Tour, Events and Lectures

  • Preservation Chicago Announcement and Presentation of 2021 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” Proves a Great Success!

    Address:- Virtual on Zoom


    Time:- Noon

    Location:- Virtual on Zoom

    Instructor:- Ward Miller

    A highly successful Preservation Chicago announcement and presentation of the 2021 "Chicago 7 Most Endangered" on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

    The virtual event sold out with 1,000 registrations.

    Link to watch the full hour long recording of the Preservation Chicago 2021 7 Most Endangered presentation.

    Thank you to all who participate and made the event as successful as it was!

  • Preservation Chicago 2021 “7 Most Endangered” Coach Tour, Summer 2021

    Address:- 205 W. Monroe


    Time:- 10:00

    Location:- 205 W. Monroe

    Instructor:- Ward Miller and Jacob Kaplan

    Join us for a Post-Pandemic Preservation Chicago 2021 Chicago 7 Most Endangered Coach Tour!
    Tour hosted by Ward Miller, Executive Director of Preservation Chicago, and Jacob Kaplan of Forgotten Chicago
    • Date to be announced depending on health and safety status - Summer 2021
    • Tickets: TBD
    • Limited seats available
    • 10 am to 3 pm
    • Beverages and light snacks included with option to purchase lunch at one stop
    • Air conditioned coach departs from the Williams Building, 205 W. Monroe.

  • City of Chicago Landmarks Commission Meeting Schedule 2021

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


    Time:- 12:45 pm

    Location:- City Hall

    Instructor:- Commission on Chicago Landmarks

    City of Chicago Commission on Chicago Landmarks meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 12:45 at City Hall, Room 201-A. 

    During Covid, please note that all City of Chicago Commission on Chicago Landmarks meetings are held virtually.

    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.

    2021 meetings are scheduled for:

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    Thursday, February 4, 2021

    Thursday, March 4, 2021

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    Thursday, June 3, 2021

    Thursday, July 1, 2021

    Thursday, August 4, 2021

    Thursday, September 2, 2021

    Thursday, October 1, 2021

    Thursday, November 5, 2021

    Thursday, December 3, 2021


  • Preservation Chicago Announcement and Presentation of 2021 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” List

    Address:- Virtual on Zoom

    Date:- February 26, 2020

    Time:- 12:00 Noon

    Location:- Virtual on Zoom

    Instructor:- Ward Miller

    Don't Miss!  Preservation Chicago's announcement and presentation of the 2021 "Chicago 7 Most Endangered" on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

    High Noon on Zoom as a Virtual Event

    Due high demand, free tickets for the event are going quickly.  We have a hard cap at 1,000 virtual spots, so please register early to ensure that you'll be able to attend.  

    Link to Chicago 7 Most Endangered 2021 registration page. 

    Hope you can join us!

  • Crawford Tax Incentives Hearing and Vote, March 1 at 11:00

    Address:- 121 N LaSalle St, Chicago

    Date:- February 1, 2019

    Time:- 11:00 AM

    Location:- City Hall, Room 201A

    Instructor:- Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO),

    Please attend and testify against the proposed for the estimated $19.6 million dollar tax break to redevelop the Crawford Coal Power plant.  Hearing is scheduled for March 1st at 11 am in room 201A at City Hall.

    The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) Preservation Chicago and the community oppose  R2018-1394, a Class 6(b) tax incentive measure to allow the former Crawford Coal Power Plant to be torn down and the surrounding site to be redeveloped into a massive, million-square-foot warehousing and distribution center as part of a $100 million project by multi-billion-dollar corporation Hilco Global.

    The Committee will meet Friday, March 1st at 11 am in room 201A at City Hall to reintroduce Hilco's bid for tax incentives in the committee. We are asking all partners to continue to support the Little Village community in their demands to Stop the Hilco Project and prevent any taxpayer dollars from contributing to additional environmental racism that this project represents by:

    • testifying AGAINST this measure at the committee meeting on Friday, urging committee to say NO to incentives for Hilco
    • contacting decision-makers on the committee by email and phone to urge NO to incentives for Hilco, especially if you cannot attend in person on Friday (see end of email for information)

    Although the first meeting was rescheduled and the second deferred, at the third meeting on Tues. Jan. 22nd, the Committee on Economic, Capital, and Technology Development heard R2018-1394, the proposal for the estimated $19.6 million dollar tax break to redevelop the Crawford Coal Power plant. It was held in committee by unanimous vote by members, delaying a decision on the measure based on calls, emails, and great testimony made by community members and supporters at the meeting, including Respiratory Health Association, Illinois Sierra Club, the Illinois Environmental Council, Preservation Chicago, and LVEJO. Click here to see additional coverage of the meeting by the Daily Line printed in Block Club Chicago.

