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Signature Events: Middle Market Open

middle market open

July 17, 2023

Onwentsia Club | Northmoor
Conway Farms Golf Club
Skokie Country Club
Chicagoland area, IL

benefiting the
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Middle Market Open

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Join over 400 of the brightest lights from Chicago’s middle market deal-making community in an incredible show of commitment to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. This one-of-a-kind event is one of the NKFI's premiere summer outings, and it is the only amateur golf tournament designed by, and for, the Chicago middle market.


You’ll spend your day on some of the midwest's finest, most exclusive golf courses, where you will enjoy friendly competition and the company of leaders in business, private equity, finance, law, strategy, wealth management, accounting, real estate, and capital management. Together, we'll toast to the future of NKFI supported programs. 


event details & tournament format

  • Format: Players of the Middle Market Open hit the links as part of a two person team, and play in groups of four. The format of game play is two-man, better ball. Each player on the team plays his or her own golf ball throughout the round, and on each hole the low net score (or "better ball”) of the group serves as the two-man team score. Pair #01 will be scored together and Pair #02 will be scored together.


  • Auctions, Raffles, and Prizes: The top three teams from each course will all win prizes, and the silent auction and raffle are each filled with unique treasures and experiences.


  • Who Can Play: Only players who have a verifiable index and an amateur status may be eligible to win and compete for prizes.


  • A Day at the Club: Locker rooms will be available for all participants, and a grill lunch will be provided at every course.


  • Rain or Shine: The Middle Market Open does not offer a back-up event date in the event of uncooperative weather, and it does not offer refunds.

how to participate

Players secure spots in the Middle Market Open through event sponsorship. The MMO Board is happy to provide a variety of packages, all of which offer unique benefits and branding opportunities.

player information 


Update your index and player information before the tournament. Review instructions here

Location and Schedule

location & schedule

your course to support the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Conway Farms

Golf Club


425 S. Conway Farms Drive

Lake Forest, IL 60045


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Monday, July 17, 2023


8:30am  -  Check in Begins

10:30am  -  Shotgun Start

Northmoor Country Club


820 Edgewood Road

Highland Park, IL 60035


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Monday, July 17, 2023


8:30am  -  Check in Begins

10:30am  -  Shotgun Start

Skokie Country Club


500 Washington Avenue

Glencoe, IL 60022


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Monday, July 17, 2023


8:30am  -  Check in Begins

10:30am  -  Shotgun Start

Onwentsia Club


300 Green Bay Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045


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Monday, July 17, 2023



9:00am  -  Check in Begins

11:00am  -  Shotgun Start

play the raffle

premier prizes and experiences

Purchase a raffle ticket or two and enter for your chance to win access to some of the most pristine and exclusive golf clubs in the country. Winners will be determined in a random drawing held on July 17, 2023 at the Middle Market Open.


Can't make it to the drawing but still want to enter? Don't worry, you don't have to be present to win. (We'll notify you afterwards). And remember: every ticket you buy supports the mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, and pushes us that much closer towards accomplishing our goals. Good luck!


2 round of golf for four, and 2 night stay in 2 rooms at Arcadia Bluffs


Purchase your ticket(s) for five chances to win! Only 600 tickets available. 


Escorted threesomes at Beverly Country Club and Olympia Fields Country Club



Escorted threesomes at Conway Farms and Knollwood Golf Clubs



Escorted threesomes at Skokie and Lake Shore Country Clubs


Escorted threesomes at Northmoor and Exmoor Country Clubs


NKFI will prepare and submit the raffle ticket for you. No physical tickets will be distributed. Proceeds benefit NKFI Patient Education initiatives. Winners will be determined in a random drawing to be held July 17, 2023 at the 19th Annual Middle Market Open. Winners need not be present to win and will be notified. Participation in the MMO is voluntary and is not a requirement to win. Participants must be 18 years or older. Winners will coordinate with sponsor for non-holiday play. Players are subject to the Club’s rules of attire, date & times. Valid until July 17, 2024 unless otherwise notified. With regard to prizes, certain terms, conditions and restrictions may apply. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois assumes no liability of any nature for any property loss or damage, personal injury or death occurring in connection with any prize. No substitutions, exchanges, or cash redemptions can be made. Prizes are non-transferable and any taxes or consumer-related charges are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner. No portion of the cost of this raffle ticket is tax deductible.

Raffle Sponsor


photos from past tournaments

scenes from the fairway

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2022 Gallery

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middle market open board

the power of community spirit

The Middle Market Open Board is one of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' most active group of supporters. Over the years, their dedication to improving the lives of patients and families battling kidney disease has led to more than seven million dollars being raised on behalf of the NKFI mission.

Board Leadership

  • Christopher McClure, Chair, 

          Crowe LLP

  • Dan Wikel, Vice Chair, FTI Consulting

  • Jim Rolfe, Immediate Past Chair CIBC

  • Amit Mehta, Executive Committee

Paul Hastings, LLP 

  • Duncan Bourne, Executive Committee

Wynnchurch Capital, LLC

  • Chris Killackey, Executive Committee

Prairie Capital

  • Bradley S. Schmarak, Executive Committee 

Reed Smith LLP

​Read a profile of Brad in the May 2018 issue of Sheridan Road  

Board Membership

  • Jason Abbott, FTI Consulting

  • Don Agee, Accordion 

  • Joe Arnold, Bank of the West

  • Jeremy Baker, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

  • Bobby Bartell, Kroll Corporate Finance 

  • Graham Bayly, Epic PE Insurance Group

  • Barbara Grant Bereskin, American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Justin Bernbrock, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

  • Nathan Brown, Wind Point Partners 

  • Brian Caldwell, PNC Business Credit

  • John R. CastellanoAlixPartners

  • Jeffrey Clark, Northern Trust 

  • Michael Conway, Jones Day

  • Kader Crawford, Winston & Strawn

  • Timothy Cummins, Stout

  • Tony Danielak, Prairie Capital

  • Jim Dowd, Amherst Pierpont

  • Matthew Frank, Alvarez & Marsal

  • Roy Gallagher, Ankura

  • Kyle Griffith, Patriot Capital

Board Membership (continued)

  • Jim Hess, BMO Harris

  • Jeffry HodgeMarsh Private Equity and M&A Services

  • Fran Jurkovic, Alliant/Mesirow

  • Dan Kehoe, Goldman Sachs

  • Judd KohnWhite Wolf Capital LLC
  • Adam Ortega, Cohen & Company 
  • Adam C. Paul, Mayer Brown

  • Warren Philipp, Hylant Group

  • Paul Possinger, Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

  • Andrew Sandquist, Newmark

  • Brian Soper, Stretto

  • Bill Spizman, RSM US LLP

  • Chris Ward, Polsinelli

  • Matthew Warren, King & Spalding

  • Jeremy Watson, Sidley Austin LLP

  • Andrew Weil, DLA Piper LLP (US)


Lifetime Members

  • Steven Cohen, CIBC 

  • Scott H. Lang, Founder & Chair Emeritus

City Capital Advisors

  • Henry Munez, BMO Harris Bank



MMO sponsors

you make the difference

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois successfully impacts the lives of patients, families, and communities with the help of our dedicated, Middle Market Open sponsors.

presenting sponsor

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platinum sponsors

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gold sponsors

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Mark Schwartz

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in-kind donors

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Silent Auction Sponsor

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