Frequently Asked Questions

I love Chicago’s historic architecture. How can I get involved and make a difference?

Preservation Chicago is a small, grassroots advocacy non-profit.  Due to our small size, our Board and volunteers play an important role in helping to further our mission. 

Ways to get involved include:

  1. Speak Out on Social Media: Actively promote and forward preservation oriented social media posts.  The more people who know about a threatened historic building, the more likely it is that a campaign to save it will be successful.
  2. Become a Neighborhood Preservation Leader: Chicago is a city of neighborhoods and the best defense for historic buildings is from within the neighborhood.  The earlier you hear about a threatened building, the more likely an effort will be to save it.  Organize others within the neighborhood who share a passion for preservation.  Preservation Chicago works with many neighborhood organizations throughout the city and has found it to be one of the most important factors in successful outcomes.
  3. Be in touch!  Call, email, or come to one of our events.  We are always looking to meet other preservationists. 


How do I receive frequent updates on preservation efforts?

The best way to stay current with current preservation efforts is to sign up for the Preservation Chicago Facebook and Twitter feeds.  Frequent and timely posts keep you informed about the historic buildings and preservation battles that matter to you.

When you sign up for the Preservation Chicago Newsletter, you can expect to receive the newsletter delivered to your email inbox once per month.  Occasionally, we will send additional announcements via email. 


Do I need to become a member to sign up for newsletter or social media?

You do not need to be a member to take advantage of the monthly newsletter and frequent social media posts. 


However, as Preservation Chicago’s budget is very modest, every membership dollar raised goes directly to assisting out ability to advocate for Chicago’s historic buildings.  We highly value every membership and hope that you will decide to join today! 


Here is the Membership link.


I prefer not to put my credit card info onto a website.

Our website is highly secure and all credit card information is securely processed by PayPal.  Credit card information is not stored, so there is no chance that it can be compromised.  

If you prefer, you can download and mail a membership form and check to us at Preservation Chicago’s offices.  Membership Form Download.


I’m looking for more info about how to save a building in my neighborhood.

Contact us!  If there are endangered buildings that need help in your area, please let us know.


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