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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  • Old Cedar Hotel Reborn as Viceroy Chicago

    After many years of preservation advocacy, the old Cedar Hotel will reopen this fall as an 18-story boutique hotel called the Viceroy Chicago. An anchor building at the intersection of Cedar and State streets in the heart of the Gold Coast's Rush Street District, the original 1920's neo-classical, four-story brick-and-terra-cotta façade of the original Cedar Hotel was carefully removed, catalogued, stored, restored, and ultimately rebuilt into the new building's base.

  • Lincoln Montana Building Ornament Enters New Chapter

    After a multi-year preservation effort, the Lincoln-Montana Building at 2454 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago is coming down. This historic 1923 corner building is 'orange-rated' on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey.

  • Why Save the South Shore Sanctuary? A Photo Essay by Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns

    "Every inch of Chicago's lakefront has been shaped by human hands. Transforming a swampy scrub into terrain suitable for a major metropolis is no small project, and the contours of the shore have been aggressively adjusted to make space.


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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

September 7, 2017 | Instructor: NA

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is SEPTEMBER 7th 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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