In 1958, a group of women, all related to architects, formed the Women's Architectural League to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago architecture. Over the years membership has broadened to include women in the design professions and others interested in architecture.
WALF members organize tours designed to deepen appreciation for both historic and contemporary Chicago architecture. Tours frequently feature buildings under construction or recently completed, led by architects involved in the project.
In addition to exploring Chicago's rich architectural past and present, WALF supports the city's architectural future by providing financial assistance to architectural students. Each year scholarships are awarded to students at IIT and the University of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign. Funding for these scholarships is provided by contributions from WALF members, architects and builders and profits from WALF tours.