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WIN: Historic Studebaker Theater to Reopen After Two-Year Renovation

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"Brittle scraps of Scotch tape stick to the marble walls, chipped and gouged from decades of comings and goings — and if it were any darker in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building on South Michigan Avenue, a flashlight might come in handy. "Inside, hidden almost in plain sight,...

BUYER WANTED: Woodlawn Victorian at 6627 S. Woodlawn Avenue

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"A rare find in Woodlawn is now on the market! This Victorian masterpiece built in 1872 is a one of a kind. You'll be awed by the meticulous detailing and fine craftsmanship on the exterior. "An expansive front porch is the perfect greeting spot to welcome your guests. The foyer...

BUYER WANTED: Austin Foursquare at 5400 W. Washington Boulevard

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"This HUGE stately, oversized Austin foursquare-style home on Washington Boulevard is overflowing with vintage charm and is ready for its next chapter. Five bedrooms (including finished attic w/stairs) and loads of potential! "Be sure to view the floor plan for layout. Corner lot, with side-entry garage. Needs considerable interior and...

BUYER WANTED: Beverly Bungalow by Architect Walter Burley Griffin

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"The man who prevented the demolition of a historically significant bungalow in Beverly and spent a decade restoring it has it on the market. "'Nobody was living there but a possum when I bought it,' David Kroll says of the 1909 bungalow on the Southwest Side. "One of seven Prairie-style homes...

POTENTIAL WIN: Milshire Hotel Neon Sign Safe for Now After Auction Cancelled

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"The Milshire Hotel’s neon sign is no longer for sale after the building’s owner bowed to community pressure and reversed his plans, agreeing instead to work with neighbors on a plan to keep the historical sign in Logan Square. "Well-known property investor Mark Fishman listed the 15-foot-tall sign on Live...

WIN: Central Camera Reopens After Devastating Fire

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"Don Flesch is known for passing out little snacks to his customers. 'Grab a chocolate,' Flesch reminds them on their way out. "Now, the 73-year-old is back in action behind the counter at Central Camera’s store, which reopened at 230 S. Wabash Ave. in March after being looted and burned...

WIN: In Partnership with Preservation Chicago, Chicago Workers Cottage Initiative Completes Surveys in Logan Square, McKinley Park and South Chicago

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"Chicago, they say, is a city of neighborhoods. And the origins of those neighborhoods occupy a unique place among American cities – neither master-planned communities nor built on land controlled by old money. Much of Chicago is defined by its residential buildings, a beautiful mishmash of styles, sizes, and...

WIN: Standard Club’s Great Chicago Fire Murals by Edgar Miller to be Loaned to Art Institute

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"The Standard Club, homeless since deciding to close in 2020 and agreeing this year to sell its Plymouth Court building, is loaning—and potentially donating—some of its artwork to the Art Institute of Chicago. "Four Great Chicago Fire-themed murals by 20th-century painter and woodcarver Edgar Miller will be conveyed to the...

WIN: Capital Garage To Become Bramble Arts Lofts Theatre

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"An upstart theater company is bringing a performing arts space to Andersonville hoping to spark a revival in the city’s play scene following the pandemic. "Bramble Theatre Company is working to open the Bramble Arts Loft at 5545 N. Clark St. The second-floor of a historic auto garage will hold...

THREATENED: Fundraising Challenges Delay Avalon Regal Theater Restoration and Reopening (Chicago 7 2012)

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"The owner of a long-vacant, landmarked South Side theater needs millions to bring it back to life and pay off his tax debt — and now he’s partnering with a cryptocurrency company to raise money. "The Avalon Regal Theater, 1641 E. 79th St. in South Shore, has been closed since...

WIN: Modernist Lake Meadows Professional Building to be Fully Restored

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"A steel-and-glass building on Bronzeville’s northern edge is among Chicago’s finer modernist structures, yet it has gone relatively unnoticed and uncelebrated since its construction 60 years ago. "But that could change over the next year or so. "The long-vacant, two-story former Lake Meadows professional building at 31st Street and Rhodes Avenue...

THREATENED: With Flurry of Purchases, Latin School Now Owns Eight of 10 Properties on a Stretch of Dearborn Parkway

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"The Latin School of Chicago bought an 1890s building on Dearborn Street, its fourth purchase on the same block in recent weeks, and says the $10 million group of buildings will remain on property tax rolls although the school’s other properties are tax-exempt. "On May 25, the elite private school...

