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

  • Historic Berwyn Ave Greystone Remains Endangered

    UPDATE: After the revised plans for the redevelopment of 1436 W. Berwyn were released the Andersonville/Edgewater community responded with fierce opposition. 150 residents packed a neighborhood meeting held by 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman. The developer Aidan Dunican of Aidan Development, did not attend the meeting, and was represented by his architect and zoning attorney.

  • Obama Presidential Center Update

    UPDATE: Additional community concerns are emerging after the release of new information regarding the Obama Presidential Center during three hastily convened public meetings. At the third and final meeting at La Rabida, 160 people were turned away due to capacity issues.

  • A Bright Future for Century and Consumers Buildings

    UPDATE: After many years of uncertainly and vacancy, the historically-sensitive adaptive reuse of the Century and Consumers Buildings on South State Street is moving forward. CA Ventures' proposal with Chicago architecture firm Antunovich Associates was selected by the City of Chicago after an RFP was issued in March.   A $141 million renovation is planned for the four building cluster, including two historic towers and two adjacent low-rise buildings.


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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

July 6, 2017 | Instructor: NA

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is AUGUST 3RD 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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