SOLD OUT | ULI Chicago Members-Only | A Conversation with Commissioner Judy Frydland


2019-04-24T17:30:00 - 2019-04-24T19:30:00

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    2019-04-24T18:30:00 - 2019-04-24T12:00:00
    Networking, Drinks/Light Snacks & Building Tours
    Join us for a members-only event on Wednesday, April 24th for a conversation with Judy Frydland, Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and Steve Fifield, founder and CEO of the Fifield Companies for the City of Chicago. Topics will include Chicago’s new building code, the impact of the new building code on new construction, rehabilitations and adaptive reuse projects, and whether the updates will encourage new projects in Chicago’s emerging neighborhoods. The evening will include a tour of one of Chicago’s latest multifamily developments, 727 West Madison, along with light snacks and refreshments.
    Guest Speaker:
    Judy Frydland, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings  
    Steve Fifield, Founder & CEO, Fifield Companies

    727 W. Madison
    Schedule of Events:
    5:30 p.m. - Registration
    5:45 p.m. - Program
    6:30 p.m. - Networking, Drinks/Light Snacks & Building Tours 
    7:30 p.m. - Adjourn

    Registration Fee:
    ULI Member | $50

    Membership + Event Bundle:
    Join ULI and register at the same time.
    Associate | $490
    Government, Nonprofit, or Academic | $270
    Under 35 | $270
    Student | $160

    Registration Deadline:
     Monday, April 22, 2019
    Please note:  This event is SOLD OUT.  If you would like to add your name to the wait list please contact ULI Chicago - 773-549-4972 or

    727 W. Madison 727 W. Madison Chicago, IL 60601 UNITED STATES

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    Judy Frydland

    Building Commissioner, City of Chicago

    Judy Frydland serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings for the City of Chicago. The Department of Buildings is a 285‐person department with an annual budget of $37 million. The DOB enhances safety and quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Chicago through permitting, inspections, trade licensing, and enforcement of the Chicago Building Code. Since Commissioner Frydland’s appointment in 2015, the Department has implemented several reforms that have streamlined the permit process for all building projects, from single-family home renovations to large-scale developments, making it quicker and more efficient to obtain a permit than ever before. In 2017, the Buildings Department issued a record 48,408 permits. Under her leadership, the Department is modernizing City code to align with national and international standards. In fall 2017, Chicago became one of the first major cities to align with the National Electrical Code. The updated code improves safety requirements, advances sustainability, brings additional energy efficiency to Chicago’s booming building industry and can lower costs on electric bills for residents and businesses. Prior to joining the Department of Buildings, Ms. Frydland spent 25 years in the Chicago Law Department working with various city departments, community groups and other stakeholders on the enforcement of building code, municipal health and business license regulations. In her role as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Building and Licensing Enforcement, Ms. Frydland enforced the city’s vacant building ordinance and implemented strategies aimed to preserve the city’s housing stock, closed down and revoked licenses for problem businesses engaging in criminal activity, actively preserved occupied residential buildings through circuit court litigation and city programs, aggressively prosecuted illegal signs and dangerous and hazardous rooftop water tanks, as well as enforced the Life Safety Evaluation (LSE) requirements for pre-1975 high-rise buildings. Commissioner Frydland is the recipient of the 2018 “Labor Person of the Year” award from IBEW Local 134 and the 2018 “Building Industry Woman of the Year in Construction” award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago. Ms. Frydland graduated from I.I.T. Chicago Kent College of Law, was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990 and is a current member of the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Frydland earned her law degree while working as a social worker and assistant administrator in a nursing home. Ms. Frydland also has a Master’s Degree in Community Health Care Planning and Administration.


    Steve Fifield

    Founder & CEO, Fifield Companies

    As founder and CEO of the Fifield Companies, Steve has been recognized as a prolific and successful office and residential developer and has built 15 million sf of apartments and offices worth over $7 billion in 7 different markets. Particular focus continues in mid and high rise luxury apartments in Chicago, Los Angeles and Texas, where the company has delivered over 3,000 units in the last 5 years. Steve has been named Developer of the Year twice in Chicago, National Executive of the Year (with his wife Randy) by Multi Housing News, was a recipient of the Legend Award at the 2019 Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards and has received numerous project awards for design and innovation in Los Angeles and Chicago. He is a trained mathematician with an MBA from the University of Chicago, an active member in YPO GOLD (Chicago and Los Angeles), a Foundation Board member of both Chicago's Children's and Prentice Hospitals, and the father of 7 children.