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 hosted a networking reception July 18 to celebrate the renovation and conversion of The Belden-Stratford, a 100-year-old landmark in Lincoln Park with sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the former 650-room luxury hotel was built in 1923 by developer Charles H. Lott and designed by architect Meyer Fridstein. The building was converted to apartments in the 1980s and much of the property’s original ornate detailing removed. However, Mansueto Office purchased the beaux-arts building in 2018 and led a meticulous restoration of the property. The Belden-Stratford has been reimagined as a luxury apartment community with modern amenities while bringing back many of the interior historic elements including reopening the main lobby and mezzanine.

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Past RBIC events


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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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

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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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