Tour, Events and Lectures

  • SOSOSOSOSO…The Chicago Starship Lands…SOSOSOSOSO

    Address:- 100 W Randolph Street, Chicago

    Date:- September 25, 2018

    Time:- 11 to 1

    Location:- Thompson Center Plaza at Monument with Standing Beast

    Instructor:- Thompson Center Plaza

    Starship Chicago Lands In the Loop


    Thompson Center Plaza, Chicago's most spectacular public space! 

    Tuesday, September 25th, 11:00 to 1:00


    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!

    Link for more information #saveourstarship

  • Logan Square Book Release Celebration!

    Address:- Logan Square Auditorium

    Date:- June 19, 2018

    Time:- 6:30 - 9:00 pm

    Location:- Logan Square Auditorium

    Instructor:- 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.

    • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    • 6:30 to 9:00 pm 
    • The Logan Square Auditorium
    • FREE event and open to all. RSVP requested.
    • Cash Bar
    • Live music from "The Broad Shoulders Brass Band" and "Los Cool Shades"

    Link to FREE Registration and more information...

    Preservation Chicago helped to sponsor the book and support with historic photographs provided from The Art Institute of Chicago-Ryerson & Burnham Libraries and the Chicago History Museum.

    “The community now called Logan Square began as a patchwork of farms, hay fields, subdivisions, and small towns in rural Jefferson Township. Subsumed into the rapidly expanding city of Chicago at the end of the 19th century, the elegant residences lining the boulevards would gain prominence as an ethnic gold coast.

    Over time, a shifting kaleidoscope of peoples would call Logan Square home, including Yankee farmers, Scandinavian proprietors, German tradesmen, African American freedmen, Polish shopkeepers, Jewish merchants, Filipino laborers, and Cuban refugees — diversity further enriched with the many nations of the former Soviet Bloc, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean, that would later settle here. Like many other Chicago neighborhoods, change is the one constant, as the arts have brought a renaissance to this working-class corner of the city.

    The photographs that appear in this book were compiled by the authors from a variety of private and institutional collections.”

    Broad Shoulders Brass Band

    The Broad Shoulders Brass Band is tight, fun horn band specializing in party music and general over-the-top fun. The Broad Shoulders Brass Band plays everything from traditional Dixieland to James Brown funky grooves, and anything in between.  They have appeared with Dr. John, the Wild Magnolias, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Re-birth Brass Band, Nathan and the Zydaco Cha-Cha's, and Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies to name a few!

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

    Address:- Preservation Chicago

    4410 N. Ravenswood Avenue

    Chicago, IL 60640

    Date:- May 19, 2018

    Time:- 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Location:- Departs from Preservation Chicago's office at 4410 N. Ravenswood Avenue

    Instructor:- 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 learn about and see first hand the places the have been chosen as:

    Preservation Chicago's "Chicago 7 Most Endangered of 2018"
    An air conditioned coach bus will take you to:

    • Jackson Park, Midway Plaisance & South Shore Cultural Center
    • James R. Thompson Center/State of Illinois Building
    • Harper High School
    • Washington Park Substation
    • Chicago's Union Station (A walking tour of Union Station and lunch served in the Founders Room)
    • Hotel Guyon
    • Brick Paved Streets and Alleys in Chicago

    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.

    Tour departs promptly at 10am from 4410 N Ravenswood

    Tickets cost $45 and include lunch. A lunch of salads and sandwiches will be served in the Founders Room at Union Station, and beverages are included throughout the tour.

    Coach bus returns to 4410 N. Ravenswood by 3pm

  • City of Chicago Landmarks Commission Meeting, September 6

    Address:- 121 N. La Salle St., Room 201-A.

    Date:- September 6, 2018

    Time:- 12:45 pm

    Location:- City Hall

    Instructor:- Commission on Chicago Landmarks

    Next City of Chicago Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting is September 6 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. The regular meeting is immediately followed by the permit review meeting.

    These meetings are open to the public. Preservation Chicago encourages all Chicagoans who are able to attend and voice their support for the landmarks under consideration at each meeting!

    The meeting schedule as well as agendas for upcoming meetings and minutes for past meetings can be found here.

    Future 2018 meetings are scheduled for October 4, November 1, and December 6.


