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When you sponsor the Chicago Architecture Center, you invest in our city's future.

Serving more than 500,000 guests annually, the CAC consistently ranks among the top 10 Chicago cultural institutions. This means that when you sponsor the CAC, your benefits are twofold: not only are you connecting with our highly desirable audience, but you’re also supporting one of Chicago’s leading cultural institutions.

Today the CAC’s mission is more important than ever. We are leading a critical conversation about the role architecture and design play in making Chicago a city where everyone can thrive. With the help of our corporate, foundation, and government partners, CAC empowers people to celebrate, protect, and plan for the future of our city and our communities.

The Chicago Architecture Center offers a wide range of sponsorship opportunities – from-year long programs and special events, to exhibitions and engagement initiatives, as well as customized opportunities to meet your needs and budget.

For more information, please contact Jenny Seidelman, Director of Corporate Engagement at or 312.561.2139 or Jenn McAllister, Manager of Foundation and Institutional Relations at or (312) 561-2120.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Chicago Architecture Center offers customized sponsorship and partnership opportunities to support ongoing events and symposiums; exhibitions, tours, and public programs; our annual gala; and Open House Chicago.


CAC’s home on Wacker Drive offers a host of rotating and permanent exhibits, examining architecture, engineering, construction, and design, and the built environment from a wide array of perspectives.

Community Engagement

Our largest-scale community engagement initiative, the free, annual, Open House Chicago (OHC), invites Chicagoans to explore unique spaces around the city that are not usually open to the public. In 2023, OHC featured 170+ sites and welcomed more than 25,000 visitors.

Youth Education

Education programs focus on STEM-learning and inspire young people to engage with architecture, construction, engineering, and design. These programs are offered year-round and reach 3,000+ students. Most programs are offered for free or low cost.


Year-round, CAC offers adult education programming offers lectures on unique topics; expert-led discussions on the latest urban design issues; hands-on activities such as designing stain-glass windows and sketching the Chicago skyline; and trivia nights.


Designing Futures, CAC’s annual Gala, takes place in the fall of each year. Hundreds of individual supporters and members of the Chicago business community gather in an architecturally unique venue to celebrate CAC and local champions of the built environment.

Join these funders and partners whose support makes the CAC's programs possible:

AIA Chicago
bKL Architecture LLC
Bolhous Foundation
Booth Hansen
Buchanan Family Foundation
Cannon Design
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chuhak & Tecson
Convexity Properties
Cotter Consulting
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Crown Family Philanthropies
The Donnelley Foundation
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
Edelman Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Equity Office
Forward Space
Golub & Company

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
The Hickey Family Foundation
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Jahn Foundation
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Jones Lang LaSalle
Julis N. Frankel Foundation
Kensington Square Foundation
The Knowles Foundation
Kohn Peterson Fox
Kohn Peterson Fox Foundation
Krueck Sexton Partners
Lamar Johnson Collective
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Loewenberg Charitable Foundation
Michael Reese Foundation
MillerKnoll Foundation
Moelven Limtre
Morrison Architectural Planning

Old National Bank Foundation
Orren Pickell Building Group, LLC
Oxford Capital Group, LLC
Perkins + Will
The Polsky Foundation
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Quarles & Brady LLP
RATIO Architects
Redmond Construction
Related Midwest
Ross Barney Architects, Inc
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Slipstream Group, Inc
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Studio Gang Architects
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Tawani Foundation
Tawani Property Management
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Thornton Tomasetti
Trust for Public Land
Turner Construction Company
UL Solutions
USG Corporation