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.
Preservation Chicago Newsletter
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.
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.
Approximately 300 people came out to The Logan Square Auditorium on June 19th to celebrate the publication of “Logan Square: Images of America” co-written by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, Jacob Kaplan of Forgotten Chicago and Preservation Chicago, Andrew Schneider of Logan Square Preservation, and Dan Pogorzelski of the Northwest Chicago Historical Society, and with introduction by Prof. Edward Kantowicz. Over 200 signed books were sold during the event.
The event was held in tandem with several other non-profit organizations, including Logan Square Preservation, Forgotten Chicago and the Northwest Chicago Historical Society. It was a truly wonderful event, with two Chicago-based bands, an accordionist playing ethnic folk songs, and a brief 20-minute program on our organizations, our work, the book project, and Logan Square history.
We also acknowledged our funders whose funding supports free events like this and so much more. Also, a special thanks to The Logan Square Auditorium which waived the rental costs of this wonderful historic ballroom.
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.”
“Logan Square: Images of America” is available for sale in bookstores near you.
To purchase a book signed by the authors, please reach out to Logan Square Preservation.