2018 Local TOBY Applications Now Open: Due on September 21

By: | July 11, 2017

2018 Local TOBY Awards: Start Your Application Today!
Applications due on September 21

Since 2010, nine BOMA/Chicago buildings have won the International Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award. Will your building take home this prestigious award in 2018?

To win the International TOBY award, you must first apply and win on the local and regional levels. If your team believes that you have what it takes to rank among the best of the best in Chicago, the Midwest and internationally, don't hesitate. Apply for a TOBY. This is your chance to showcase your expertise and excellence in property management including operations, energy efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact.

Call for applications! The 2018 local TOBY Award application season is now open. Please review the 2018 TOBY Entry Requirements, which outline the 17 different categories your building may enter. There are two new categories, Mixed Use and Public Use, which may apply to your building. Applications will be submitted on an online portal and will be due by 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, September 21, 2017. 

Please email Jaclynne Madden by July 28 to confirm the:
(1) Building you plan to enter for the TOBY Award and
(2) Category the building will enter.

Inspections will be held between October 16 and November 10. You will be assigned your inspection date on October 3, giving you at least two weekends to prepare for your inspection. 

Please read through the following documents if you are interested in applying or will apply for a 2018 local TOBY award:

If you have any TOBY questions, please contact Jaclynne Madden at by calling 312-870-9608 or via email at jmadden@bomachicago.org.


Congratulations to the 2017 International TOBY Awards Winners!
Two BOMA/Chicago Buildings Win the 2017 International Competition

The commercial real estate industry honored 15 commercial properties with The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award at the June 27 TOBY Awards Banquet as part of the 2017 BOMA International Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry's highest recognition honoring excellence in commercial building management and operations in specific categories of building size and type. To win an International TOBY Award, a property first must win both local and regional competitions. Judging criteria include community impact, tenant/employee relations programs, energy management systems, accessibility, emergency evacuation procedures, building personnel training programs and overall quality indicators. A team of local industry professionals conduct comprehensive building inspections and grade written applications at the local level. Local winners then proceed to the regional and international competition where seasoned judges thoroughly review and score written applications.

The 2017 BOMA/Chicago North Central Region TOBY winners are listed below. For a complete list of winners from 2010 to the present day, please click here. For a list of TOBY International Winners from 1985 to the present day, please click here.

We are honored to announce that the following two BOMA/Chicago buildings won the 2017 International TOBY Award:

Historical Building
The Wrigley Building
Managed by Zeller Realty Group and Owned by BDT Capital Partners, LLC and Zeller Realty Group

71 South Wacker
Managed by JLL and Owned by The Irvine Company


Four other BOMA/Chicago building members were eligible to receive International TOBY Award after winning Regional TOBY Awards in April 2017, including:

NBC Tower: 500,000 – 1 Million Square Feet Category
Managed by JLL
Owned by Metropolis Investment Holdings Inc.

10 & 120 South Riverside: Over 1 Million Square Feet Category
Managed by JLL
Owned by Ivanhoé Cambridge & Callahan Capital Properties

400 South Jefferson: Corporate Facility Category
Managed by The RMR Group LLC
Owned by SIR Chicago LLC

111 North Canal - The Gogo Building: Renovated Building Category
Managed by Sterling Bay

2017 TOBY Inspection Verification Form.pdf280.62 KB
2017 Inspection Sheet -- All Categories.pdf291.86 KB
2017 Inspection Sheet -- Earth.pdf217.27 KB
2017 Inspection Sheet -- Retail.pdf335.08 KB
2017 Inspection Sheet -- Industrial.pdf454.47 KB
2017 All Categories Judging Sheet.pdf234.99 KB
2017 Earth Judging Sheet.pdf239.75 KB