Episode 104: From Unpaid Intern to Running the City of Chicago’s Building Department


Today, Tom and Mark have an excellent conversation with Judy Frydland, who served as the commissioner of buildings for the City of Chicago from 2015-2020. A lot happened under her leadership including the streamlining of the permit process to make it simpler and more efficient than ever to get work done. Listen in on her story for some excellent advice on life and business and where Chicago is going from here. If you like today’s episode, be sure to leave us a review and share it with a friend

Career progression and permit process changing 7:30

What was the hardest obstacle when transforming the department? 26:00

Nuances regarding Chicago building code? 28:15

What are you spending time on now? 32:30

What would you like to see more of? 34:30

Thoughts on ADU ordinance? 37:00

What was your competitive advantage? 42:30

Advice for new investors? 45:00

What do you do for fun? 46:20

Self development activity? 47:40

Network recommendation? 48:15

How can we learn more about you? 49:15

That’s our show! See you next week!

Guest Name: Judy Frydland 

Guest Company

Guest Linkhttps://www.judyfrydland.com/bio

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Alternative Code Approval Request (ACAR) Process

Michael Glasser. - President - Magellen Properties


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