WIN: Motor Row Historic District Streetscape Upgrades Complete

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"A South Side neighborhood once known for its fancy auto dealerships now has a pedestrian-friendly look thanks to city investments. "Michigan Avenue between Cermak Road and 24th Place — part of the area known as Motor Row — has been reduced to three lanes, had its sidewalks widened and received...

POTENTIAL WIN: Pittsfield Building Listed for Sale After Years of Legal Drama and Deferred Maintenance

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"After a rough five years, including a stop in receivership, the bedraggled Pittsfield Building near Millennium Park has hit the market, bringing the landmark tower a step closer to the major overhaul it badly needs. "A new owner could pull the 38-story high-rise out of its funk, ending a dysfunctional...

WIN: Original Decorative Cast Iron Window Elements from 1899 Donated to Illinois Railway Museum

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Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1897, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, 78 E Washington St. Photo Credit: Colin Boyle / Block Club Chicago Preservation Chicago and The St. Jude League Building/The Williams Building at 205 W. Monroe donated 16 large, original cast iron...

WIN: Rusnak Brothers Store Adaptive Reuse for Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub Complete

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Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1897, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, 78 E Washington St. Photo Credit: Colin Boyle / Block Club Chicago "South Side healthy living center will soon open on 79th Street, bringing neighborhood essentials to the community, nearly two years...

WIN: Long Vacant Englewood Firehouse to be Restored by INVEST South/West for Eco-Food Hub

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"Developers of a multimillion-dollar project that would transform a historical Englewood firehouse into an eco-food hub could break ground this fall as they work through the summer to get final approvals. "McLaurin Development Partners, a real estate development team, received a key city approval this month from the Community Development...

Starship Chicago: Thompson Center A Film by Nathan Eddy (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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"Architect Helmut Jahn’s kaleidoscopic, controversial State of Illinois Center in Chicago, which shocked the world when it opened in 1985, may not be long for this world. Today the building is a run down rusty shadow of its former self, occupying a lucrative downtown block and deemed expendable by...

Schiller/Garrick Theatre Visualization as part of Romanticism to Ruin, the Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright by Wrightwood 659

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"Wrightwood 659 is pleased to announce the virtual release the Schiller/Garrick Theatre Visualization which premiered at Wrightwood 659 as a key element of the exhibition Romanticism to Ruin, the Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright. Working under the guidance of John Vinci and Angela Demma, with new drawings...

Lost Chicago Department Stores by Leslie Goddard

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"For decades, Chicago was home to some of America’s grandest department stores. Clustered along a mile-long stretch of State Street, stores like Marshall Field’s; Carson, Pirie, Scott; Sears; Wieboldt’s; Montgomery Ward’s; and Goldblatt’s set new standards for retail innovation, customer service and visual display. Generations of Chicagoans trekked to...

PARTIAL WIN: After Rejecting Community Performance Arts Center Proposal Which Would Have Restored Interior and Dome, Second Church of Christ, Scientist Development Will At Least Incorporate Historic Façade (Chicago 7 2019)

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"The project is a blend of historic preservation and new construction. It would save the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, at 2700 N. Pine Grove Ave. — by grafting on a six-story residential addition. The church, built in 1901 in the style of a Greek temple, is a typically...

Uptown: Portrait of a Palace A Documentary by John Pappas and Michael Bisberg

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"What happens when a building slips through a crack in time? Leftover from an extinct era and useless in modern society, the Uptown Theatre has done just that. Closed in 1981, the 85-year old movie palace has sat in decay on Chicago's North Side. This film explores the history...

WTTW Chicago: The Richard Nickel Story

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"Just a few decades ago, Chicago was tearing many architectural landmarks, including the work of legendary architect Louis Sullivan. No one, it seemed, felt it was important to document and preserve them. No one, that is, except photographer Richard Nickel. This idealistic young crusader's passion to save Chicago's architectural...

“Early Chicago Skyscrapers” for UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation by AIA Chicago and Preservation Chicago

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There is strong support to designate “Early Chicago Skyscrapers” as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A UNESCO World Heritage Site designation would further recognize the Chicago's contributions to the built environment and to increase education regarding these architecturally significant structures. Other sites nominated include Civil Rights Sites, Native American...

