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 marked 25 years of its Most Endangered program in 2019. The annual statewide list that helps people working to save significant historic places under threat, has been LI's longest and most prominent advocacy program. To honor this anniversary, LI reflected on the past two and a half decades of saving places. Visit our special webpage to read more.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation included the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago in its 2019 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which it announced in May. LI included the Postmodern, Helmut Jahn-designed building on its own Most Endangered list for the last three years.

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Landmarks Illinois is excited to announce it has accepted a proposal from the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) in Brooklyn, New York, to take possession of the iconic former Ebony Test Kitchen and prominently feature it in its anticipated national exhibition that will tour the United States! Read our press release for more details!

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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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Be a voice for the future of our communities by supporting Landmarks Illinois. Our work enhances communities, empowers citizens, promotes local economic development and offers environmentally sound solutions.

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