The Mission of CMAA is to promote the profession of Construction Management and the use of qualified Construction Managers on capital projects and programs.

    The Vision of CMAA is that all owners will realize capital project and program success by using professionally qualified Construction Managers. CMAA-Chicago brings together professionals from Chicago and around the Midwest.

To join the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Management Association, you must first enroll to become a member of the National CMAA Chapter.

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CMAA National Website and CMAA-CII Alliance Website

CMAA National Website and CMAA-CII Alliance Website


Upcoming Events

February Luncheon: Related Midwest- 'The 78' Mega-Development

Presented by: Don Biernacki, Related Midwest, Senior Vice President of Construction

Join CMAA Chicago for our February Lunch Presentation!

Envisioned by Related Midwest, The 78 will transform 62-acres of vacant land in downtown Chicago into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood, and will include residential, retail and restaurant offerings, office space to attract flagship companies, and cultural institutions. The 78 will feature more than 11 acres of public green and open space, and design features that draw people to a unique riverfront with restaurants and entertainment. The 78 will be a completely walkable community with extensive road, water, bike and walkways and will knit together the surrounding neighborhoods of the Loop, South Loop, Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen. When completed, The 78 will contribute more than $48 billion in economic activity to Chicago over the next 30 years and create more than 15,000 new construction jobs and 23,000 new, permanent jobs and economic opportunities that will directly benefit residents of the city’s South and West sides.

WHEN:     Thursday, February 28, 2018
WHERE:   Petterino's- 150 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago
TIME:       11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
COST:       $55.00 Member/ $65.00 Non-Members/ $25.00 Students

Recent Events

January Luncheon: IDOT - CREATE

Presented by: Beth McCluskey, Director

Thank you to those who attended this luncheon!

The Office of Intermodal Project Implementation coordinates activities for transit, rail, and aeronautics. The Office’s mission is to provide safe, efficient, affordable, reliable, and coordinated transportation of people and goods through rail, mass transit, and related modes of transportation. 

The Office is overseeing the CREATE rail program. CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership between U.S. DOT, the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, Cook County, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads. A project of national significance, CREATE will invest billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents.

Check out there website for more information:

December 2018 Holiday Party

NAWIC and CMAA Chicago joined together on December 12th to celebrate the year and the holiday season with our members! Thank you to all who came out!

Thank you for another excellent year!

We look forward to making 2019 even better!

November Luncheon: Cook County- Department of Capital Planning and Policy

On November 15th, Earl Manning, Director, DCPP , Eric Davis, Deputy Director, DCPP, and Brandy Koch, Assistant Director, DCPP from the Bureau of Asset Management, Department of Capital Planning & Policy management team presented the Upcoming Initiatives and Opportunities for A/E’s, CM’s, and Contractors.

The Department of Capital Planning & Policy’s goal is to provide safe, secure and accessible facilities through capital construction projects for all County departments and elected officials, in order that they may serve the public and perform their duties in an environment that fosters efficient, convenient and cost-effective delivery of public services.

Thank you all for attending!

CMAA Oktoberfest Social

Thank you for joining CMAA Chicago Chapter at the Oktoberfest social event at Metropolitan Brewing on October 23rd, 2018. Metropolitan Planning Council Vice President Josh Ellis discussed recent and ongoing improvements to the Chicago River, and the Great Rivers Chicago program, which was launched by MPC in 2016.

CMAA has partnered with Chef Clayton Weber to provide a menu designed to be paired with the current Metropolitan seasonal selection of beers. Thank you to all who came out!

Illinois Tollway Central Tri-State Project

presented by Paul Kovacs, Chief Engineering Officer and Clarita Lao, Deputy Chief of Program Implementation

Thank you all for coming out to the September luncheon on Thursday, September 21st.

The Central Tri-State Corridor represents 22 miles of I-294 from 95th Street to Balmoral Avenue.   Originally constructed in 1958, this segment of the Tollway has continued to make due with patchwork repairs over the years while the northern and southern portions of the system have been fully reconstructed. 

The Tollway will outline their $4 billion Central Tri-State reconstruction plan to increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve travel reliability. 

Please thank our sponsors for this event. Sponsorship opportunities for this, and future events are available - contact Kevin Wilson at for more details.

IIT Ed Kaplan Family Institute

For Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

IIT Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

Friday, June 29, 2018 - Construction is nearly complete for this state of the art building that will house workshop, media lab, and collaboration space offering students and faculty a centralized facility with a singular purpose of promoting the basic elements of innovation allowing the transition of new ideas into products and processes.  

The design features technologically advanced materials and features including a dynamic ETFE façade as well as radiant heating and cooling.  The project in on track to receive LEED Silver certification.  

CMAA Chicago Annual Golf Outing - 13th Annual Golf Outing

The Spring season has officially arrived and golfing is in the air!
Thank you to those who attended the gold outing and contributed to the Scholarship Fund! The gold outing provides scholarships to qualifying ACE and graduate/undergraduate college students interested in the field of construction management. 


With that, we would also like to thank this year's Project Achievement & Scholarship Program Award winners! 

We are proud to congratulate the recipients for this year’s Scholarship Awards. each of who received a plaque, and a check for $2,500. They are as follows:

  • Tyler Bratland, Undergrad at UIC

  • Xavier John, Undergrad at IIT

  • Tyler Kleinsasser, Undergrad at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

  • Lufan Wang, Grad at UIUC


The Project Achievement Awards were based on the following categories:

Constructed value less than $25 Million: Benesch - 120th & Torrence Grade Separation - Chicago, IL

Constructed value greater than $25 Million: V3/TY Lin - Itasca, Illinois 


Constructed value less than $25 Million: JLL & McHugh - Ritz Carlton
Constructed value greater than $25 Million: Gilbane - Township High School District 113

Omega I-90 - 31 to Illinois Route 53 

Congratulations to all!

Past Events


 We will provide more information as event planning develops, and we look forward to see you there! Click "Join Our Mailing List" above, or email Heather McNitt at  to join CMAA and keep up to date with our last events!

Summer Site Visits (tentative)

  • June: CTA Project

  • July: Cook County Health & Hospital

  • August: Project with Lend Lease


2018 National Conference & Trade Show

When: October 14-16, 2018

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, contact the CMAA Chicago Chapter Secretary, Heather McNitt at .