CAF membership helps you accomplish many goals, such as:

  • Networking with other advertising professionals who are the movers, shakers and thought leaders of Chicago Advertising
  • Celebrating the Dynamic and Vibrant Chicago Advertising Community through exciting events like the American Advertising Awards, Silver Medal Award and Ad Woman of the Year
  • Giving back to the community through volunteer opportunities at the Off the Street Club, the annual CAF Career Day for college students, a new student mentor program and connecting with Young Professionals as their careers take shape
  • Advancing professional development through CAF hosted educational programming
  • Getting involved! CAF has a number of initiatives that you can help influence, develop and execute.


Dues Structure
CAF has a corporate membership structure. Dues payments are determined by the employee count in your Chicago/Chicagoland area office(s). All Chicago based employees of a member company are considered CAF members.  

Member Type Annual Membership Fee
Sole Proprietor (consultants, contractors, free lance*) $200
Corporate 1 (1-5 Employees) $325
Corporate 2 (6-49 Employees) $500
Corporate 3 (50-99 Employees) $1000
Corporate 4 (100-499 Employees) $2000
Corporate 5 (500-999 Employees) $3000
Corporate 6 (1000+ Employees) $4000
Young Professional (Under 30 years of age) $75
Full-time Student or Faculty** $35

To download the membership application, click here.

**Please email a copy documenting student/professor identification to


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

CAF is supported by the following sponsors:





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