Real Estate and Building Industries Council

The Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) events attract and engage leaders of the design, construction, development, real estate, and finance industries in the activities of Landmarks Illinois. Annually, RBIC host an awards ceremony and reception at a recently redeveloped building or place and honors the project team for the success of its transformation. By recognizing individuals, firms, and organizations that demonstrate a special dedication to historic preservation through responsible development and planning, RBIC helps Landmarks Illinois promote the restoration and adaptive reuse and of historic structures and places.

2016 Honoree: Amtrak

Landmarks Illinois will honor Amtrak with its 2016 RBIC Award in recognition of the restoration projects and capital improvements it’s made at Chicago Union Station. The RBIC celebration will unveil the newly restored Burlington Room. Originally constructed as the Women’s Lounge, where ladies could wait for the train and enjoy the services of the adjacent beauty parlor and other facilities, it has been closed to the general public for decades, split into small offices and storage with its historic details hidden from view. Just off Union Station’s Great Hall, the 3,900-square-foot Burlington Room will reopen to the public this fall. (Photo: Restorations underway at the Burlington Room at Union Station. Credit: Landmarks Illinois)

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Event Sponsors:

Legacy Sponsors


Metropolitan Sponsors




Founders Sponsors

Central Building & Preservation L.P.
Clune Construction
Continental Painting & Decorating, Inc.
Evergreene Architectural Arts
Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Klein and Hoffman
Restoration & Preservation Enterprises
Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Ltd.

Event Details

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Date, Time & Location

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chicago Union Station

500 W. Jackson Boulevard
Burlington Room (former Women’s Lounge) & Great Hall

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Event Highlights

  • Cocktail Reception (hors d’oeuvres, open bar)
  • Awards Ceremony honoring Amtrak
  • Tours of Metropolitan Lounge and Legacy Club
  • Exhibit of Great Hall Skylight – Restoration

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Burlington Room Scope of Work

Restoration work at the Burlington Room in Union Station has returned much of the original glamour of the Women’s Lounge. Once deteriorating plasterwork has been restored, recreating the original paint scheme. The travertine walls and marble floors have also been restored, and historic light fixtures have been brought back into the space. The newly updated Burlington Room will incorporate modern lighting, technology and back-of-house support spaces.


Great Hall Restoration Project

In 2015 and 2016, Goettsch Partners (architect), Klein and Hoffman (structural and facade engineers/architects), and Berglund Construction conducted an investigation of the skylight, walls and roof in the Great Hall in Union Station to determine existing conditions. The investigation found the current system would not keep water out, did not meet current codes and would need to be replaced. Read about the extensive work that took place to maintain the historic appearance in the Grand Hall.


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  • The Palmer House
  • Thor Realty
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  • The Chicago Board of Trade
  • Jones Lang LaSalle – Symphony Center
  • Marc Realty – 29 E. Madison
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  • Baird & Warner – Printers Row
  • The Chicago Public Schools
  • Governor James R. Thompson
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  • Mesirow Stein – Fort Sheridan
  • Baldwin Development Company
  • The Rookery
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