People Saving Places For People

By reusing places of the past, we are creating a better future for Illinois.


Landmarks Illinois inspires people to save historic places that matter. Emerging from the fight to save the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, today Landmarks Illinois is a statewide nonprofit organization serving thousands of members, real estate professionals, property owners and policymakers. We provide expertise, funding and inspiration to individuals, corporations and communities across Illinois.

Landmarks Illinois recently spoke with former Ebony Food Editors Charla Draper & Charlotte Lyons, who shared stories of their time working at the Johnson Publishing Company and in the iconic Ebony Test Kitchen. LI is seeking a new owner for the Test Kitchen and is currently accepting proposals until May 1. Read about Draper & Lyons and find out more about LI's RFP.

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Landmarks Illinois held its 2019 Legendary Landmarks Celebration March 7 in Chicago. Nearly 700 people attended the event to support Landmarks Illinois and this year's Legendary Landmarks. The event raised $788,800 for Landmarks Illinois programs, $109,000 of which came directly from the generous guests who donated during the evening's paddle raise. Learn more about the event and see photos of the 2019 LLC!

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Landmarks Illinois has released a short video focused on the Underground Railroad in Illinois. The roughly six-minute video, titled “People Saving Places: The Underground Railroad in Illinois,”  was directed by University of Chicago student Catalina Parra and marks the second phase of LI's student video program. The new video successfully weaves together the collective history of three Illinois Underground Railroad sites and tells the inspiring true stories of Illinois residents and abolitionists helping former slaves find freedom in the mid-19 century.

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Join our new Monthly Giving program, and become a Sustaining Partner! Monthly giving allows you to immediately maximize your support for the preservation of our state’s remarkable past creating a better future for all of us. It’s fast, it’s easy and a small monthly gift adds up to a big impact!

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