EIN 36-6144362

Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)

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The Chicago Architecture Foundation's (caf) mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. Caf advances public interest and education in Architecture and related design. The organization pursues this mission through a comprehensive progr...
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Chicago Architecture Foundation
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Tours are the hallmark of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and offer insights into Chicago's buildings, neighborhoods, and environments. Due to the effects of covid-19, attendance decreased from 411,000 visitors in 2019 to 47,122 in 2020. Cac tours are given by 400 trained volunteer docents who also write and conceptualize the tour offerings for boat, bus, walking and el.cac opened a 20,000 square foot Architecture center and simultaneously rebranded as the Chicago Architecture center (cac) in late summer 2018. The center offers a skyscraper gallery, rotating exhibits and a large-scale interactive model of the city of Chicago.
Cac offers exhibitions and public programs on the subject of Architecture and the built environment. In 2020, attendance for the cac decreased by 88% to 10,500 people who participated in our exhibitions. Because public programs were virtual, we were able to grow our audience to 15,000 people who attended talks on subjects such as sustainability, preservation, planning and design. Open house Chicago was extended to a 17-day festival and attracted new audiences to cac who explored neighborhoods and trails throughout the city by using a new interactive app in addition to participating in dynamic virtual community programs. More than 120,000 people participated.
The cac youth initiatives and cac teen programs provide programming and tours about Architecture and the built environment, covering "stem" curriculum subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for k-12 students and teachers. Cac directly served over 30,000 students, family and teachers through field trips, workshops, competitions, camps, internships and classroom programs. 2020 was the 38th year of the newhouse Architecture and design competition and took on an all-virtual format. Core programs, including girls build!, teen fellows and summer camps continued, and new options, such as cac for the family (video and hands-on activity series) served new and existing audiences in Chicago and beyond.

Who funds Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Chicago Community TrustGeneral Operating Support$111,800
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$111,128
National Philanthropic TrustCulture & Arts$107,000
...and 39 more grants received totalling $839,899

Personnel at CAC

Learn MorePresident and Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer
Lynn OsmondPresident and Chief Executive Officer$383,323
Michael MalakVice President of Operations and Business Strategy$156,797
Lori KleinermanVice President of Marketing$169,007
Lynne Considine NiemanVice President of Development$142,114
...and 9 more key personnel

Financials for CAC

RevenuesFYE 12/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$3,884,026
Program services$1,723,963
Investment income and dividends$15,105
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$1,190
Net rental income$29,548
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$51
Net income from fundraising events$-86,461
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$36,694
Total revenues$5,604,116

Form 990s for CAC

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-10-05990View PDF
2019-122021-02-19990View PDF
2018-122020-01-13990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122017-12-05990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 4, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 9 new grant, including a grant for $111,800 from The Chicago Community Trust
July 26, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 8 new personnel
October 3, 2021
Received grants
Identified 12 new grant, including a grant for $85,000 from John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation
August 22, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsCharities
EducationArts, cultural, and humanities
MembershipsFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
111 East Wacker Dr No 1321
Chicago, IL 60601
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Cook County, IL
Website URL
(312) 922-3432
Facebook page
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A40: Visual Art Organizations, Services
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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