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

    Address:- 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.

    Date:- October 13, 2018

    Time:- 10 to 5

    Location:- 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.

    Instructor:- The Shrine, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.

    Come visit #SeeTheShrine with Preservation Chicago during Open House Chicago on October 13 and 14.
    After three years of being open to the elements, the Shrine of Christ the King (6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.) is getting a roof! Over the spring and summer, new steel trusses, decking and insulation were installed and the outer layer of shingles will be added this fall. It is something of a miracle that the extraordinary preservation efforts have come this far and this fast!
    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 outside the downtown area, and yes, visitors young and old still get to wear hard hats!
    The Shrine, built as St. Clara and landmarked as St. Gelasius, has been one of Preservation Chicago’s most consistent efforts and biggest wins over the past two decades. When the neo-Renaissance masterpiece of Chicago architect Henry Schlacks was first threatened with demolition in 2002, Preservation Chicago, along with our partner organization Landmarks Illinois, led the successful effort to designate the building as a Chicago Landmark in 2003. When the Shrine was once again threatened with demolition following the massive fire that destroyed its roof in 2015, Preservation Chicago again rallied to #SaveTheShrine, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges to secure the building and facilitating an unprecedented transfer of ownership from the Archdiocese of Chicago to an independent Catholic religious order, the Institute of Christ the King. 
    Preservation Chicago has continued to be a crucial partner in the Shrine’s restoration, including recently by supporting the Shrine’s successful candidacy for the National Fund for Sacred Places. In 2017, the Shrine was the only Chicago house of worship to be accepted into this competitive program, which includes a quarter million dollar grant to support the restoration. Ward Miller has been frequently quoted in the press on the Shrine project, most recently by the Sun-Times in March, when he called the Shrine: “a fabulous structure that is so much a part of Woodlawn.”(Chicago Sun-Times, 3/23/18) 
    You can also #SeeTheShrine on the big screen this November, when Dr. Enid Wells’ film students at the Shrine’s neighbor Kennedy-King College, will once again include a short film on the restoration’s progress at their Arts Showcase on Tuesday, November 27th, from 2:00 to 3:30 at 6301 S. Halsted Streeet. The Shrine and Kennedy-King College were introduced thanks to Landmarks Illinois’ “People Saving Places” video series and the College has generously continued to give visibility to the project through film-making. This is a great chance to support young film-makers telling inspiring stories of preservation in their neighborhoods! 
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  • Hundreds Celebrate at the Thompson Center SOS Starship Landing Event

    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

    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.
    Today this iconic building is a bit faded due to decades of deferred maintenance. Occupying an entire block in the heart of the Loop, the Thompson Center is currently threatened with sale and demolition by the cash-strapped state legislature and governor. 
    It is one of Chicago’s most iconic late 20th century post-modern buildings and it represented a radical departure from the design of conventional government office buildings of its time. Despite initial construction challenges, this singular architectural vision of an open, accessible, and inspiring civic building, defined by its iconic, soaring atrium remains intact.
    We strongly encourage the City of Chicago and State of Illinois to move quickly to designate the Thompson Center/State of Illinois Building as a Chicago Landmark. This would protect the building, plaza, and the public sculpture, “Monument with Standing Beast” by Jean Dubuffet.  
    Helmut Jahn is one of Chicago’s most famous contemporary architects, whose career began here with C. F. Murphy and whose work is now celebrated around the world from Chicago to Berlin to Shanghai.
    This is a building for the people of Chicago, for the State of Illinois, for everyone see, to experience and be inspired by. Most importantly it is open to all. 
    Efforts to both protect its architectural vision and to activate the building should be implemented. A comprehensive redevelopment plan could correct the deferred maintenance. A tower-addition study by Helmut Jahn’s design firm has suggested that the existing building could accommodate new construction that would add square footage while remaining sensitive to the historic building, atrium, and public space.
    The vast soaring atrium lends itself to highly collaborative potential uses. We encourage the State of Illinois to designate a portion of the building to be an incubator that would provide discounted rent to small arts organizations, nonprofits, tech start-ups, and other creative uses to help drive innovation in Chicago. By seeding these organizations at the Thompson 'Innovation' Center, they would help to activate the building and help to provide the vibrancy to the building that was always contemplated but never realized. Further, the building's public atrium should be embraced through live art and performances to be held throughout the year, but especially during the winter months.
    We strongly encourage the City of Chicago move to officially recognize and protect the thrilling civic spaces and their visionary design, which continue Chicago’s legacy of bold, risk-taking architecture.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.


  • 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.