ROGERS PARK — Billionaire developer and preservationist Col. Jennifer Pritzker was celebrated by the neighborhood business community Thursday for her numerous investments here.
Pritzker said she was "honored" to accept the Rogers Park Business Alliance's "Friend of Rogers Park" award. The award was presented at the business alliance's 2014 annual meeting at Loyola University.
Pritzker's investments include the Mayne Stage and Act One Pub, the Farcroft Apartments, Lang House Bed and Breakfast, Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Back House, and a controversial 250-car parking garage that's under construction on Sheridan Road.
"I’m very honored to receive this for many reasons," she said of the award. "One, I think it recognizes the hard work and achievements of my associates and colleagues in various ventures I have in Rogers park."
Pritzker was quick to pitch her businesses: "Come visit us," she said. "They're there to serve products and services."
Then the Evanston resident continued her acceptance speech.
"It’s also particularly gratifying to me to receive this award on the very campus I got my bachelor's degree," she said, standing in the fourth-floor atrium in Loyola's Mundelein Center. "I don’t live here, but I work here. It’s a pleasure to be among you tonight. I hope you have a long life and prosperity here in Rogers Park."
The business alliance also awarded this year's "Capital Improvement" award to Howard Street's Metamorphosis Universty; the "Community Partner" award to Alden Village North, a mental health facility; and the "Business Leadership" award to Tom Rosenfeld, owner of Heartland Cafe and Earth First Farms.
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