139th Inaugural Gala - Chicago Association of REALTORS®


139th Inaugural Gala

Friday, September 23, 2022
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
See below details
Early Bird Tickets (Ends Friday, August 26 at 11:59 PM)
  • CAR Member Table: $1,950 | CAR Member Individual: $199
  • Reception Only Ticket: $85
Regular Tickets (Start: Saturday, August 27; Ends Friday, September 16 at 11:59 PM)
  • CAR Member Table: $2,200 | CAR Member Individual: $249
  • Reception Only Ticket: $95
Pre-Registration will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, September 16.

The Night for Real Estate in Chicago

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® proudly presents the 139th Annual Inaugural Gala, the premiere night for real estate in Chicago, hosted at the Hilton Chicago.

Join us as we install the Chicago Association of REALTORS® 2023 leadership team: 2023 President Sarah Ware, 2023 President-Elect Drussy Hernandez and 2023 Treasurer Erika Villegas. We will also honor our 2022 REALTOR® Award winners, including REALTOR® of the Year Nykea Pippion McGriff and the newest inductee to the Hall of Fame Leon I. Walker.

We are so excited to return to celebrating together in person for this historic, glamorous evening.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available


This year’s Gala is the perfect combination of formal and comfortable.

Attire is black-tie optional as always, but this year, bust out your finest kicks for the sneaker ball! Browse looks from last year here.

To get this discounted pricing, you must obtain a discount sticker either when entering the parking garage or at the check-in for the Gala.

  • Valet: Valet Parking is available onsite for $45, valid up to eight (8) hours.
  • Self-Park: Event Self-Parking is available onsite for $28, valid up to sixteen (16) hours. Don’t forget to get your discount sticker at Check-In!

A program ticket includes:

  • Dinner with wine and cocktails.
  • Admission to the after-party.
  • Other fun event experiences and surprises!

A reception only ticket includes admission to the after-party and fun event experiences and surprises! Check your emails for detailed arrival information.


Sarah Ware

Ware Realty Group


Drussy Hernandez

Coldwell Banker Realty


Erika Villegas

RE/MAX In The Village

Immediate Past President

Antje Gehrken

A.R.E. Partners

REALTOR® of the Year

Nykea Pippion McGriff

Coldwell Banker Realty

Hall of Fame Inductee

Leon I. Walker

Managing Partner, DL3 Realty Advisors, LLC

REALTOR® Achievement
Matt Difanis | RE/MAX Realty Associates

Commercial Achievement
Moses Hall | MoHall Commercial and Urban Development

REALTOR® Community Service
Lindsay Guhl | @properties | Christie’s International Real Estate

REALTOR® Community Service
Vicky Silvano | COMPASS

Affiliate of the Year
Amir Syed | Guaranteed Rate

Managing Broker of the Year (1-50 Licensees)
Perdure Carter | Dream Spots Leasing Inc.

Managing Broker of the Year (51+ Licensees)
Lyle Harlow | Kale Realty

Industry Partner Member
Tracey Royal | Coldwell Banker Realty

Brian A. Bernardoni Political Advocacy Award
Matt Silver | Corcoran Urban Real Estate

Brian A. Bernardoni Public Official of the Year
Bridget Gainer | Cook County Commissioner, 10th District



  • 139th Inaugural Gala

  • Space is limited. Please click here for more information on CAR’s event attendance and cancellation policy.

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