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Become a Burnham Society Member


The Burnham Society is an invaluable group of donors who support the Chicago Architecture Foundation with annual gifts of $1,500 or more. Burnham Society members are dedicated to the Chicago Architecture Foundation's mission—inspiring people to discover why design matters. Burnham Society contributions enable the Chicago Architecture Foundation to continue offering exhibitions, lectures, tours, education classes, and a variety of other innovative programming.

Join the Burnham Society today and help the Chicago Architecture Foundation continue to serve as a vital forum for public exploration and discussion of how the built environment shapes our communities and our lives. 

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In appreciation for this generous contribution, Burnham Society members enjoy numerous benefits, including:

  • Invitations to exclusive Burnham Society events including tours and receptions not available to the public
  • Buy-two-tickets-get-two-free* on the Architecture River Cruise (one time benefit per year). 
  • Free admission to more than 65 walking and bike tours
  • Discount on all bus tours and Segway tours
  • Four (4) complimentary walking tour guest passes  
  • Two (2) complimentary passes for adult education courses
  • Invitations to special events, tours, exhibition openings, and lectures
  • Recognition in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual report
  • Invitation to the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual gala
  • 10% discount in Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop all year - special discounts on Member Appreciation Days!
  • Discount at Millennium Park and Grant Park South parking garages
  • Two (2) complimentary members-only Behind-the-Scenes tour guest passes
  • Access to members-only tour reservation hotline
  • Subscription AND recognition in the Chicago Architecture Foundation's biannual member magazine
  • Full tax-deductible donation

*Limited tickets for Saturday departures.


Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Burnham Society or would like to become a Burnham Society member, please contact Jen VanValkenburg at 312.332.1139 or jvanvalkenburg(at)architecture(dot)org.



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