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7th Annual NBOA Summer Soirée


This year’s Summer Soirée took place on Thursday evening, August 8 at Piper Hall on the Loyola University Chicago campus. The weather could not have been nicer with clear skies, a light breeze and temperatures that hovered around the high-70’s. The setting was magnificent, on the edge of the historic Loyola campus with views of Lake Michigan to the east.

The perfect weather and beautiful surroundings seemed to put everyone in a good mood, despite a year that presented more than its fair share of challenges to the property owners of Chicago and the region. But this was not a night to dwell on the negatives. Rather, it was an opportunity for a broad cross-section of property owners and service providers to kick back, enjoy an evening out and indulge in a little summer barbeque and an adult beverage (or two). Live music, and whiskey and bourbon tastings just added to the fun. Also adding to the fun was the Second Annual Bags Tournament, sponsored by Crawford Supplies, and won by team Marcus and Millichap! Raffle items were provided by Clark Devon Hardware.

The Summer Soirée has become an important fund-raiser for the Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance (NBOA), an advocacy group dedicated to educating public officials about the needs and concerns of property owners in Chicago and the region. Proceeds from the event will directly fund the advocacy and lobbying efforts of the NBOA in Chicago and in Springfield.

RPBG President Mike Glasser announced the newest member of the NBOA – the Northwest Side Building Coalition (NSBC), headed by Jon Womack. NSBC joins Edgewater Uptown Builders Association (EUBA), Greater Austin Development Association (GADA), Lakeview Developers Association (LDA), Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago (LPBC), South Side Community Investment Association (SSCIA), and of course the Rogers Park Builders Group (RPBG) as NBOA sponsors. NBOA has had a full plate this year, fighting a constant stream of legislative initiatives that have been unfriendly to property owners. As a result, the NBOA recently created the Legislative Council to more effectively track these initiative and to develop lobbying strategies to combat them. Individuals interested in serving on this Council should contact Mike Glasser or their affiliates’ NBOA representative.

This year’s event also seemed to attract more elected officials that in past years. Five Aldermen, past and present, and numerous other city and county officials were there. These included Aldermen David Moore (17th), James Cappleman (46th) and Greg Mitchell (7th), Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi; State Reps. Mark Kalish (16th), Deanne Mazzochi (47th), and Curtis Tarver (25th). Also attending were City of Chicago, Department of Buildings Commissioner Judy Frydland and former Aldermen Joe Moore (49th) and John Arena (45th).

A lot of people worked hard to make the event a success, starting with Michael Slater and our own Mike Glasser. Behind the scenes, many volunteers helped contribute to the successful event – Sheryl Rosenberg, Boomer Berman and Walt Kennedy from RPBG, but also Rogers Park residents Tobias Bechtloff, Vantner Cruz, and Thomas Bud Sanders. This event could not have happened without the efforts of all these people. We also need to thank the organizations that stepped up to the plate with their generous contributions. The event sponsors are:

  • Diamond Sponsors – ADT Smart Communities and Community Investment Corporation (CIC)
  • Platinum Sponsors – Spaces
  • Gold Sponsors – Essex Realty Group, Chase Commercial Term Lending, Alpha Adjusting, Xfinity, and Lakeside Bank
  • Silver Sponsors – Greystone, Kass Management, Marcus & Millichap, RCN, Wintrust, Cagan Management, Republic Bank
  • Bronze Sponsors – Crawford Supply, Halsted Law Group, Rosenthal Brothers, Becovic Management Group, First Advantage, Freedom Title, Greater Illinois Title

Finally, we would be remiss not to give a special thanks to Loyola University Chicago which, once again, generously allowed us to use historic Piper Hall along the Lakefront to host the event. We could not have a better partner in Loyola, and deeply appreciate their commitment to the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities, and to the property owner organizations that work in these areas.

The Summer Soirée has become one of the most anticipated events on the real estate calendar. This year was no exception. We hope to see everyone again in 2020.

View more pictures from the event below!





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