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NIHBA Updates

2017 NIHBA President, Court Airhart/Airhart Construction

NIHBA and the Cavalcade Tour of Homes Steering Committee are excited to announce our 2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes coming over 2 weekends from Thursday to Sunday, September 7th-17th!  Our Tour includes 22 homes built by 17 of our Builders!  Hours of the Tour will be Thursday/Fridays from 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon-6:00 p.m.  Please visit our Cavalcade website to take a look at our Builders, their homes, and learn about our charitable partners, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Naperville Responds to Our Veterans, who will receive 40% of our ticket proceeds!   You can also purchase tickets for the show at our website,  It's not too late to be a Cavalcade Sponsor or purchase an Ad in our Cavalcade Magazine!  Please contact Shela or Megan at NIHBA.  We have an outstanding marketing plan for our Cavalcade designed to promote our Builders and Sponsors to the fullest!

Our next NIHBA event will be on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Riverside Receptions in Geneva and will feature the best-selling author of the Not So Big House series, Sarah Susanka! Join us for this fantastic evening of industry connection and discussion.

NIHBA strives to be politically heard and encourages our members to forge relationships with your State Reps and learn about important legislative issues that impact our industry.

Have you seen our 60th anniversary NIHBA film?  Check it out on You Tube and share with others!

We want to thank our 2017 Foundation Sponsors for their dedication and support of NIHBA!  We are able to bring our members the high quality programs and events that we do because of their sponsorships.  Thank you to Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Chicago Title & Trust, Crown Community Development; Engineering Resource Associates; Esser Hayes Insurance Group; Hines Supply; Nicor Gas; Parksite/Tyvek; and Remote Audio/Video!

Builders have you signed up for our Member Rebate Program?  This is money in your pocket for products that you use!  No receipt submission just an easy online form to fill out!  This will only take a few minutes of your time! Why aren't you taking advantage of this incredible member offer?  If you haven't received your material call us now and look forward to those quarterly checks! 

Visit our website to see all of the Affinity programs that we participate in!  Esser Hayes Insurance Group offers our members incredible value and discounts with their insurance offerings - see how they can save you hundreds - even thousands of dollars for your business insurance needs. We also have partnerships with Dell, GEICO, Jeep, and more!  

NIHBA is thriving because of the dedication of our committee members!  The heart of any Association lies in the commitment of its members to participate in its growth and development. NIHBA Committees are the foundation of our success and one of the reasons we are the largest HBA in Illinois!   We look forward to expanding and developing our fantastic committees even more in 2017 and would love to see more NIHBA members join us, share their vision, and participate in planning our future.  Join an NIHBA Committee today! 

We invite all members of the Public to visit our site and review our Member Directory.  NIHBA is the largest HBA in Illinois and we represent the highest quality Custom Home Builders, Remodelers, subcontractors, and Associate businesses in the home building industry!  Make sure that your Builder is an NIHBA member!  Call us at NIHBA to confirm that you are working with one of our members!

Please feel free to contact our staff with questions or concerns!  Shela Lahey, Executive Vice President, Megan Johnson, and Holly Walsh, at 630-978-9000.  Fax us at 630-978-9100 or email Shela at:; Megan Johnson at; and for social media contact Holly at Don't forget to Like Us on facebook or follow us on Twitter!

NIHBA Mission

Our mission is to serve you!  You can join, through the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association, a non-profit organization, a group of the highest quality professional builders, remodelers, contractors, and suppliers who are dedicated to the promotion, growth and protection of the home building industry.  

You will find a wide range of exciting opportunities to promote and grow your business, including government advocacy and outstanding networking events where members meet and discuss their role in the home building industry.  Join NIHBA to make valuable connections and foster life-long business relationships.

You are offered a diverse menu of programs including our Arbitration coverage; excellent Education seminars, and top notch monthly meetings and social events which welcome such reputable speakers as Jarrett Payton, former NFL running back, son of legendary Football legend Walter Payton, radio host and motivational speaker; Eric Stromer, television host of Clean Sweep, Top Gear, and Home Improvement with Eric Stromer; John McDonough, President/CEO of the Blackhawks Hockey team; George McCaskey, Chairman of the Chicago Bears, Fortune Magazine's top read columnist, Matt Mayberry, Author of Winning Plays, and Alison Victoria, television host of the popular HGTV show Kitchen Crashers, and many more business leaders who share their expertise and advice with our members.  

Join today and become a part of this dynamic association and start...

Building Your Business By Association!