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Save the date for the Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala on Thursday, April 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago! Funds raised that evening will support the expansion of our award-winning education programs in our brand new Chicago Architecture Center. Join us at the CAC after the gala for dessert.

$500 Individual Ticket
$5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

Online registration is now closed. Please contact Brittany Barnes at or (312) 561.2117 for questions.

We are excited to honor these extraordinary friends of CAC for their impact on our community and commitment to Chicago.

Catalyst Award

In recognition of his extraordinary commitment to the built environment

Theodore J. Novak
DLA Piper

Ted Novak

Ted Novak is one of the country's most highly regarded real estate and land use attorneys. His extensive experience with administrative, legislative and judicial processes has been instrumental in the acquisition, disposition, condemnation, rezoning and development of all types of property. Ted has vast litigation experience in trial courts, which includes arguing before the Illinois Supreme and appellate courts on numerous occasions. He's handled some of the most significant and controversial real estate and land use projects in the Midwest.  His impressive client list includes Morton Salt, the University of Chicago, the owner of Willis Tower and many other large stock-exchange-listed companies and individual property owners and developers.

Corporate Award

In recognition for their outstanding contributions to the creation of the Chicago Architecture Center

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) was founded in 2006 by partners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest. The firm is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale. AS+GG approaches each project—regardless of size or scale—with an understanding that design has a unique power to influence civic life. Among those projects is the Chicago Architecture Center.

Turner Construction

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse market segments. With a staff of 6,000 employees, the company completes $12 billion of construction on 1,500 projects each year. Turner offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community.

  • Curt R. Bailey, President, Related Midwest
  • Richard F. Klawiter, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Alan McLenaghan, Ph.D., CEO, Saint-Gobain SageGlass
  • John C. Pintozzi, Senior Vice President & CFO, Allstate Investments

For information about sponsorship opportunities contact External Events Manager Brittany Barnes at or 312.561.2117

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