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With the theme "Opening Doors, Opening Minds" the 2020 gala will kick off the 10th anniversary of Open House Chicago—the CAC's signature festival that welcomes everyone to celebrate Chicago's vibrant culture and amazing architecture.

April 23, 2020
5:30 pm
$500 Individual ticket
$5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.


For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Events Manager Brittany Barnes at or (312) 561-2117.

Prefer to pay by check? Fill out the sponsorship form to request an invoice.

Hosted by the CAC every October, Open House Chicago (OHC) is a free festival that gives the public behind-the-scenes access to hundreds of architecturally significant buildings across the city.

OHC helps share the richness of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods with all. It bridges the gap between communities and turns strangers into neighbors. All proceeds from the 2020 Gala will support Open House Chicago. Tickets include entry to an after party at the CAC. Mark your calendar and buy tickets now!

Honoring OHC's Presenting Sponsor

Edward J. Wehmer
President, CEO and Founder
Wintrust Financial Corporation

Edward J. Wehmer

As President and CEO, Edward J. Wehmer is responsible for overseeing the execution of the day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives of Wintrust Financial Corporation.

The idea for Wintrust began over a card table, a few cold beers and the thought of being the alternative to the big banks. Seeing a real need for a return to true community banking and personalized service in the area, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company—the original Wintrust Bank—opened in December 1991. More banks in the Chicago suburbs followed, each with the same mission, and with bankers who believed in that mission.

After 20 years of exceptional growth, Wintrust saw an opportunity to serve the many diverse neighborhoods in the heart of Chicago, and Wintrust Bank was established.

Ed serves on several boards in the area, including boards for the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and the Archdiocese of Chicago. He and his wife, Dorothy, are also involved with many charitable organizations in the Chicago area.

Thank you to our 2019 gala sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 gala sponsors

For information about 2020 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Events Manager Brittany Barnes at or (312) 561-2117.