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Redevelopment Opportunities for Old Cook County Hospital


On October 7, 2014, charrette presentations addressing Cook County’s request of several civic groups to “unlock the future” of Old Cook County Hospital were given at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Landmarks Illinois was one of four civic groups who participated. See the entire evening’s public presentation on YouTube. LI President Bonnie McDonald’s presentation can be seen from 44:30-52:40. All of the civic groups' submittals can be seen on the County’s website.  [more

Old Cook County Hospital, 1900 W. Harrison Street, Chicago. Credit: Lisa DiChiera, Landmarks Illinois


Pillars of Auburn Gresham Cornerstone for Community


The Pillars of Auburn Grisham is an 18-minute film to promote the neighborhood of Auburn Gresham, a community on the south side of Chicago. Through the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Landmarks Illinois and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) are partners in Cornerstones for Community, an innovative program that utilizes historic preservation as a community development tool—working directly within communities to enhance the ethic for preserving neighborhoods and individual properties. This film is one of three projects included in this program.  [more

Photo: Senator Jacqueline Collins, State Senator, 16th District is a featured speaker in the film.


Historic Tax Credit Workshops


To continue educating communities about the need for a statewide historic tax credit program, and the benefits of the federal historic tax credit program, Landmarks Illinois scheduled eight historic tax credit workshops throughout the state this summer and fall. The free workshops highlight the findings of Landmarks Illinois’ state historic tax credit economic study, released in October 2013, which concluded that such a program would pay for itself and create needed jobs. [more]

Photo: Metropolitan Hall Lofts, 324-330 East State St., Rockford. This $3 million mixed use project, scheduled for completion in fall, 2014, will contain 8 market rate residential loft apartments and ground-level retail. The project’s financing includes the federal historic tax credit and the current state historic tax credit. The property is located in the River’s Edge district of Rockford.

2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places


The Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois list was announced by Landmarks Illinois at an April 1st press conference in Springfield. From important corner commercial buildings to a pre-Civil War marine hospital to a historic planned manufacturing district to a 19th century “fresh air in the country” camp designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen—the 2014 “Ten Most” list includes a remarkable variety of structures.  [more

(left to right) McAuley Schoolhouse, West Chicago (credit: Courtesy of Adam B. Gibbons); Uptown Theatre, Chicago (credit: Bob Nick, Friends of the Uptown Theatre)


Saved For Future Generations

Preservation in Action


Click Here to watch this moving video about the work of Landmarks Illinois which profiles three important projects and the people whose lives they have touched. Landmarks Illinois sincerely thanks JAQ Corp., architects for the Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church project, for its donation of the use of project photos for this video.




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Historic Chicago Theaters
Thursday, November 20
12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

At the next Preservation Snapshots lecture, Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune theater critic will talk about the history of the Auditorium Theatre as a performance venue in the context of Chicago’s great collection of historic theaters.

Chris Jones, longtime chief Chicago Tribune theater critic, has reviewed and commented on culture, the arts, politics and entertainment for the Tribune for 15 years. He serves on the editorial board for the Best Plays annual and has twice served on the drama committee of the Pulitzer Prizes ... [more]

(photo)  Chris Jones

For Sale: Imperiled Buildings

Use the following link to view listings have been submitted to Landmarks Illinois and represent buildings for sale of historic interest.


Imperiled Buildings

Illinois Restoration Resources

Click Here to view the Landmarks Illinois Restoration Resources guide. This on-line guide provides property owners and design professionals with access to professional services, products, craftspeople, and other experts related to the maintenance, restoration, and rehabilitation of older structures.  [more

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