Connect with the Chicago Advertising Federation

The Chicago Advertising Federation is one of the country’s oldest and largest advertising organizations, representing more than 100 companies and touching thousands of advertising professionals.  The mission of the Chicago Advertising Federation is to foster momentum in Chicago’s advertising community.

We are proud to serve as the unifying group that connects those working in all facets of our business from advertisers to advertising agencies to media and all related advertising industry services.  The Chicago Advertising Federation keeps you inspired and current and connected with our dynamic and vibrant advertising community. 

CAF Events

  • The Silver Medal Award Event honors a distinguished member of the Chicago ad community for their contributions and accomplishments to the field of advertising.  
  • Our annual American Advertising Awards, celebrates the wonderful, inspiring creative work being done here in Chicago. 
  • Career Day is a full day for college students and career changers to learn about the field of advertising. 
  • Ad Woman of the Year recognizes a woman who has made significant contributions in the field of advertising. 
  • Lunch discussions - provide insight and discussions around important topics facing today's ad professionals. 

Member Benefits

  • Professional and educational development through CAF hosted programming
  • Celebrating the dynamic and vibrant Chicago ad community through CAF Signature events: The American Advertising Awards, Silver Medal Award, Ad Woman of the Year and Career Day
  • Networking with other advertising professionals, thought leaders and motivators
  • Discounted rates and priority access at CAF events, along with slect partner events
  • Opportunities to link your company to CAF through tailored sponsor programs
  • Membership in the American Advertising Federation corresponding benefits at
  • Committee involvement option s for the advancement of CAF advertising industry initiatives
  • Listing in CAF website membership directory and member spotlight profile
  • Giving back through opportunities with Off the Street Club, CAF Career Day and connecting with young professionals as their careers take shape

Membership Structure
CAF has a corporate membership structure. When your company joins, every Chicago-based employee at your company becomes a CAF member. For more information visit or contact CAF to discuss how membership can benefit you and your company. 

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities
In addition to membership, CAF offers sponsorship and advertising options that provide access to CAF members and the Chicago advertising community. Contact CAF for more information or to discuss options that may fit your company.  



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The Chicago Advertising Federation exists to foster momentum in Chicago’s advertising industry. The four pillars of the Chicago Advertising Federation are:

  • Professional Enrichment
  • Chicago Market & Industry Recognition
  • Networking
  • Community Involvement

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