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Upcoming events

    • 11 Aug 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • 13 Aug 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • The Westin Chicago River North

    August 11-13, 2024

    The Westin Chicago River North
    320 Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL 60654

    SUNDAY, August 11, 2024

    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

    Special Evening Event 

    Join us to enjoy a special evening on a river tour of Chicago’s skyline.

    We will tour downtown Chicago on the Odyssey Vessel thanks to our friends from Chicago Steel.

    The Odyssey Chicago River is docked near the NBC Tower at 455 Cityfront Plaza Drive on the north side of the River Esplanade between Coumbus Drive and Michigan Avenue. If you are arriving by ride share or taxi, we recommend asking your ride to drop you off at the Cityfront Plaza roundabout nearest the river. (see map here) You will find the stairs right on the south side of the street, closest to the river and between NBC Tower and The Gleacher Center. You will be able to see the Odyssey Chicago River ticket booth at the bottom of the stairs.

    Transportation is on your own.

    Thank you for your support!


    MONDAY, August12, 2024

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
    CFA Board of Directors Meeting


    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

    Astor Room

    Lessons Learned the Hard Way:

    Hear from a panel of Structural engineers and Connection design experts. They will discuss problems encountered throughout various experiences during their careers and how they were solved. Topics will range from connection and weld design to steel erection issues and many things in between!

    The Panel:

    Casey Petersen, Sr. Associate
    CSD Structural Engineers

    Jerod Hoffman, Principal & Managing Director
    Meyer Borgman Johnson

    Carol Drucker, Principal
    Drucker Warner Associates


    6:00 PM- 9:00 PM


    The Wellsley
    504 N. Wells Street
    Chicago, IL 60654

    This dinner is catered by BOKA. Since 2003, Boka has solidified its place as one of Chicago's most iconic restaurants. Chef Lee Wolen’s seasonal American food centers on beautiful ingredients and expertly executed preparations, delivering à la carte dishes and a hyper-seasonal tasting menu with graceful, genuine hospitality. With a distinctive combination of unparalleled service, a visionary chef, and exceptional design, Boka exemplifies Boka Restaurant Group’s core mission to create unique, timeless restaurants.

    Since joining Boka as Chef Partner, Wolen has garnered a Michelin star from 2013 to present; “3 Stars” and “Chef of the Year” from the Chicago Tribune; and “Chef of the Year” and “Restaurant of the Year” at the Jean Banchet Awards. In 2023, Chef Wolen launched his inaugural Boka: The Cookbook, celebrating the restaurant and Wolen's tenure as Chef Partner.

    MICHELIN STARRED 2011-2023

    Transportation is on your own.


    TUESDAY, August 13, 2024

    8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Fabricator Round Tables + Breakfast + Large Group Debrief
    Jackson Court

    Contact CFA with any topics you would like to see discussed via 
    The Fabricator Round tables are limited to CFA members only. 

    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    PEER LEARNING GROUP Session (for paid committed members only)
    Astor Room

    • There is an additional Annual fee to participate in the Peer Group. Unless you have paid this fee, please do not sign up for this portion of the meeting. Committed participants will receive a separate agenda and communication regarding the Peer Group session within the next week or so.
    • Committed companies can bring up to 2 participants
    • Lunch will be provided.

    Hotel Rooms:

    CFA has arranged for a room block at the Westin River North. This is a Marriott property and the room rate is $259 per night. This room rate is applicable until July 15 and after that we cannot guarantee a room at this rate at this hotel. Please make your reservations for the entire event by registering with CFA. We will make your room arrangements and send you a room confirmation number prior to the event. Using other systems impacts our ability to meet our room block contracts.

    IMPORTANT: When you register using our online system you should receive a registration confirmation within 30 minutes of online registration. If you DO NOT receive a registration confirmation, it likely did not go through.

    Please contact Julie Metsker at the office to confirm receipt of your registration if you do not receive an email confirmation.


    • 06 Oct 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • 08 Oct 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • The Jacquard - Autograph Collection

    October 6-8, 2024

    The Jacquard - Autograph Collection

    222 Milwaukee Street
    Denver, CO 80206

    More details to follow.

Central Fabricators Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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