Neighborhood Preservation Toolkits

Neighborhood Preservation Toolkits Coming Soon.

The following downloadable resources are under development. 

  • Neighborhood Preservation Materials
  • Neighborhood Preservation Reports
  • Neighborhood Preservation Presentation

Local historic landmark districts are a best practice to provide blanket protection for large numbers of historic structures that may not be significant enough to merit an individual landmark designation. This program is intended to proactively reach out to neighborhoods stakeholders to help them recognize the value of their historic assets, to educate them regarding a historic landmark district designations ability to spur economic growth, environmental sustainability cultural stability, and urban reinvestment, and to inspire them to take action to help protect their community’s local historic fabric. By educating and empowering resident stakeholders, they become knowledgeable and articulate advocates for local historic landmark districts specifically and the benefits of historic preservation generally.

Chicago’s historic buildings have defined our urban fabric for generations and are irreplaceable once lost. With every demolition, the opportunity for a struggling neighborhood to regain the vibrancy of its past and for a thriving neighborhood to maintain its unique character slips slowly but decisively away.  Through local historic districts, a community’s core can be protected and the defining fabric of Chicago’s essence can remain intact.

Of the approximately 820,154 buildings in Chicago, only 1.2% are protected within local historic landmark districts. The City of Chicago covers 237 square miles and includes over 200 distinct neighborhoods.  Chicago has approximately 348 places listed on the USNRP and includes 54 Chicago historic landmark districts with 3 new districts pending and 3 more proposed.  This represents considerable effort and success by the Chicago preservation community, but in the vastness that is Chicago, the majority of Chicago’s historic built environment is unrecognized, unprotected and vulnerable.