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.


Preservation Chicago Monthly Newsletter

  • Preservation Chicago’s 2017 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” Coach Tour

    Please join Preservation Chicago for a Chicago 7 Coach Tour of our 2017 Most Endangered.
    Saturday June 3rd, 10am to 3pm
    Learn why we have chosen these as our most endangered and what these spaces and works of art mean to the city of Chicago. We will visit the Madison Pulaski Commercial District, Chicago's 20th Century Public Sculptures in the Loop, a stop at Jackson Park and the South Shore Cultural Center, the Union Station Power House, Cornell Store and Flats and Altgeld Gardens.

  • Landmark Toolkit Presentation Well Received by Lincoln Park Community Group

    On April 18th, Ward Miller presented a Historic Landmark Toolkit presentation at the invitation of the Mid-North Association regarding the proposed Lincoln Park West Landmark District neighborhood initiative. The presentation explored historic landmark buildings within the proposed district, referenced examples of other historic landmark districts in proximity, and presented empirical data from studies of existing landmark districts.

  • Serbian American Club Withdraws Demolition Permit Application Fearing Aldermanic Support for Landmark Protection

    UPDATE: Shortly before the Chicago Commission on Landmarks' April meeting, the Board of the Serbian American Club withdrew the demolition permit request, for the second time. This action removed the historic 1905, East Lake View Daniel O. Hill House, from the agenda and prevented 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney and community members from advocating for the building's consideration for Preliminary Landmark Designation. It also prevented the Chicago Commission on Landmarks from taking a vote to approve Preliminary Landmark Designation which would provide protection against demolition.


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Upcoming Events

SOLD OUT – “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” Coach Tour, Sat., June 3rd

June 3, 2017 | Instructor: Ward Miller & Jacob Kaplan

Join Preservation Chicago for the 2017 "Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings" Bus Tour on Saturday, June 3rd. 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

June 1, 2017 | Instructor: NA

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is July 6th 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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