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.


Landmarks Illinois’ Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC), CIM Group and Golub & Company celebrated the renovation and reuse of the landmark Tribune Tower at a special event on September 28, 2022.

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Sitting at the gateway of Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, Tribune Tower is one of Chicago’s most treasured historic landmarks. The Gothic Revival-style tower was designed by Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells in 1925 for the Chicago Tribune. The Radio Building was constructed in 1935 and the Television Building was added in 1950. When the Chicago Tribune vacated the property in 2018, co-developers CIM Group and Golub & Company launched the renovation and adaptive reuse of the 34-story tower into 164 luxury condominium units, 55,000 square-feet of amenities and street-level flagship retail.

Historic elements of the tower, including its limestone façade, eight-story-high stone flying buttresses, the renowned Hall of Inscriptions within the tower’s lobby, and McCormick’s grand fireplace, were preserved and restored. Units feature high ceilings, wide-plank hardwood flooring, custom millwork and grand outdoor terraces. The property’s lavish amenities include a fitness center, indoor golf simulator, pool, sun deck, community garden, and an outdoor terrace at the tower’s crown framed by the Gothic buttresses allowing for a 360-degree view of the city.





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Individuals who are unable to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination because of a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Alma Rebronja, Events Manager, at In such instances, Landmarks Illinois will have a discussion with you to see if a reasonable accommodation is possible that would not create an undue hardship on the organization or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other event attendees.

By participating in a Landmarks Illinois’ in-person event, attendees agree to comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and acknowledge that Landmarks Illinois cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected with COVID-19 as a result of attending the event.


Looking for your next project? Check our website for listings of imperiled historic buildings for sale. Some have been included on Landmarks Illinois’ Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. These real estate listings have been submitted to Landmarks Illinois. Landmarks Illinois disclaims any responsibility for statements made by the sellers. The Eugene S. Pike House in Chicago, for example, is among them and Request for Expressions of Interests (RFEI) are due September 16, 2022.

Past RBIC events

An inside look at Old Cook County Hospital

Landmarks Illinois’ Real Estate and Building Industries Council celebrated the transformation of the long-vacant, former Cook County Hospital at a cocktail and networking reception the evening of November 30, 2021. The successful reuse of the National Register-listed building is one of the nation’s most significant preservation projects showcasing the perseverance, skill and creativity of all involved. Following a 22-year advocacy effort by Landmarks Illinois, and the visionary work of the Civic Health Development Group, this Chicago icon has been reborn. (Photo credit: Pivot Photography)

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2021 Summer Virtual Education Series

The 2021 Summer Education Series presented by Chase, held July & August 2021, included two virtual lunchtime educational seminars, networking time and an in-person tour of the Old Post Office.

Integrating Sustainability Into Historic Commercial Buildings Seminar


  • 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

Window Replacement in Historic Commercial Buildings Seminar


  • Lawrence Shure, Planner IV, City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development, Historic Preservation Division
  • Anna Margaret Barris, Project Reviewer, Illinois State Historic Preservation Office
  • James Turner, Owner, Turner Restoration
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2020 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)


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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)

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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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