From the Front Lines: Preservation Chicago in the News

PRESS RELEASE: Historic Central Manufacturing District in Jeopardy: Rapid intervention essential to stop further damage to Chicago’s Manufacturing legacy

Tuesday February 12, 2019 | Preservation Chicago | Preservation Chicago

CHICAGO, February 12, 2019 – McKinley Park’s historic Pershing Road Development of the Central Manufacturing District is under threat from developers. Lack of enforcement by the City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings also seems to be contributing to the threat. READ MORE

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 Month-In-Review Newsletter

  • THREATENED: Amicus Briefs Filed to Protect Jackson Park

    A Chicago 7 Most Endangered in 2017 and again in 2018, Preservation Chicago has consistently advocated for the protection of Jackson Park, a world-class historic landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux with contributions by Alfred Caldwell. Preservation Chicago does NOT oppose the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) being built in Chicago, but for many important and valid reasons, strongly prefers the 20-acre private facility to be constructed in a location other than historic Jackson Park.

  • THREATENED: Petition Drive to Oppose Holy Family Catholic Church Consolidation

    On January 23, 2019, the Chicago Archdiocese announced the decision to consolidate Holy Family Catholic Church on July 1, 2019. The well-attended Sunday morning mass would be ended, and the parish would be merged with Notre Dame de Chicago Church.

  • THREATENED: 16 W. Maple Threatened by New Construction

    In early January 2019, Curbed Chicago reported on a new 22-story high-end residential tower being proposed to replace a four-story commercial building dating from 1991 at 12. W. Maple Street in the Gold Coast. At that time, it was reported that the adjacent highly ornamented greystone at 16 W. Maple was not part of the development and not directly at risk. 


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Upcoming Events

Preservation Chicago announces its 2019 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” List

February 27, 2019 | Ward Miller

"Preservation Chicago announces its annual "Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings List” for 2019 at noon, on February 27, 2019 in the Chicago Architecture Center’s Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Admission is free to all. No registration necessary.READ MORE


City of Chicago Landmarks Commission Meeting, March 7 

March 7, 2019 | Commission on Chicago Landmarks

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is Thursday, March 7  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


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


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