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 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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Landmarks Illinois has issued a Request for Proposals from qualified institutions, organizations, corporations or other entities interested in accepting ownership of the former. iconic Ebony Test Kitchen that was housed in the Johnson Publishing Company Building in Chicago. LI seeks a new steward of the test kitchen who will reassemble it for educational display or use.

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Landmarks Illinois sent each candidate running for Chicago Mayor a survey on historic preservation topics. We have published the answers from the four candidates we received responses from: Amara Enyia, La Shawn Ford, Gary McCarthy and Paul Vallas.

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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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Save the Date! March 7, 2019, will be Landmarks Illinois' 2019 Legendary Landmarks Celebration. Join us for a night of networking and tributes to our city’s Legendary Landmarks.

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