Driehaus Museum presents “A Tale of Today: Theodora Allen Saturnine” Extended to August 7, 2022

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"The exhibition marks the latest iteration of the Museum’s newest initiative: A Tale of Today, which features work by leading contemporary artists to expand the immersive experience and to shape our understanding of the world through the art, architecture, design, and cultural history of the Nickerson Mansion, the Museum’s...

WRIGHTWOOD 659 presents American Framing May 6 to July 16, 2022

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"First exhibited in the U.S. Pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, this exhibition comes at a time when national cultural practices are struggling with their histories. How do we come to terms with our past choices? What kinds of futures can we create? "American...

Pritzker Military Museum & Library Presents Life Behind the Wire: Prisoners of War Now Open

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"Most people aren’t aware of the drastic differences that exist between varying prisoner of war (POW) experiences. The camp and captor greatly determined the lifestyle and treatment these prisoners received. "What happens when a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine is captured during war? How do they cope with the physical...

Edgewater Historical Society presents Neighborhood Walking Tours Summer 2022

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"Enjoy views of the historic homes of Edgewater in our own unique outdoor museum. Edgewater has three historic districts designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior and many blocks filled with historic homes. "There is a limit of 20 in each tour. Our tour guides, who will have microphones,...

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents Unity Temple Guided Interior Tours Summer 2022

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Unity Temple Guided Interior Tours Unity Temple Audio Self-Guided Tour Unity Temple In-depth Tour Unity Temple represents a defining moment in Frank Lloyd Wright’s early career. Designed in Wright’s Oak Park Studio, it is considered the greatest public building of the architect's Prairie era. Discover how the harmony of the building’s strikingly...

POTENTIAL WIN: Zoning Amendment Submitted for Salvation Army Building Adaptive Reuse as Hotel and Apartments (Chicago 7 2021)

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Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1897, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, 78 E Washington St. Photo Credit: Colin Boyle / Block Club Chicago "Thousands of apartment units and a hotel could replace the former Salvation Army property and a neighboring site steps from...

Glessner House Presents At Home in Chicago: A Living History of Domestic Architecture July 21, 2022

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"Imagine touring 50 of Chicago’s most striking homes. No need to knock or ring. Here’s your chance to take a ramble through imposing stair halls, lavish dining rooms, inviting bedrooms, and more! "At Home in Chicago: A Living History of Domestic Architecture is the first extensive look at the city’s...

Daily Southtown: A North Sider who embraced life in Pullman becomes national monument’s newest park ranger

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"Lisa Burback lived in a Chicago Bungalow growing up on Chicago’s North Side, learning over those formative years it was more than just a roof over her head. "'My dad made sure I understood how special it was that we had that kind of house,' she said. 'He pointed out...

Chicago Tribune: Whiskey Point, Slag Valley and Black Bottom: Chicago’s ‘layers upon layers’ of forgotten neighborhood names

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"Long before North Halsted Street became the epicenter of Chicago queer nightlife, a vibrant drag scene thrived on the South Side, buoyed by jazz clubs in Bronzeville and Woodlawn. "Jazzheads know the headliners’ names, even if the venues are now a memory. Clarinetist and bandleader Jimmie Noone played female impersonator...

WIN: Pilgrim Baptist Church Receives $2.1 Million State Grant for National Gospel Museum

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"Tumbled-down brick walls, nubs of charred timber — even the cast-iron frame and melted strings from what was once a baby grand piano. "Strolling through the remains of the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church — on the first public tour since the devastating 2006 fire — feels almost like traipsing through...

WIN: KAM Isaiah Israel Receives $250,000 Adopt-a-Landmark Grant for Stained Glass Window Restoration

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"The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted unanimously during its July 7 meeting to award the KAM Isaiah Israel a $250,000 grant for exterior renovations from its Adopt-a-Landmark Fund. "The Kenwood synagogue, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is already partway through a $5 million project that will fix the domed roof,...

SUN-TIMES EDITORIAL: Landmark Chicago Vocational High School

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Update: Chicago Vocational High School was approved for National Register of Historic Places application by the Commission of Chicago Landmarks meeting on July 7, 2022. "We’ve been plenty concerned about Chicago Vocational, the architecturally important but underutilized Art Deco/Art Moderne designed high school in the city’s Avalon Park neighborhood. "Built in...

