Chicago Advertising Federation Awards

American Advertising Awards
The American Advertising Federation's (AAF) American Advertising Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world.

Advertising Woman of the Year
CAF presents this annual award to a distinguished woman in the advertising world.  This award is presented to an individual who has provided female leadership and has been recognized for their achievement.  A luncheon is held to present the winner with the award.

Silver Medal Award
This is an annual event held to honor a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his/her contributions and accomplishments.  This person is selected by either the membership or a committee.  The program is supported by the recipient's agency or company with planning help from the committee.


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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