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: From Parkway Boulevard to Interstate Highway; Massive Changes Considered for North Lake Shore Drive

    Since first established over 80 years ago as a parkway boulevard along Chicago’s lakefront, planners have struggled to strike a balance between increasing traffic volumes and preserving the character and feel of this legendary, scenic roadway. While Lake Shore Drive has been updated and improved throughout the decades, the City of Chicago has always voiced an interest in remaining sensitive to the character of the historic boulevard parkway along the route.

  • WIN: West Side YMCA/YWCA Complex at Ashland and Monroe to be Adaptively Reused

    The Chicago Plan Commission approved the adaptive reuse of the former West Side YMCA/YWCA and Salvation Army complex at Monroe and Ashland by Cedar Street Companies on June 21, 2018. The $30 million transit-oriented plan will include ground floor retail, 260 residential units including 46 on-site affordable units. Cedar Street Companies has started the process to designate the building complex as a Chicago Landmark.

  • LIKELY LOSS: “Spotlight on Demolition” Nearly 2,000 Signatures to Oppose Demolition of 1441 W. Carmen Avenue!

    “It’s an old, common cry in a city where demolition and development are often spoken in the same breath, and where trying to save historic homes from the wrecking ball can feel as futile as trying to stop the snow. My Twitter feed teems with beautiful houses doomed to vanish in the time it takes to say ‘bulldozed’. Bungalows, two-flats, three-flats, greystones, workers’ cottages. The photos, posted by people who lament the death of Chicago’s tangible past, flit through my social media feed like a parade of the condemned en route to the guillotine”, mused Mary Schmich in her Chicago Tribune column on July 12, 2018


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Upcoming Events

SOSOSOSOSO…The Chicago Starship Lands…SOSOSOSOSO

September 25, 2018 | Thompson Center Plaza

Starship Chicago Lands In the Loop DON'T MISS THE WONDERFUL CELEBRATION Thompson Center Plaza, Chicago's most spectacular public space!  Tuesday, September 25th, 11:00 to 1:00 FREE and OPEN TO ALL! Music..Dancing...Aliens...Astronauts...Celebrity Architects...Balloons...and a RISING CHICAGO STAR PERFORMING AT HIGH NOON! Photos encouraged.  Get ready to give us your best shot! Instagram #saveourstarshREAD MORE


Logan Square Book Release Celebration!

June 19, 2018 | Logan Square Auditorium

Join Preservation Chicago to celebrate the publication of “Logan Square: Images of America” co-written by Andrew Schneider of Logan Square Preservation, Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, Jacob Kaplan of Forgotten Chicago and Preservation Chicago, and Dan Pogorzelski of Forgotten Chicago and the Northwest Chicago Historical Society, and with introduction by Prof. Edward Kantowicz at the Logan Square Auditorium on TuesdayREAD MORE


Sold Out! Preservation Chicago’s “Chicago 7 Most Endangered of 2018” Coach Tour

May 19, 2018 | Ward Miller and Jacob Kaplan

Join Preservation Chicago for a tour conducted by Ward Miller (Executive Director of Preservation Chicago) and Jacob Kaplan (Forgotten Chicago) to hear the history and importance of these buildings, parks and features in Chicago and why Preservation Chicago feels they are endangered and should be protected.READ MORE


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