  • Preservation Chicago Celebration at KAM Isaiah Israel, Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Address:- KAM Isaiah Israel
    1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard
    Chicago, Illinois 60615

    Date:- October 15, 2017

    Time:- Open House from 10:00 to 5:00

    Location:- KAM Isaiah Israel

    Instructor:- Preservation Chicago

    Preservation Chicago will be at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park sponsoring a day of special programming on Sunday Oct. 15th starting at 10:00 am.

    This is a free event and all are welcome. Everyone is invited everyone to stop by and say hello. 

    Special performances from Kenwood School of Ballet, Kalapriya Dance, and the Praise Dance Team from Chicago Embassy Church.

    Performances beginning at 10:00 am, and repeat every hour on the hour.

    Tours of historic building are available between performances.


  • Preservation Chicago announces its 2018 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings List

    Address:- Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall
    Railway Exchange Building
    224 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois

    Date:- February 28, 2018

    Time:- 12:00 Noon

    Location:- Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Lecture Hall, Railway Exchange Building, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

    Instructor:- Ward Miller

    "Preservation Chicago announces its 2018 "Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings”  at high noon on February 28, 2018.

    Presentation will be held at the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Lecture Hall, located off the lobby of the Railway Exchange Building, 224 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

    Admission is FREE and ALL are welcome!

  • John Vinci: Life & Landmarks

    Address:- S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street

    Date:- October 19, 2017

    Time:- 5:30

    Location:- S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street

    Instructor:- Robert Sharoff, John Vinci, William Zbaren

    John Vinci: Life & Landmarks

    IIT Architecture  and the Mies van der Rohe Society honor John Vinci (ARCH ’60) and celebrate the new book by Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren: JOHN VINCI: LIFE AND LANDMARKS

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:30 in the afternoon
    S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago


    Upon graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture in 1960, Vinci went on to win acclaim for his pioneering activism for the cause of historic preservation as well as for restoring such early Chicago landmarks as Sullivan’s Stock Exchange Trading Room and the Carson Pirie Scott Building, Wright’s Home Studio and the Robie House and Burnham & Root’s Monadnock Building. Vinci has also designed numerous important residential and institutional commissions such as the Arts Club of Chicago and the award-winning Davis House that fuse the rigor of his early education at IIT with the stylistic brio of the globally important First Chicago School of Architecture.


    5:30 p.m.: Reception

    6 p.m.: Remarks by Robert Sharoff, John Vinci, William Zbaren (and other participants)

    7 p.m.: Reception with Music by VanderCook College of Music.

    Thanks to AIA Chicago, Alphawood Foundation, Architecture & Design Society, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Docomomo Chicago, The Driehaus Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Graham Foundation, Landmarks Illinois, Preservation Chicago, Society of Architectural Historians.

    Free Parking is offered for this event. A permit must be displayed.

    Books will be available at the event, or  click here to learn more.

  • PARK WEST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Celebrating 60 Years! “Old Roots, New Branches”

    Address:- 2700 N. Pine Grove
    Chicago IL

    Date:- September 26, 2017

    Time:- 6 - 8 pm

    Location:- Second Church of Christ Scientist

    Instructor:- Ward Miller, Susan Benjamin & Eric Rogers

    Please join us on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 as we celebrate 60 years of community involvement in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

    To help commemorate this special occasion, we are hosting a tandem presentation by Susan Benjamin and Ward Miller, during our Annual Meeting, showcasing the wonderful and rich architecture within our Communities limits.

    Susan, an Architectural Historian, will present the history & architecture of Lakeview Avenue and Roslyn Historic Homes. 

    Ward, of Preservation Chicago, will present the Deming Historic District, & Second Christ Church Scientist.  

    Together they will discuss the Adler Lakeview homes, review the landmark process and the how our neighborhood benefits from our rich architectural history. 

    In addition, we have a special guests from Open House Chicago- Eric Rogers, who will be presenting a teaser to their October 14-15th event! 

    Schedule of Events

    6                     Doors Open
    6-6:30p          Lite refreshements
    6:30- 7:30p    Presentation wth Q & A
    7:30p             Association update & Election of Officers
    7:45p             Raffle

    ** Free Park West tote bags with local discounts, prizes and community information to the first 200 people. **

    For more information or questions regarding the event, please contact us at:

    Phone: 773-599-2336


    SUSAN S. BENJAMIN is an architectural historian with a career that spans over 30 years in a broad variety of preservation activities. Benjamin practices as Benjamin Historic Certifications, LLC.  She and her associates have written more National Register nominations than any other firm in Illinois.  They have completed numerous local landmark nominations for homes designed in a variety of architectural styles throughout the Chicago area. Benjamin also obtains property tax assessment freezes for homeowners throughout the metropolitan area.

