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: “Fourth-Rate Design” Addition Proposed for Chicago Union Station Rooftop “Would Bring to the Forlorn But Grand Train Station All the Grandeur of a Holiday Inn.” (Chicago 7 2018)

    Preservation Chicago included Chicago Union Station as a 2018 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” based on conceptual rooftop addition renderings released by the development team as part of the Chicago Union Station Master Plan announced Mayor Emanuel and Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman in May 2017. The Chicago Union Station Master Plan anticipates the construction of five new super-tall high-rise towers estimated at over 1.5 million square feet on the blocks directly to the south of Chicago Union Station.

  • WIN: After 35 Years of Advocacy, Uptown Theatre Restoration Announced!

    After 35 years, the Uptown Theatre will finally be restored! Shuttered since December 1981 following water damage from burst frozen pipes, the effort to save this outstanding building from demolition has been long, arduous, with many false starts, and unfulfilled promises, but the preservation community never gave up on the dream of one day seeing the Uptown Theatre restored. Most recently, Friends of the Uptown and Preservation Chicago sponsored an online petition to encourage the restoration of the Uptown Theatre that had generated 10,671 signatures to-date.

  • THREATENED: Historic Chicago Avenue Bridge Targeted for Demolition

    Built in 1914 by the Ketler-Elliot Erection Company of Chicago, the historic Chicago Avenue Bridge is scheduled for demolition and replacement with a new non-movable, concrete bridge. As part of this process as the historic Chicago Avenue Bridge was determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the City and the Chicago Department of Transportation are required by law to offer to give away the bridge to anyone interested in taking it. The underlying law was intended to protect valuable historic assets, but the offer rings hollow with the City of Chicago’s clear lack of genuine interest in seeing this iconic bridge protected, saved or reused.


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Upcoming Events

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


City of Chicago Landmarks Commission Meeting, July 12

July 12, 2018 | Commission on Chicago Landmarks

The next Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is Thursday, JULY 12 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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