Sponsor and Advertise with AIA Chicago

Demonstrate your support for Chicago’s architectural community and provide your company with unprecedented visibility to AIA Chicago’s 4,000+ members and 15,000 social media followers.

Learn how your company can receive the highest level of recognition through our 1869Circle Partner Program

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities


Event Date: Thursday, September 5, 2024
Sponsorship Deadline: Wednesday, August 7, 2024

Chicago's premier architectural celebration of the year, hosted by AIA Chicago, showcases the latest and best award-winning projects designed by Chicago's architects. Held annually and with an attendance of 1,200-1,500 architects and designers, this is a great event for high exposure to those leading the industry.

1869Circle Eligible.

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People's Choice Award Title Sponsor

Spotlight Plus


Bar Sponsor






CRAN Symposium

Event Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Sponsorship Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2024

The 2024 Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Symposium is a day of informative sessions focused on impactful topics relevant to custom residential architects and small firm practitioners. With an estimated attendance of over 150 individuals, the day will include networking, table top opportunities, as well as an evening cocktail reception to be held in conjunction with our Third Thursdays series.

1869Circle Eligible.

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Breakfast, Lunch, or Break Sponsor

Reception Food & Beverage Sponsor

Notebook Sponsor

Knowledge Communities and Affinity Groups

Knowledge Communities (KC) are practice-area or professional-based interest groups and Affinity Groups (AG) are identity and mission focused groups of AIA Chicago's membership. They are organized for the purposes of sharing information, providing learning opportunities and events, and networking.

1869Circle Eligible.

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Knowledge Communities

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One Time Host, Food & Beverage

Mid-Year Join Friend

As an annual AIA Chicago Knowledge Community or Affinity Group sponsor, you’ll receive recognition at all programs from the date of payment. All Knowledge Communities and Affinity Groups are expected to host a minimum of three programs annually. A-la-carte sponsorships, including hosting, food and beverage, as well as other options may also be available.

Professional Development Groups

Exclusive leadership and professional development programs designed to challenge participants and encourage growth.

Groups eligible for Sponsorship:
Wing Mentorship Program: Semester-long mentorship program that pairs architecture students with young working professionals.
Program runs November through May
Bridge Mentorship Program: Nine-month mentorship program that connects AIA Fellows with rising professionals.
Program runs September through May
Transform Leadership Course: Intensive, three-month interactive series of classes focused on skill building for the business of architecture.
Program runs September through end of November

1869Circle Eligible.

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  • Recognition during each event
  • Logo recognition on the corresponding page of the AIA Chicago website
  • Logo recognition on designated event communications
  • Logo recognition on-screen during designated in-person and online events

*Benefits subject to change and may vary between groups.

By selecting to be either an AIA Chicago Bridge, Wing, or Transform sponsor, you’ll receive recognition at all group meetings and activities to commence upon the receipt of payment and logo.
Group photo of participants of AIA Chicago Bridge Mentorship around a table.

Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Holiday Open House

Event Date: Early December, 2024

The Annual Meeting is a members-only, virtual business meeting in December that recaps the accomplishments of the past year. The Awards Ceremony and Holiday Open House, co-hosted with the Chicago Architecture Center and numerous allied organizations, is an end-of-year celebration of collaborative achievements with 200+ architects and designers in attendance.

1869Circle Eligible.

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1 Occurring at the end of the program

 * Benefits subject to change.

Third Thursdays

Event Dates: Third Thursday of seven months
Sponsorship Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2024

Held on the Third Thursday of the month, AIA Chicago members and friends alike are welcome to attend vibrant social gatherings that aim to inform and to provide networking opportunities. These events focus on the members of our chapter and the innovative and groundbreaking projects and initiatives they are leading.

1869Circle Eligible.


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Event Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
Sponsorship Deadline:  Friday, March 29, 2024

Guess-A-Sketch brings together our great community of architects, architecture enthusiasts, young professionals, and suppliers and consultants for a team-based architecture-themed Pictionary competition and networking event. Spectators can watch some of Chicago's most well-known architects sketch iconic buildings while competing teams try to guess to claim the Championship title. Spectators can also guess to win prizes! A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit AIA Chicago Foundation scholarship funds. Estimated attendance is 200 guests.

1869Circle Eligible.

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All Star (Includes Team)

MVP (Includes Team)

Team Player (Includes Team)

Bar Sponsor


Ad Partner

Advertising Opportunities

Vendor Education Program

The Vendors Education Program (VEP) is an opportunity for AIA Chicago Affiliate Members to present their products and/or services to the membership of the chapter. This will give your company direct exposure to our nearly 4,000 architect and affiliate members and those who attend your event.

1869Circle Eligible.

Package A

Package B

1 Subject to vendor providing content at least five weeks ahead of scheduled event date.
2 Benefit applicable if information and payment has been made at least three weeks prior to event.
3 Subject to availability.

* Benefits subject to change.

AIA Chicago Responsibilities:

  • Provide promotion as described above, in addition to vendor's self-promotion.
  • Provide space for up-to 75 guests in our office.
  • AIA Chicago can not guarantee registration or attendance.

Vendor Responsibilities:

  • Promote the event through applicable channels.
  • Option to provide food and beverage to guests, at-cost to vendor.
  • Manage registration of event, with the names and emails of attendees sent to AIA Chicago within 48 hours of event to provide to building security.
  • Vendor must be registered as an AIA Continuing Education Provider.
  • Vendor is responsible for submitting Learning Units to The AIA for their program upon completion.

Chicago Architect Magazine

Promote your company or organization with an advertisement in Chicago Architect, AIA Chicago’s in-house magazine. Published four times a year, Chicago Architect is the primary outreach tool of AIA Chicago and distributed to our 4,000 members. 1869Circle Eligible.
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Email Advertising

AIA Chicago E-News
Place your company or organization's products, services, events, or press releases with a clickable link in the AIA Chicago e-News, distributed every other week to over 15,300 subscribers. Rates vary, bulk rates apply. 1869Circle Eligible.
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AIA Chicago Dedicated E-Blast
Send a specialized e-Blast to AIA Chicago’s list of over 15,300 subscribers. 1869Circle Eligible.
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Website Advertising

Advertising on the AIA Chicago website is a great way to reach member and non-member visitors and reinforce your marketing message. Visitors log on to aiachicago.org to learn about upcoming association events and discover ways to maximize their AIA Chicago membership.
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AIA Chicago Statistics

2021 Year in Review


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AIA Chicago Membership in 2023

AIA and FAIA: 2,297
Associate AIA: 587
Affiliate AIA Chicago: 210
Student: 625
Emeritus: 248

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