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. Since 1993, the RBIC has hosted an annual 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.

RBIC SEMINAR: Financing Adaptive Reuse Projects in Chicago and Beyond

Landmarks Illinois’ Real Estate & Building Industries Council will host a half-day seminar and networking reception focused on new and existing financial incentives for adaptive reuse projects. Hear about new and existing incentives for adaptive reuse and restoration from top real estate and historic preservation professionals. This intensive seminar will cover the “how to” with the most commonly used financial tools available in Chicago, the suburbs and statewide. Presenters will also answer questions from attendees. A networking reception also allows you the opportunity to meet other developers and practitioners. This educational seminar is being hosted by the historic preservation nonprofit Landmarks Illinois and its Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC), a committee of professionals dedicated to supporting and enhancing preservation and adaptive reuse in the real estate industry. Sponsorship opportunities available.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Seminar:1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Networking: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


DLA Piper
444 W. Lake St., Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60606


$100 – Regular registration fee
$50 – Nonprofit and government employees only
Space is limited
Snacks and drinks provided


List of Incentives Covered in the Seminar:

  • Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit, including 2017 changes to the program
  • Twinning with Federal New Markets Tax Credit and Low Income Housing Tax Credit
  •  (NEW) Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit
  • Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds for adaptive reuse projects
  • Cook County Class L Property Tax Incentive, including recent changes to the program
  • Chicago Adopt-a-Landmark Program
  • Chicago Neighborhood Opportunity Funds

Speakers will include:

  • Mariah DiGrino, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Carol Dyson, Chief Architect, Tax Incentives Manager & Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Illinois State Historic Preservation Office
  • Tim Frens, CPA, Partner, Plante Moran
  • Katie Arnholt Kim, CCIM, CEO, The Kim Group
  • Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO, Landmarks Illinois
  • Bridget O’Keefe, Partner, Daspin & Aument



(Photo: Aurora St. Charles Senior Living in Aurora, Illinois. The 1932 building, located at 400 E. New York St. and included in the National Register of Historic Places, was rehabilitated through the public and private partnership of Evergreen Real Estate Group and the City of Aurora. The rehabilitation of the Art Deco building was the first affordable housing project in Illinois to use the Illinois River Edge Redevelopment Zone Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Credit: Landmarks Illinois.)

Past RBIC events


The Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) hosted its annual networking event in the Uptown Entertainment District on November 29 with a cocktail reception in the historic Bridgeview Bank lobby and the rare opportunity to tour the Uptown Theatre. New owners Jam Productions and Farpoint Development are prepping the 1925 theater, closed to the public for the last 35 years, for a $75 million restoration. LI has included the Uptown Theatre four times on its Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois list. RBIC event guests enjoyed group tours of the Uptown Theatre lobby and auditorium at the best networking event of the year. (Photo credit: Eric Holubow)

See photos from the event below:

Event Photos

RBIC Sponsors


Mezzanine Sponsors

Gallery Sponsors

Box Office Sponsors



  • Amtrak
  • Chicago Athletic Association – AJ Capital Partners
  • Gibbons & Steger Buildings “Infinite” Apartments
  • The Wrigley Building
  • Randolph Tower
  • Joseph Freed – Sullivan Center
  • Thor Realty – The Palmer House
  • Draper & Kramer
  • The Chicago Board of Trade
  • Jones Lang LaSalle – Symphony Center
  • Marc Realty – 29 E. Madison
  • Related Midwest – Hotel St. Benedict Flats
  • University of Chicago
  • Baird & Warner – Printers Row
  • The Chicago Public Schools
  • Governor James R. Thompson
  • McClier – The Reliance Building
  • Mesirow Stein – Fort Sheridan
  • Baldwin Development Company – The Rookery
  • Friedman Properties – Court House Place
  • W.E. O’Neil – Medinah Temple, The Chicago Theater, Bernadine

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