Block Club Chicago: Decades Before Boystown, South Side Jazz Clubs Were A Haven For Queer Chicagoans

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"Long before North Halsted Street became the epicenter of Chicago queer nightlife, a vibrant drag scene thrived on the South Side, buoyed by jazz clubs in Bronzeville and Woodlawn. "Jazzheads know the headliners’ names, even if the venues are now a memory. Clarinetist and bandleader Jimmie Noone played female impersonator...

POTENTIAL WIN: City of Chicago Takes First Step Towards Landmark Designations for Century & Consumers Buildings! (Chicago 7 2011, 2013 & 2022)

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Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1897, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, 78 E Washington St. Photo Credit: Colin Boyle / Block Club Chicago Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1897, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, 78 E...

Urbanist News: When Preserving Affordable Housing Is Cheaper Than Building It

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"While building affordable housing is a hot topic, new buildings only account for about a quarter of the affordable housing market. The rest is comprised of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing, or NOAH, which falls between subsidized housing and high-rent buildings. However, that too is that risk. In Chicago, 10%...

AIA Architect: Sleeping Beauties – Chicago’s Adaptive Reuse; A wave of community-focused resurrections of former neighborhood anchors seeks to heal community — and architectural — neglect.

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"The Laramie State Bank Building, in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, strikes an alluring profile on the corner of Chicago and Laramie avenues. A hulking, concrete box built in 1928 with ornate exterior terra cotta, it’s one of the city’s rare examples of Egyptian Revival design. Architect Katherine Darnstadt, AIA—whose firm...

Sun-Times Editorial: When wall comes tumbling down at Lakeside Center, action is needed

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"It’s been an open secret for the past decade that McCormick Place’s ragged Lakeside Center needs a major, big-ticket rehabilitation. "Additional proof came Monday evening when a big section of the brick cladding adorning the structure’s mammoth podium suddenly collapsed and spilled onto the Stevenson Expressway ramp to northbound DuSable...

WIN: Epworth Church Receives Preliminary Landmark Designation Approval

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"Epworth Church is one step closer to becoming a city landmark just as the historical church is set to be redeveloped — possibly into apartments. "The city’s Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted Thursday to give Epworth Church preliminary landmark status, which would give the church campus demolition protections after an...

POTENTIAL WIN: Google Considering Thompson Center for New Chicago Headquarters (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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"Google is negotiating to buy the spaceship-like James R. Thompson Center in Chicago in a deal that could provide a much-needed boost to the city’s Loop business district. "The Mountain View, California-based tech giant is seeking to buy the Helmut Jahn-designed building at 100 W. Randolph St., where it plans...

Sun-Times Editorial: Explore preservation group’s plan to save two doomed Loop towers

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"We’re intrigued by a preservation group’s plan to save a seemingly doomed pair of Loop office buildings by turning the towers into a local archives center. "As first reported by the Sun-Times’ David Roeder this week, Preservation Chicago has lined up 20 religious orders, including Dominican University in River Forest,...

WIN: Chicago Collaborative Archive Center Press Conference for Reuse of Century and Consumers Building Generates Strong Media Coverage (Chicago 7 2011, 2013 & 2022)

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"A coalition of organizations, uniting around what they call a “sustainable vision” to save two State Street skyscrapers from the wrecking ball, plans to propose on Wednesday that they be turned into an archives center for scholarly research. "Around 20 religious orders along with Dominican University in River Forest have...

WIN: Chicago Collaborative Archive Center Press Conference for Reuse of Century and Consumers Building Generates Strong Media Coverage (Chicago 7 2011, 2013 & 2022)

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"A coalition of organizations, uniting around what they call a “sustainable vision” to save two State Street skyscrapers from the wrecking ball, plans to propose on Wednesday that they be turned into an archives center for scholarly research. "Around 20 religious orders along with Dominican University in River Forest have...

WIN: Laramie State Bank INVEST South/West Redevelopment Approved by City Council (Chicago 7 2019)

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"A plan to redevelop the long-vacant Laramie State Bank is moving forward. "The Chicago Plan Commission voted Thursday to approve a sweeping proposal to transform the historic bank building, 5200 W. Chicago Ave. into a museum, mixed-income housing, community plaza, business incubator and café. The proposal now will go to...