     WARD MILLER is Executive Director at Preservation Chicago, a local non-profit that aims to protect architecturally significant structures and neighborhoods across the city, and is a founding board member of the group. In 2003, he became executive director of the Richard Nickel Committee, which curated architectural photos taken by Nickel. Miller comes from a background of architectural focus. He began his career with Vinci-Hamp Architects, Inc. and worked as a designer, architect, and project manager for 20 years. Miller even co-authored a book with architect John Vinci, The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan in 2010, an award-winning book that Nickel and his collaborators began years before.

    Have questions about "Old Roots, New Branches" Celebrating 60 Years!? Contact Park West Community Association

  • SOLD OUT – “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” Coach Tour, Sat., June 3rd

    Address:- Please come early at 9:30 to enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries. Luxury coach departs from Preservation Chicago at 4410 N. Ravenswood at 10am. Please try to arrive early.

    Date:- June 3, 2017

    Time:- 10 am to 3 pm

    Location:- Departing from Preservation Chicago's Office at 4410 N. Ravenswood Ave.

    Instructor:- Ward Miller & Jacob Kaplan

    "Chicago 7 Most Endangered" Coach Tour - SOLD OUT

    Please join Preservation Chicago for our 2017 "Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings" Coach Tour

    Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

    10 am to 3 pm

    $35 per person, which includes box lunch from
    The Goddess and The Grocer.

    Round trip from 4410 N. Ravenswood Ave.

    This tour is not-to-be-missed for those interested in taking a closer look at the threatened buildings of the 2017 Chicago 7 and being immersed in their history.

    The tour will be conducted by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago and Jacob Kaplan of Forgotten Chicago, two leading experts on the history of Chicago and its architecture. The tour will visit the...

    • Madison Pulaski Commercial District
    • Chicago's 20th Century Public Sculptures throughout the Loop
    • Jackson Park and South Shore Cultural Center
    • Chicago Union Station Power House
    • Cornell Store & Flats
    • Altgeld Gardens
    • Water Intake Cribs (from the shore!)

    Learn why Preservation Chicago chose these "7" as our 2017 most endangered and what these spaces, places, and works of art mean to the City of Chicago.

    Please come early at 9:30 to enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries.

    At 10:00 am, a luxury coach will depart from Preservation Chicago at 4410 N. Ravenswood and will return to Preservation Chicago's office by 3:00 pm.

    The Preservation Chicago office is steps from the CTA Montrose Red Line Station. Ample non-metered parking should be available along Ravenswood Ave.

    A box lunch from Goddess and the Grocer will be served. Please choose during ticket purchase. Sandwiches served with chips and an assortment of cookies for desert. Water and soft drinks will be available.
    1. Grilled Chicken Club: Grilled herbed chicken, applewood bacon, avocado, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes and Goddess aioli on ciabatta
    2. California Dreaming: Roast turkey breast, swiss, avocado, arugula, beefsteak tomatoes and lemon aioli on sunflower wheat
    3. Wicker Park (Vegetarian): Roasted tomatoes, roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, spinach and basil pesto on demi baguette


    Address:- 4400 N. Ravenswood

    Date:- June 29, 2017

    Time:- 07:00 pm


    Instructor:- Ward Miller

     This introductory course will begin with an overview of the various regulations and funding mechanisms used to preserve historic buildings in Chicago. The second part of the session will familiarize participants with the broader umbrella under which preservation falls. This section will cover Chicago's governing structure, how zoning works and Landmark Review Process.

  • Ward Miller Featured Speaker at Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner

    Address:- 1155 East 57th Street, Chicago IL

    Date:- February 20, 2017

    Time:- 5:30 p.m.

    Location:- Quadrangle Club at the University of Chicago

    Instructor:- Ward Miller

    Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner
    Ward Miller is the Featured Speaker at the annual Hyde Park Historical Society, Saturday, February 25, 2017. This event is held at the Quadrangle Club at the University of Chicago, 1155 East 57th Street. Tickets are $90.00 before February 20. The presentation is titled “Reflections on Hyde Park: Past, Present & Future.” All are welcome to attend.