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Chicago Architecture Center Gala 2020

Thank you for joining us for Gala 2020: Open Doors Open Minds. This year, the CAC’s annual fundraiser celebrates Nila R. Leiserowitz and Edward J. Wehmer, and previews the longest-ever Open House Chicago festival.

The virtual event begins at 6pm Central Time on Thursday, July 23. Access is FREE on this page and via the CAC’s YouTube channel.

All those who make contributions on July 23, 2020 will be entered to win a specially curated, one-of-a-kind Open House Chicago experience—simply click on the donate button below. All proceeds from Gala 2020 support the Chicago Architecture Center, its education programs and the 10th annual Open House Chicago. Thank you for your generosity!



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Gala 2020 Awardees

We are thrilled to recognize this year's honorees.

Edward J. WehmerEdward J. Wehmer
Founder & CEO 
Wintrust Financial Corporation
For Wintrust's Generous Sponsorship of Open House Chicago


Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, FIIDANila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, FIIDA
Recently retired Regional Managing Principal
For her 40 years of extraordinary service to the design industry.

Gala Co-Chairs

  • Andy Gloor, Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bay
  • Ursula Moncau, President, Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Theodore J. Novak, Partner, DLA Piper
  • John W. Rutledge, Founder & CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC
  • Grant C. Uhlir, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler

Prefer to make a donation by check? Please mail checks to:

Chicago Architecture Center
ATTN: Development Department
111 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1321
Chicago, IL 60601