The Indiana Harbor Yacht Club

Lake Michigan skyline

As President, Jeffrey Bussean directs all aspects of business and operations at Bussean Custom Caterers. Bussean established the thriving Illinois-based company in 1975. Outside of work, he pursues many hobbies and affiliates with a number of professional and civic organizations. Bussean possesses membership in Sertoma, a national service organization; and the Joliet and Alsip Chambers of Commerce. Bussean also belongs to the Friends of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and donates regularly to the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Contributing to an array of charitable initiatives, Bussean supports organizations such as Wounded Warriors, Smile Train, Plan USA, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, the Mayslake Landmark Conservancy, and the McCormick Foundation’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign. Bussean also maintains involvement in both the Midlothian Country Club and the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club.

Initially established by a handful of boating aficionados, the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club (IHYC) continues to serve local yacht owners and those interested in protecting the region’s natural waterways. The IHYC sits on Lake Michigan, approximately 20 miles by water from the city of Chicago and within minutes of the Majestic Star Casino, the Horseshoe Casino, and the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. An attractive and classic setting, the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club boasts a variety of world-class amenities. The first floor of the IHYC hosts a modern kitchen and banquet room capable of seating up to 100 individuals. The Indiana Harbor Yacht Club’s second floor includes a gorgeous dining area and an exclusive entertainment lounge. From here, members can venture out onto the IHYC’s tiki deck for cocktails as well as gorgeous, uninhibited views of Lake Michigan and the East Chicago Marina. Additionally, the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club maintains an array of convenient parking options.

The Indiana Harbor Yacht Club commands high-quality facilities and stellar service while sustaining a quaint charm and old-world atmosphere. Consequently, the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club hosts a variety of social events throughout the year. Open to IHYC members and their guests, the annual Open House and Launch Party rank among the most important gatherings in the season, while the club’s Christmas Party always ensures a good time for guests, their children, and their grandchildren. The Indiana Harbor Yacht Club also maintains membership in the Lake Michigan Yachting Association (LMYA), which entitles Indiana Harbor Yacht Club members to receive similar, exclusive privileges at a host of other Lake Michigan-based yacht clubs. Additionally, IHYC members receive the quarterly newsletter Harbor Lights.

Formally established in 1938, the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club has since developed into an organization that provides more than excellent services to its membership. The IHYC currently engages in an array of community-oriented activities, providing training facilities for organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Power Squadron, and an array of environmental and conservation-oriented groups. The Indiana Harbor Yacht Club is located on Aldis Avenue in East Chicago. For more information regarding the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club, please visit indianaharboryachtclub.com.

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The Midlothian Country Club, by Jeffrey Bussean

I hold a membership at the Midlothian Country Club, an historic golf and country club located in Cook County, Illinois. I have a particular fondness of historic restoration and led efforts to convert the Patrick Haley Mansion into an elegant event venue. The Midlothian Country Club underwent an extensive renovation in the late 1990s and continues to hold the reputation as one of the most well-kept historic golf courses in the country. The club’s origins date back to the 1890s, when a group of Chicago businessmen discovered an area to the southwest of the city that was ideally shaped for golf. A country club was quickly incorporated, kept secret to everyone but members. Eventually, locals began to notice high-profile individuals boarding trains toward Rock Island after work. Through sleuthing, they discovered the club, which instantly became famous.

Originally, the Midlothian Country Club consisted of a 9-hole course, but this was eventually expanded to 18 holes. Members had to score 72 or less in order to gain access to the full course. Starting in 1901, the Midlothian Country Club began hosting a number of professional and amateur tournaments. The Western Open and Western Amateur were both held at the club that year, and a few years later the Midlothian hosted the Women’s Western Amateur and Women’s United States Amateur. Competition events continued until 1973 before taking a two-decade hiatus. As of 1991, the Midlothian Cup, a member-guest tournament, was reintroduced. The club offers a number of membership levels.

At the highest level, members receive full access to all facilities as well as voting rights and invitations to exclusive events. Other memberships are available for young professionals, for the children of members, and for those interested in the non-golf aspects of the club. Finally, individuals who live over 100 miles from the club may purchase a non-resident membership for a reduced price.

About Jeffrey Bussean: Active in historic restoration and the catering industry, Jeffrey Bussean manages the activities of Bussean Enterprises. He enjoys music, art, yachting, and car restorations in his spare time.

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust by Jeffrey Bussean

Source: Historic American Buildings Survey, The Library of Congress. Posted at Wikimedia Commons.

As President of Bussean Enterprises in Worth, Illinois, I oversee maintenance and operation of several historic buildings such as the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet, the Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station, and the Chateau Bu-Sché in Alsip. I have longstanding interest in architecture and historical preservation, and was involved in preventing the demolition of an historic Joliet mansion through transportation to another location. I am currently a Member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Chicago-area legacy of one of the world’s most noted 20th century architects. The Trust was founded as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation in 1974 with the mission of acquiring and preserving the Oak Park office where Wright pioneered his influential Prairie School.

Characterized by strong integration of structure with environment through use of spare architectural elements, such as horizontal lines, overhanging eaves, and windows arranged in horizontal orientation, the Prairie School contributed to Wright’s design legacy. Wright’s Oak Park home and studio serves as a classic example of this aesthetic, and was successfully renovated into an historic house museum by the Home and Studio Foundation in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation over the next 13 years. In 1997, the Home and Studio Foundation began a second major project in overseeing the renovation of Wright’s Robie House on the University of Chicago campus. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust took its current name in 2000, reflecting the organization’s dual restoration and stewardship functions.

As funds have become available, the Trust’s team has actively restored the Robie House during the past 10 years. The Trust oversees a dedicated staff of 500 volunteers who lead more than 100,000 visitors annually on tours of the Oak Park home and studio, as well as the Robie House. In 2010 the Trust opened an office at the historic Rookery Building in downtown Chicago, which features one of Wright’s most striking interiors, a central light court. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust provides valuable services in maintaining and promoting Chicago’s rich architectural legacy and I recommend supporting the group at gowright.org.