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.

Upcoming Summer Virtual Education Series

The Landmarks Illinois Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) will soon announce the dates and speaker lineup of its 2021 Summer Virtual Education Series presented by Chase. Each seminar will include a Q&A section and breakout rooms for networking.

The series includes three lunchtime educational seminars on topics including:

  • New City of Chicago Rehabilitation Code
  • Integrating Sustainability in Historic Commercial Buildings
  • Window Replacement

Tickets are $20-$50 for the entire series with a special discount for Landmarks Illinois members. Corporate sponsorships are available now and include reservations to the education series, logo placement on event announcements and communications and recognition at each seminar. Click below to submit a sponsorship form.

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Past RBIC events

Virtual education seminar: STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

Our August 11, 2020, virtual education seminar, hosted by the Landmarks Illinois Real Estate and Building Industries Council, discussed how the pandemic is continuing to impact lending, tax incentives, development, design and construction. The following industry experts shared their expertise and experiences:

  • Paul Carlisle, Executive Vice President, Wintrust Bank
  • Tim Frens, Partner, Plante Moran
  • Brad Moeller, Senior Director of Development, CA Ventures
  • Joe Antunovich, Founder and President, Antunovich Associates
  • Chris Lee, President, Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration

Miss the event? Watch a video recording of the seminar on our You Tube Channel!

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2019 RBIC Event

Landmarks Illinois’ 2019 Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) event took place July 18, 2019, at Oxford Capital Group’s rehabilitated Essex Inn and its new residential tower Essex on the Park in the Historic Michigan Boulevard Landmark District. (Photo credit: Anne Evans Photography)


See photos from the event below:

2019 Event Photos


The Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) hosted its annual networking event in the Uptown Entertainment District on November 29, 2018, 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:

2018 Event Photos


  • Cedar Street Companies – Bush Temple of Music
  • 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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