From the Front Lines: Preservation Chicago in the News

Jackson Park tops Chicago preservationists’ most endangered sites of 2018

Wednesday February 28, 2018 | Jay Koziarz | Curbed Chicago

Every year the city’s leading nonprofit preservation group, Preservation Chicago, announces the “Chicago 7”—a list of seven significant buildings, parks, or public artworks considered to be the most endangered. This year saw the lineup grow by one as eight sites were deemed worthy of recognition. READ MORE

Preservation Chicago Releases Annual ‘Most Endangered Buildings’ List

Thursday March 1, 2018 | Jason Marck | Morning Shift WBEZ Chicago

Chicagoans take pride in the fact that their city is home to an abundance of iconic and historically important pieces of architecture in the world. The non-profit Preservation Chicago was created to be a voice for those buildings, and keep them from the wrecking ball by finding ways to restore and repurpose. Since 2003, Preservation Chicago has released an annual “Most Endangered” list to raise awareness, money, and ideas for pieces of our city that would otherwise be lost. The 2018 list was announced yesterday at noon, and Executive Director Ward Miller joins us to go through the list and why these places and spaces are worth saving. READ MORE

Preservation Chicago’s 2018 “Chicago 7” Most Endangered list released

Wednesday February 28, 2018 | Eric Allix Rogers | Chicago Patterns

At noon on Wednesday, February 28, Preservation Chicago released its annual Chicago 7 list of most endangered buildings. Each year for the past 15 years, the local historic preservation advocacy organization has used this list to draw the public’s attention to threatened elements of Chicago’s built environment. Whether they face specific and urgent threats, or longer-term and more diffuse ones, failing to preserve these places would erase important parts of Chicago’s history and harm the distinctive and celebrated built environment of the city. READ MORE

Preservation Chicago Monthly Newsletter

  • THREATENED: 2nd Christian Science Church Declines Purchase Offer from Major Chicago Foundation to Fully Restore and Convert to Lincoln Park Community Cultural Arts Center

    The fate of a historic 117-year-old church building in Lincoln Park remains uncertain as its small congregation is considering offers from residential real-estate developers. If demolished, an R-6 zoning designation for part of the property would allow for construction of a high-rise residential building.   Located at 2700 N. Pine Grove, the Second Church of Christ, Scientist was designed by Solon S. Beman, the architect who designed Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood for railroad-car magnate George Pullman.

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  • WIN: Stone Temple Baptist Church Receives Federal Grant

    Stone Temple Baptist Church was the only building in Chicago to receive a highly competitive African American Civil Rights Grant from the Federal Government. This $440,000 grant will continue and accelerate the restoration of the Designated Chicago Landmark building. Under the strong and visionary leadership of Bishop Derrick Fitzpatrick, the building has been carefully maintained and Stone Temple Baptist Church which has continued its mission to serve both the North Lawndale community and wider City of Chicago.

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  • WIN: Like a Phoenix Rising, Roof Truss Installation Begins at The Shrine

    The rebuilding efforts for fire-damaged Shrine of Christ the King/St. Gelasius/St. Clara Church in Woodlawn reached an important milestone in March 2018 when the first new roof trusses were installed.     The highly ornate 1923 church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn Avenue was devastated by a fire in October 2015. The historic church’s interior and roof were completely lost, but the massive limestone walls survived.

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Preservation Chicago’s “Chicago 7 Most Endangered of 2018” Coach Tour

May 19, 2018 | Ward Miller and Jacob Kaplan

Preservation Chicago's "Chicago 7 Most Endangered of 2018" Coach Tour Join Preservation Chicago for a tour conducted by Ward Miller (Executive Director of Preservation Chicago) and Jacob Kaplan (Forgotten Chicago) to hear the history and importance of these buildings, parks and features in Chicago and why Preservation Chicago feels they are endangered and should be protected.READ MORE

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Preservation Chicago Celebration at KAM Isaiah Israel, Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017 | Preservation Chicago

Preservation Chicago will be at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park sponsoring a day of programming on Sunday Oct. 15th from 10:00 am. This is a free event and all are welcome. Everyone is invited to stop by and say hello. Special performances from Kenwood School of Ballet, Kalapriya Dance, and the Praise Dance Team from Chicago Embassy Church. Performances beginning at 10:00 am, and repeat every hour on the hour. Tours of histREAD MORE

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City of Chicago Landmarks Commission Meeting, April 12

May 3, 2018 | NA

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is Thursday, MAY 3 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

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