From the Front Lines: Preservation Chicago in the News

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain WGN Long-Format Radio Interview: Chicago’s Incredible Architecture Under Threat….with Preservation Chicago Executive Director Ward Miller

Thursday May 10, 2018 | Paul Lisnek: Behind the Curtain | WGN News Radio Long-Format Podcast

In this interview, Paul goes behind the curtain with a focus on Chicago’s amazing architecture with the executive director of Preservation Chicago, Ward Miller. The recent find of artifacts from the Columbian Exposition of 1893 underneath the surface of the site for the Obama Library and Education Center, the uncertain future of The Tribune Tower, Macy’s on State Street and the State of Illinois Building is explored and the list of the 7 most endangered Chicago buildings along with an explanation of how that annual list is determined. 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 Month-In-Review Newsletter

  • THREATENED: 42, 44 & 46 E. Superior Street Townhouses Added to Demolition Delay List

    The three 1880’s-era rowhouses at 42 E. Superior Street (George A. Tripp House), 44 E. Superior Street and 46 E. Superior Street (Hennessey Houses) were added to the 90-Day Demolition Delay List on September 12, 2018. The George A. Tripp House at 42 E. Superior Street has been the long-time home to Sunny Side Up Brunch and Coffee Shop. Because of their orange-rated status in the CHRS, these buildings trigger a 90-Day Demolition Delay.

  • THREATENED: Redevelopment Proposals Due October 31 for Washington Park National Bank Building

    The Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek developers to explore redevelopment proposals for the Washington Park National Bank. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 31st, 2018, with a final decision deadline of December 13th, 2018. Under the leadership of executive director Rob Rose, the Cook County Land Bank Authority partnered with Metropolitan Planning Council to facilitate a three-part, community-led redevelopment process of the Washington Park National Bank Building to generate community input into how the building should be repurposed.

  • POTENTIAL WIN: Avalon Regal Theater Recieves Boost From Kanye West

    The Avalon Regal Theater is one of Chicago’s most extraordinary theaters with exuberant ornament on par with the Uptown Theatre, the Congress Theater, the Oriental Theater, and the Chicago Theater. The Avalon Regal Theater is the last of the great theaters on Chicago’s South Side. Despite being in remarkably good condition, the building has been tied up in building court and mostly dormant since 2010.


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Upcoming Events

Visit the Shrine of Christ the King with Preservation Chicago and Save The Shrine during Open House Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 13

October 13, 2018 | The Shrine, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.

You’re invited to come celebrate this milestone and see the progress for yourself with Preservation Chicago this Open House Chicago weekend! Plan your visit for Saturday the 13th, and Preservation Chicago board members and staff will be on-site to welcome you, along with Shrine parishioners and members of the non-profit organization Save the Shrine. In recent years, the Shrine has been one of the most popular OHC sites outsiREAD MORE


Hundreds Celebrate at the Thompson Center SOS Starship Landing Event

September 25, 2018 | Thompson Center Plaza

Please sign the SAVE OUR STARSHIP PETITION and help Save the Thompson Center. Architect Helmut Jahn’s kaleidoscopic, controversial State of Illinois Center/James R. Thompson Center in Chicago shocked the world when it opened in 1985. It may not be long for this world.READ MORE


City of Chicago Landmarks Commission Meeting, October 4

October 4, 2018 | Commission on Chicago Landmarks

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is Thursday, October 4 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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