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Leadership Circle

Investing in the Future of Our Region

MPC’s Leadership Circle recognizes donors who advance MPC’s agenda through annual gifts of $1,000 or more for individuals and $5,000 or more for corporations. Members of the Leadership Circle provide the strong philanthropic foundation upon which MPC’s programs thrive. In appreciation of members’ generous support, the Leadership Circle provides access to valuable content on regional research and trend analysis, exclusive networking events, discounted tickets to MPC’s Urban Think & Drink and Roundtable events, briefings from prominent speakers on timely topics, and one-of-a-kind experiences.

MPC’s Leadership Circle events feature provocative presenters on topics of regional and national interest

Back to School at Hamburger University and McDonald's New Headquarters

In July 2018, Leadership Circle members enjoyed an exclusive and in-depth tour of the newly relocated McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago’s vibrant West Loop neighborhood. Sterling Bay, McDonald’s and Gensler architects worked together to custom design the 555,000-square-foot building, including its Hamburger University where the company trains its managers. 

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VIP Tour of 150 North Riverside

In August 2017, Leadership Circle members enjoyed a special tour of the architecturally stunning and technologically groundbreaking 150 North Riverside. Tour guide John O’Donnell, CEO of Riverside Investment & Development, shared insights about this amazing structure. Members also toured the grounds, including unbelievable views from the 53rd floor. 

MPC Leadership Circle—Tour of 150 N. Riverside

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A Look Inside an Iconic Gateway to Chicago

In November 2017, members explored what’s currently the largest redevelopment in the nation: Chicago’s Historic Post Office. The site, now known simply as The Post Office, is being repositioned by 601W Companies as a world-class development for the future of business and commerce. Guests were thrilled to see the restored lobby, where light fixtures hang nearly nine feet down from the 38-foot ceiling.

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Peter Orszag

Vice Chairman and Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Healthcare, Lazard

MPC hosts exclusive events, behind-the-scenes experiences and other unique opportunities for Leadership Circle members. In March 2017, MPC welcomed Lazard’s Peter Orszag, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Obama Administration. Peter and MPC President, MarySue Barrett, had a compelling conversation that dissected the most contentious issues regarding healthcare, tax reform and infrastructure in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.

Join the Leadership Circle now to ensure you don’t miss another one of our specially curated events! 

For more information, contact:

Rachel Roberts
Manager of Corporate Partnerships
312 863 6032



MPC Leadership Circle Overview

MPC Leadership Circle Donors 2017-2018



Executive Advisors

Other past speakers include:

Jeanne Gang
Internationally-recognized architect and MacArthur Fellow

Henry Cisneros
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Charles Evans
President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

T. Boone Pickens
Founder and Chairman, BP Capital Management

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