EIN 36-6144362

Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)

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Chicago Architecture Center advances public knowledge and appreciation of architecture through exhibitions and public programs, inspiring people to discover why design matters. As the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation, CAC serves K-12 students and teachers with youth initiatives and teen programs covering STEM curriculum subjects. In 2021, CAC attendance increased by 122% from 2020, with 23,700 people participating in their exhibitions while offering public programs.
Also known as...
Chicago Architecture Foundation
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Program areas at CAC

Tours are the hallmark of the Chicago Architecture center and offer insights into Chicago's buildings, neighborhoods, and environments. In 2022 tour attendance was over 22,000 for walking tours and over 318,000 for boat tours. Cac tours are given by 386 trained volunteer docents who also write and conceptualize the tour offerings for boat, bus, walking and el.
Cac offers exhibitions and public programs on the subject of Architecture and the built environment. In 2022, over 35,000 people participated in our exhibitions. The center offers a skyscraper gallery, rotating exhibits and alarge-scale interactive model of the city of Chicago.
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 through field trips, workshops, competitions, camps, internships and classroom programs. The cac's newhouse Architecture + design competition showcases the talents of Chicago area students who create projects that address real-world problems. Cac's longest standing education program, newhouse, celebrated 40 years of inspiring teens to discover why design matters in 2022. Other core program include girls build!, and teen fellows.
Museum shop, marketing, membership and other program services

Grants made by CAC

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Association of Architecture OrganizationsGeneral Support$0

Who funds Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Chicago Community TrustGeneral Operating Support, 2021 Gala Support (No Tickets Or Benefits). in Support of the Come Home Project, From the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust.$235,800
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$102,340
National Philanthropic TrustCulture & Arts$98,000
...and 53 more grants received totalling $1,019,585

Personnel at CAC

Eleanor GorskiChief Executive Officer$27,083
Learn MoreChief Executive Officer and President
Lynn OsmondPresident and Chief Executive Officer$209,936
Juanna BlackwellChief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer$295,058
Simone EdwardsChief Financial Officer
...and 19 more key personnel

Financials for CAC

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$4,240,436
Program services$16,652,779
Investment income and dividends$33,257
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$1,350
Net rental income$71,570
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$22
Net income from fundraising events$-167,326
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$265,709
Miscellaneous revenues$7,216
Total revenues$21,105,013

Form 990s for CAC

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-14990View PDF
2021-122022-11-15990View PDF
2020-122021-10-05990View PDF
2019-122021-02-19990View PDF
2018-122020-01-13990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
January 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 15 new grant, including a grant for $40,000 from The Spencer Foundation
December 26, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
December 26, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
December 24, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
October 23, 2023
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $235,800 from The Chicago Community Trust
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanities
Fundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
111 E Wacker Dr 1321
Chicago, IL 60601
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Website URL
(312) 922-3432
Facebook page
Twitter profile
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Form 990
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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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