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GET INVOLVED

We need your insights and expertise to help shape the future of our association and industry. Your involvement in our committees, advisory groups and forums ensures that we move forward with our mission to unite all facets of the industry as a leading advocate for real estate, driving REALTOR® business success and economic development of our communities.

Committee members are selected in September for terms that take effect on Oct. 1, the start of our fiscal year. To successfully apply for volunteer positions you must be willing to attend committee meetings and actively participate. In most cases, you must also be a CAR member in good standing, though there are a few committees that represent a wider range of participants by including non- CAR members.

If you wish to join one of our many committees, please see the following committee list, including a brief description for each, and apply for the position(s) that best fits your area of expertise.

The deadline to apply for 2020-2021 positions has now passed, with the exception of the Sustainability Work Group and RPAC Fundraising Work Group. We are accepting applications for 2021-2022 positions for all committees.


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Questions? Need help determining the best opportunity for your interests? Fill out this form — one of our staff will contact you and help you through the process.


Committee Application Process

  1. Submit your application. Deadline: June 30, 2020. Please note: the deadline to apply for 2020-2021 volunteer positions has now passed. You may apply for 2021-2022 positions below.
  2. Depending on the committee, you may be asked to come in for an interview.
  3. You will be notified by September 1, 2020 of your appointment.

Get Involved in CAR

Board of Directors

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. Applications will open for 2021-2022 in the spring. 

Audit Committee

The purpose of the Audit Committee is to oversee the integrity of the Association’s financial accounting process and systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting and use of assets.  The Audit Committee should take an active role in the prevention and deterrence of fraud, as well as an effective ethics and compliance program.   Term Length: 2 years Number of members: 5-7.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Chicagoland Community Impact Awards Advisory Group (formerly the Good Neighbor Awards)

The primary purpose of the Chicagoland Community Impact Awards (CCIA) Advisory Group is to assist staff with the planning and organization of the event, in addition to selecting the program’s award winners. This work group focuses on encouraging member attendance, as well as executing strategies to generate sponsorship revenue. Thank you for your interest. The Chicagoland Community Impact Awards Advisory Group has been put on hold while we revamp the event.

CommercialForum Committee

The purpose of the CommercialForum is to create a community of Chicagoland commercial real estate professionals to increase the likelihood of their success.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

NEW! Diversity Committee – “The 77”

Named after Chicago’s 77 unique neighborhoods, our diversity committee – affectionately known as The 77 – will tackle topics like Fair Housing and economic development, as well as engage with local chambers of commerce and quasi-governmental bodies (i.e. TIF Boards). Each committee member will serve as a designated representative in their community for peers to come to for questions, advice and other association information.

While applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed, some communities are still in need of representation. If you are interested, please email The 77 and our team will follow up. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Finance Committee

The purpose of the Finance Committee is to provide oversight of the financial management and reporting function of the Association.  The committee shall be composed of the Secretary/Treasurer plus 12 members at-large selected by the Chairperson.   Staggered, 2-year terms.  Each member is eligible for one additional consecutive 2 year-term (total of 4 years).

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Foundation Trustees

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation provides REALTORS® with educational scholarships to enhance their businesses and professionalism, fosters careers in real estate, and engages in charitable giving related to the real estate industry and housing in the Chicagoland community.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. Applications will open for 2021-2022 in the spring. 

Forms and Contracts Committee

The purpose of the Forms and Contracts Committee is to review and update all approved CAR forms and contracts on a regular basis, as well as develop any forms and contracts that will enhance members’ businesses.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Global Real Estate Council

The purpose of the Global Real Estate Council is to support CAR members who do business with global markets (inbound and outbound transactions and/or consultancy) through education and networking activities, information sharing and involvement with select global real estate organizations. The Council also fosters strong relations with local organizations representing diverse, ethnic and cultural communities in Chicagoland.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Golf Outing Advisory Group

The purpose of the Golf Outing Advisory Group is to focus on strategy and execution of generating sponsorship revenues for the golf outing, as well as engaging members to attend.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Grievance Committee

The purpose of the Grievance Committee is to review complaints received from the public and members to determine if the complaint has sufficient substance and merit to warrant an ethics or arbitration hearing or mediation procedures.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Inaugural Gala Advisory Group

The primary focus of the Inaugural Gala Advisory Group is to plan and execute table sales and generate sponsorship revenue for the event. The advisory group may also assist staff with the event planning and organization. The Inaugural Gala, an annual CAR signature event, features the installation of the association’s newly elected directors and officers, in addition to honoring the recipients of the Hall of Fame and REALTOR® of the Year awards.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Member Care Task Force

The Member Care Task Force aims to optimize the membership experience for all members. To personalize and develop relationships between the association and REALTOR® members in order to enhance member satisfaction.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Professional Development Advisory Group

The purpose of the Professional Development Advisory Group is to identify professional development topics, classes, events and new programs which would be of value to the members of CAR and the greater Chicagoland real estate community. Further, the advisory group is to promote the offerings of REALTORS® Real Estate School and the programs of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Education Fund.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Professional Standards Committee

The purpose of the Professional Standards Committee is to be responsible for enforcement of the Code of Ethics through the conduct of ethics and arbitration hearings.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Public Policy Forums

In addition, four Public Policy Forums meet, as needed, that are open to CAR members and non-members to attend, please check out the Government Advocacy Forums to get more involved.

  • Fair Housing Forum
    The purpose of the Fair Housing Forum is to provide an open setting for speakers, member involvement and information sharing related to fair housing and anti-discriminatory matters.
  • Government Advocacy Forum
    The purpose of the Government Advocacy Forum is to provide an open setting for speakers, member involvement and information sharing related to government advocacy, public policy matters and related civic matters.
  • Property Management Forum
    The purpose of the Property Management Forum is to provide an open setting for speakers, member involvement and information sharing related to property management and leasing matters.
  • RPAC Fundraising Work Group
    The purpose of the RPAC Work Group is to solicit RPAC investments annually. A key focus of the committee is securing Major Investors, as well as broad-based, lower-level investments from CAR members. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here. 

RPAC Casino Royale Advisory Group

The purpose of the RPAC Casino Royale Advisory Group is the planning and organization of the annual Casino Royale black-tie fundraising event. This work group focuses on encouraging member attendance and garnering sponsorships and RPAC contributions for the event.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Sales Awards Advisory Group

The primary focus of the Sales Awards Advisory Group is to encourage member attendance and generate sponsorship revenue through strategic planning and execution for the Sales Awards, an annual CAR signature event.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Sustainability Work Group

The Sustainability Work Group provides industry-leading education, networking and resources on sustainability and “green” real estate practices. We seek to establish Chicago REALTORS® as a ‘go-to’ resource for the Chicagoland community and elected officials looking for best-practices on sustainable building upgrades, sustainability topics and trends, marketing materials, how-to guides and real property-focused policies and advocacy.

We are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 year until September 30, 2020 – apply for the 2020-2021 year here.

West Towns Chapter Committee

The West Towns Chapter Committee supports the efforts of and provides real estate education, advocacy, networking opportunities and resources with the purpose of engaging and enhancing the West Towns real estate community. West Towns reach and influence extends across, Berwyn, Cicero, Forest Park/Oak Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Stickney, Little Village, Forest View and the surrounding Midway Airport areas.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.

Young Professionals Network Advisory Group

The CAR Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a growing group of career-minded real estate professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest tools, resources and networking opportunities available to them as REALTORS®. The YPN strives to help real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in REALTOR® Associations (all levels), take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues, create a cooperative community to share ideas with their peers and give back to the community through outreach initiatives.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. You may apply for the 2021-2022 year here.