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.

Summer Virtual Education Series

The Landmarks Illinois Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) invites you to participate in its 2021 Summer Education Series presented by Chase. The series includes two virtual lunchtime educational seminars, networking time and an in-person tour of the Old Post Office. Scroll down for details on the seminars and tour.


Click the button below to learn pricing for individual seminars and packages including seminars and the Old Post Office Tour. Landmarks Illinois members receive a discounted ticket price. Members should enter “1971” on the payment page of registration to receive the discount.



Held July 15, 2021.

Featuring project examples like the green roof on the Old Post Office in Chicago, guests will learn about sustainable options for improving historic building energy performance and reducing carbon emissions. Additional topics include: Opportunities and challenges with integrating sustainability into an existing building adaptive reuse project, evaluating the cost versus benefit of these options, how to find reputable designers, contractors and manufacturers knowledgeable about installing these systems in older buildings, and existing incentives and bonuses associated with sustainable options.


  • Alicia Ponce, Founder and Principal, AP Monarch; Commissioner, Commission on Chicago Landmarks
  • Rob Gray, Partner, Hoerr Schaudt
  • Stan Szwalek, Associate Principal, Hoerr Schaudt
  • Tracy Boychuk, Founder/Creative Director, The Roof Crop
  • Terri Salas, Senior Manager, Plante Moran
watch the seminar


Learn about the process and criteria officials with the City of Chicago and the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office use to determine between window repair and replacement for designated buildings. Guests will also learn how to anticipate window repair versus replacement in projects, how to find window repair contractors and historically appropriate window replacement fabricators. Additional topics include: Estimating window costs into your project budget and how repair versus replacement affects project timelines. Speakers will also touch on of the growing debate in the historic preservation field about window repair versus replacement, economic equity and sustainability.


Wednesday, July 21
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


  • Lawrence Shure, Planner IV, City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development, Historic Preservation Division
  • Anna Margaret Barris, Project Reviewer, IL State Historic Preservation Office
  • James Turner, Owner, Turner Restoration


Get an inside look at the transformed Old Post Office at 433 W. Van Buren St. in Chicago. Built in 1921, the formerly vacant building once named to Landmarks Illinois’ Most Endangered Places list, has been radically rehabilitated to house office and event space. The Old Post Office Building, which spans three city blocks, is the largest adaptive reuse project in the nation.


Tuesday, August 10, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.


  • Anna Margaret Barris, Project Reviewer, IL State Historic Preservation Office
  • Emily Ramsey, Consulting Senior Affiliate, MacRostie Historic Advisors
  • Sheryl Schulze, Principal, Gensler

First come, first serve for tour tickets.

You may not purchase the tour separately. Tour reservations are only available when purchasing reservations to the entire Summer Education Series, which includes both seminars listed above.


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!

Watch the Seminar

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

Landmarks Illinois Annual Corporate Sponsors











Support our advocacy

Be a voice for the future of our communities by supporting Landmarks Illinois. Our work enhances communities, empowers citizens, promotes local economic development and offers environmentally sound solutions.

Become A Member