Connect with the Chicago Advertising Federation

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, current and connected with our dynamic and vibrant advertising community. View the full list of member benefits!


CAF Events

  • Ad Woman of the Year recognizes a woman who has made significant contributions in the field of advertising. 
  • 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. 
  • Educational panel and keynote discussions - provide insight and discussions around important topics facing today's ad professionals. 

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

CAF is supported by the following sponsors:





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