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Lynn Osmond is departing the Chicago Structure Heart after a transformative 25-year run


The Chicago Structure Heart (CAC) has introduced that Lynn Osmond, the nonprofit group’s longtime president and CEO, will depart on April 29 to guide Chicago’s official tourism company, Select Chicago, as its first feminine president and CEO. That appointment is efficient Might 2. Osmond has led CAC since 1996, when the then-30-year-old group was often known as the Chicago Structure Basis (CAF).

Osmond has piloted the CAC via an eventful 25 years that included the launch of the wildly profitable Open Home Chicago in 2010, a major growth of its public programming and its wildly common strolling excursions and architectural sightseeing cruises alongside the Chicago River operated in partnership with First Girl Cruises, and the bolstering of myriad academic partnerships and initiatives together with the discharge of The Structure Handbook for highschool college students. In 2018, CAF formally turned CAC with the opening of its 20,000-square-foot new headquarters and AIA award-winning exhibition and occasion area on the Mies van der Rohe-designed One Illinois Heart at 111 East Wacker Drive. This transformative development occurred regardless of a slew of disruptive and extremely difficult world occasions together with 9/11, the 2018 financial disaster, and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, which noticed CAC make a swift and sturdy transition to digital programming in lieu of in-person exhibitions and occasions.

As detailed by CAC, when Osmond joined in 1996 it was a $2.4 million group with an viewers of roughly 150,000 folks; 20 years later, in 2016, it had grown right into a $25 million group with an annual viewers of 700,000.

“It was a tricky resolution however I’m enthusiastic about this new chapter as I put together to guide Select Chicago,” mentioned Osmond in an announcement. “I’m pleased with my 25 years on the Chicago Structure Heart, all the pieces we achieved and all of the work we did to advertise our nice metropolis and our unmatched structure. This places me in a robust place to proceed to indicate the world why Chicago is persistently a high vacation spot for native, nationwide and worldwide guests.”

Juanna Blackwell, CAC’s chief working officer, will function interim chief whereas the group’s Board of Trustees conducts a nationwide seek for the following president.

John W. Rutledge, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Oxford Capital Group who serves as chairman of CAC’s Board of Trustees, referred to Osmond as a “transformational chief” whose “vitality, imaginative and prescient and keenness have resulted within the CAC turning into one of many high ten cultural establishments within the metropolis and is acknowledged globally.”

“We’re sorry to see her go however are excited Select Chicago can be getting such a dynamic chief,” he added.

Each Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker remarked on Osmond’s transfer from CAC to Select Chicago in a press announcement launched by the Mayor’s Workplace.

“Lynn Osmond’s thorough expertise main the Chicago Structure Heart can be an incredible asset to Select Chicago—and we’re proud she is the primary girl to tackle the job,” commented Lightfoot. “As town continues to see an increase in tourism, Osmond’s intimate data of this metropolis will guarantee that we’ll proceed to securely encourage and delight those that come to Chicago for work or play.”

Per her official bio, Osmond, a local of Ontario, is the Rapid Previous President of Worldwide Ladies’s Discussion board Chicago, Chair of the Affiliation of Structure Organizations, and on the board of the Magnificent Mile Affiliation. She was appointed a commissioner on the Fee on Chicago Landmarks by the mayor and is a member of the Industrial Membership, the Chicago Community, and the Financial Membership of Chicago, amongst others. Osmond has acquired quite a few awards and accolades throughout her time at CAC and in 2005 turned an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.

AN will publish a extra complete have a look at Osmond’s time with CAC within the coming weeks.

Within the meantime, present reveals on view at CAC’s riverfront dwelling embody Housing for a Altering Nation, From Me to We: Imaging the Metropolis of 2050, and the free pop-up Thompson Heart Concepts Competitors exhibit within the middle’s foyer. Power Revolution opens on April 9. And, as at all times, the middle’s Chicago Metropolis Mannequin Expertise, which first debuted in 2009, stays a high draw for vacationers and Chicagoans alike.



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