From the Front Lines: Preservation Chicago in the News

Preservation Chicago Names City’s 7 Most Endangered Structures of 2017

Tuesday March 7, 2017 | Erica Gunderson | Chicago Tonight, WTTW

This year, Preservation Chicago’s annual list of endangered structures sounds the alarm on not just buildings, but also public art. The group is also concerned about the effect a prominent construction project will have on one of Chicago’s most beloved and historically significant parks. A live Q&A with Ward Miller, interspersed with information about this year’s list. And link to video from live broadcast. READ MORE

Preservation Chicago’s Ward Miller On The Balance Between Preservation And Development

Monday January 9, 2017 | Chuck Sudo | Bisnow Chicago

Development and preservation are constantly locked in a dance, with each party trying to lead. But the two can successfully coexist, as projects like 1K Fulton, Londonhouse and the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel have proven.

Miller said that Preservation Chicago encourages investment in historic and landmark buildings, as they can lay the foundation for building better neighborhoods in the future.


A Chicago Landmark Reimagined: A William Le Baron Jenney-designed building lives on as a Kimpton Hotel

Wednesday November 16, 2016 | Katharine Keane | National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Magazine

The Great Recession of 2007 and 2008 complicated the economic growth and progress of cities around the country. But for Chicago’s New York Life Insurance Building, it may have been the Hail Mary needed to save the 1894 structure from destruction, once and for all.


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  • Preservation Chicago’s 2017 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” Announcement Proves A Success

    Preservation Chicago revealed its 2017 "Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings" at noon, on March 1, 2017 in the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Lecture Hall in the Railway Exchange Building. The announcement was well attended by the media, supporters of Preservation Chicago, and other interested members of the public. Preservation Chicago wishes to again thank our colleagues at CAF for hosting us in their wonderful space!

  • Calder’s The Universe Sculpture at Willis Tower Disassembled With Future Unknown

    Chicago is home to one of the world's finest collections of 20th Century public art and sculpture. That collection was started with the 1967 installation of the Picasso at Daley Center. The two Alexander Calder masterpieces of Flamingo in Federal Center and The Universe in the lobby of the Sears Tower were unveiling on the same day, October 25, 1974. Their installation were cause for city-wide celebration.

  • RFP Issued for Century Building and Consumers Building on South State Street

    The City of Chicago issued a Request for Proposals, on behalf of the General Services Administration, to redevelop the four contiguous buildings at 202, 212, 214, and 220 S. State with hopes that a well-qualified private developer steps forward to adaptively reuse the buildings. Responses are due May 1, 2017, and a decision will be announced May 24.


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Upcoming Events

Save the Date! Saturday JUNE 3rd, Chicago 7 Tour

June 3, 2017 | Instructor: Ward Miller

Join Preservation Chicago for the 2017 "Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings" Bus Tour on Saturday, June 3rd. More details coming soon For those interested in taking a closer look at these threatened buildings and being immersed in their history, this tour is not-to-be-missed!READ MORE


City of Chicago Landmarks Commission Meeting

May 4, 2017 | Instructor: NA

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is May 4th at 12:25 at City Hall, Room 201-A. CCL generally meets at City Hall the first Thursday of every month to discuss landmark designations and proposed demolitions or alterations for previously-landmarked structures. These meetings are open to the public. Preservation Chicago encourages ALL Chicagoans to attend!READ MORE



June 29, 2017 | Instructor: Ward Miller

This introductory course will begin with an overview of the various regulations and funding mechanisms used to preserve historic buildings in Chicago. The second part of the session will familiarize participants with the broader umbrella under which preservation falls. This section will cover Chicago's governing structure, how zoning works and Landmark Review Process.READ MORE


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