Designight 2022 FAQ

What is Designight?  

Presented by AIA Chicago, Designight is the premier architectural celebration of the year. This year, the event is open to all. Join us and celebrate with us at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as we celebrate the global design achievements of AIA Chicago members and their projects of all sizes through the Design Excellence Awards, administered during the evening. 

When is Designight? 

Monday, September 12, 2022, at 6:00pm. 

Where is Designight? 

Designight will be held at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

How do I stay in the loop with all things Designight?

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Who can come? 

All are invited. Bring your firms, clients, project partners, family, and friends.  

How much are tickets? Where do I get them? 

Designight is a free event and there are no tickets, but we strongly encourage you to RSVP to ensure you receive important event communications.  

How do I RSVP? 

CLICK HERE to Register. Registration will allow you to stay up-to-date with all things DESIGNIGHT, including receiving text notifications before and during the event. 

When should I arrive? 

Gates open at 4:30pm CT; show begins at 6:00pm CT. We encourage early arrival to get through security and find where you want to sit.  

Transportation and parking 

Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph Street to the north, Columbus Drive to the east, and Monroe Street to the south. Both Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains, and Metra’s commuter rail lines stop conveniently near Millennium Park. 

Nearby parking garages are located at Grant Park North Garage (25 North Michigan Avenue), Grant Park South Garage (325 South Michigan Avenue), and Millennium Park Garage & Millennium Lakeside Garage (5 South Columbus Drive). Pay in person at each garage location or pre-pay online for discounted parking. Visit or call (312) 616-0600 for 24/7 customer service. 

Where should I enter the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Great Lawn? 

Points of entry are located on Randolph Street (between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive) and on Monroe Street (between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive). 

Will there be security checks? 

Yes. Guests will pass through security check points for bag checks and wanding at each entrance.  

Are there Assisted Listening Devices available?

Yes, assisted listening devices will be available at the Patron Services Center tent near entrance 'B'

Where can I sit? 

You can sit in the seating bowl or bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy mingling with others on the Great Lawn. There is reserved seating for sponsors and award winners who will be notified separately.  

What can I bring?      

Bring your picnic blanket, low-height lawn chairs (standard seating hight chairs are not allowed), coolers (smaller than 26”x15”x15”), food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

What can’t I bring? 

Please do not bring full-size tables, banners, lawn stakes, or balloons. A full list of items prohibited at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion can be found HERE.  

Can I bring my own food? 

You are welcome to bring your own food if you wish. Note, coolers must be smaller than 26L x 15W x 15H.

Will there be food for purchase? 

Yes. Millennium Park is offering charcuterie boxes and vegetarian boxes for pre-order. Place your order HERE by September 2, at 5:00pm CT. The Millennium Park concessionaire will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  

What happens if it rains? 

Rain or shine, we’ll be there. 

What should we wear?  

There is no dress code. Just be yourself whether that means sequins, sweats, denim, or all black.  

How can we designate our firm? 

We encourage all firms to represent themselves in any way that they wish (outfits, buttons, hats, signs, etc.). Please note that Millennium Park does not allow anything that blocks the view during the program or that stakes into the ground. 

Will there be entertainment? 

Designight will be hosted by architectural enthusiast Peter Sagal, of NPR’s Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Live music provided by Sam Thousand & the Soul Vortex. 

What happens after the awards program? 

We anticipate the awards program concluding around 9:00pm CT and encourage you to stay and socialize until the evening concludes at 10:00pm CT. 

What if I have questions onsite? 

Please find one of our many volunteers with an “Ask Me” sign.  

What if I have more questions? 

Whether you are an award winner, attendee, or sponsor, please email with your questions, and AIA Chicago staff will get back to you.