President's Message

Melissa_G_-_Color_cropped.jpgHello and thank you for your interest in the CSI Chicago Chapter.

The Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) was formed in 1953. We are one of the nation’s largest chapters with an active membership of approximately 320 construction industry professionals from a wide array of backgrounds: manufacturer and owner’s representatives, architects, engineers, specifiers, contractors, and students. Our members represent Chicago-area organizations committed to improving contract document communication throughout the project delivery process and maximizing facility performance. If you are not a member of CSI Chicago, there has never been a better time to become one.

For the 2017-2018 calendar year we have planned a multitude of educational, social, and networking opportunities for members and guests alike. Every event is an opportunity to openly network and share knowledge with valuable contacts within the Chicago design and construction community. We partner with venues and generous construction and design organizations and showrooms across the city to host our daytime and evening events. Our monthly meetings cover topics curated to address members' concerns and industry hot topics and are regularly attended by 75 to 90 influential members of the Chicago design and construction community. Other event highlights include our technical tours, CDT scholarship and preparation classes, our many roundtable genres, Young Professional events throughout Chicago, our CSi2eye and Building Enclosure events in the spring, and our summer golf outing. Please explore our events calendar to discover an exciting event near you.

Also, this year we are launching an inaugural sponsorship of a house through Rebuilding Together for National Rebuilding Day. Please consider contributing toward our sponsorship fees for this worthy cause at the many fundraising opportunities we hold throughout the year. We are looking forward to putting together a Rebuilding Team for the event efforts – stay tuned for more information on how to volunteer!

For members, I encourage you to take advantage of the chapter's educational offerings throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming more active in the chapter please feel free to reach out to me or any board member or committee chair for more information, or reach out to our Executive Director Beth Winkler at We have volunteer and sponsorship opportunities of all shapes, sizes, and time commitments that can be customized to you.

I am very proud to be leading our chapter this year. I can say from experience that you will never come across a more welcoming group of construction professionals willing to learn from and share knowledge with each other. Please join us at our next event!


CSI Chicago Chapter President
Associate Vice President, Specifier | EPSTEIN

The president's monthly message can be found in the Change Order newsletter each month.