landmarks illinois upcoming events & programs

September 10, 2016

Skyline Social

Landmarks Illinois’ young professionals group, Skyline Council, hosts its 5th Annual Skyline Social at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. Learn more.

Photo: Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago (credit: Tom Harris, Hedrich Blessing)

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September 15, 2016

Preservation Snapshots Lecture: Benjamin H. Marshall, Chicago Architect

Learn about architect Benjamin Marshall’s contribution to Chicago from the co-author of a new volume on his life and work.

Photo: 1550 North State Parkway, Chicago (credit: Tom Harris, Hedrich Blessing)

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September 17, 2016


Join us in Villa Park for our next meeting. The Suburban Preservation Alliance provides an important networking opportunity and communications nexus for Chicago suburban preservation commissions and advocates. Past meeting topics have included teardowns, historic surveys, heritage tourism, real estate training, effective advocacy and more. Look for details soon.

Photo: Participants at the May 2016 Chicago Suburban Preservation Alliance Meeting in Plainfield

October 8, 2016

Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement

This day-long symposium event will celebrate one of the first great preservation success stories in Chicago, explore why we continue to save old buildings in the 21st century, and generate broad input into the future of historic preservation, its role in society now and for generations to come.

Presented by Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks Illinois, the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Friends of Historic Second Church

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October 20, 2016

Preservation Snapshots Lecture: The Future of Historic House Museums

How do historic house museums remain relevant and sustainable in the 21st century and how can they contribute to the broader trends in historic preservation?

Photo: Glessner House, Chicago (credit: Courtesy of Glessner House Museum)

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October 22, 2016

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Panel Discussion & Ceremony

A panel discussion with several award winners will proceed the awards ceremony and reception.

Photo: Kim Coventry, Executive Director of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, presents the 2015 Project of the Year Award (credit: Oscar Izquierdo Photography)

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November 15, 2016

Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Application Deadline

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund provides monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures or sites in the state of Illinois.

Photo: The Times Building, Delavan (credit: Friends of the Hometown News)

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November 17, 2016

Preservation Snapshots Lecture: Edgar Miller Project

See a “best of” glimpse of artist and architect Edgar Miller’s broad body of work while learning about the 40-year preservation effort to keep Miller’s Handmade Homes intact and vibrant.

Photo: Glasner Studio, Chicago (credit: Alexander Vertikoff)

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other upcoming events & programs

September 20, 2016

Screening of The Emil Bach House:
The History & Renovation of One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Last Prairie Houses

Chicago, Illinois

6:00 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. screening followed by Q&A. Discover the history of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House and its detailed restoration at this film screening, followed by a question and answer session with Gunny Harboe of Harboe Architects, who led the project.

Presented by the Chicago History Museum

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September 21-November 16, 2016

Historic Chicago Bungalow Association FALL 2016 SEMINARS

Chicago, Illinois

The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) offers a wide variety of popular seminars and workshops designed to help owners of any Chicago home —whether you’re a home repair expert or rehab rookie — preserve and improve the beauty, sustainability and value of their home.

Presented by The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association

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September 22, 2016

Gilded Age Interiors: Herter Brothers and the William H. Vanderbilt House

Nickerson Lecture Series

Chicago, Illinois

Join Ms. Frelinghuysen, the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York as she chronicle these significant interiors highlighting its place within Herter Brothers oeuvre and shares a number of recent discoveries relating to this extraordinary commission.

Presented by: The RIchard H. Driehaus Museum

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September 25, 2016

Walk & Talk with Alfonso Iannelli

Park Ridge, Illinois

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Presented by Pleasant Home Museum.

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September 27 - November 8, 2016

Repair+Rehabilitation Lecture Series: Making Informed Decisions & Creating Value

Chicago, Illinois

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) invites you to a complimentary educational lecture series on building repair and rehabilitation (R+R) at our office in downtown Chicago.

Presented by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

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September 28, 2016

The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America

Evanston, Illinois

Author Ethan Michaeli discusses his critically acclaimed history of the famous newspaper, the Chicago Defender, and its broad and significant impact on American life, from encouraging the Great Migration to helping break down barriers of racial segregation.

Presented by Evanston History Center

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September 28-30, 2016

Cultural Placemaking: Museums in the 21st Century Annual Conference

Oak Park, Illinois

Beautiful and historic Oak Park Illinois will host our 2016 Annual conference. Our headquarters will be the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave. You’ll find the registration desk, silent auction, keynote and plenary breakfasts and Awards Luncheon here. Session sites include the Nineteenth Century Club, Oak Park Library, the Austin Gardens Environmental Center, and Grace Episcopal Church. Workshops sites include the Oak Park River Forest Historical Society, Wonder Works children’s museum and the Oak Park Art League.

Presented by Illinois Association of Museums

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September 29, 2016

Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas

Chicago, Illinois

Harvard University professor and architect Toshiko Mori, who designed the Visitor Center at the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY, talks about architectural vision and the challenges she faced.

Presented by: Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

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September 29, 2016

Driehaus Car Museum and a special preview of ART DECO CHICAGO: MAKING AMERICA MODERN

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Art Deco Society invites you to drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Richard H. Driehaus Collection at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage. This evening will feature a private look at the dazzling car collection with curator and restoration specialist Stephen Murphy. The Richard H. Driehaus Collection at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage showcases the best of American automotive design and engineering from the Classic and Post-War eras.

Presented by the Chicago Art Deco Society

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September 29 - October 1

The Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design
University of notre dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

A conference exploring the role of hand drawing in architectural history, education, and practice.

Presented by: University of Notre Dame School of Architecture

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September 30, 2016

Edgar Miller Fall Smash

Chicago, Illinois

A festive event benefiting Edgar Miller Legacy held at the Kogen-Miller Studios, one of Miller’s most exclusive and spectacular “handmade” enclaves and home of the Rudolph Glasner Studio.

Presented by Edgar Miller Legacy and Wells Street Studios

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October 6-October 7, 2016

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency 18th Annual Conference on Illinois

Springfield, Illinois

Hear the story of an Effingham wife and mother who devoted herself to nursing wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Meet the entertainer who helped introduce Japanese culture to Illinois. Learn about the mystery of Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather or the triumphs of three women in early Chicago journalism.All those stories, and many others, will be featured at the 2016 Conference on Illinois History, which takes place Oct. 6-7 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Presented by Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

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October 8-October 9, 2016

Historic Pullman House Tour

Chicago, Illinois

Tour homes are chosen to present a cross-section of the different types of housing in Pullman and the many ways that homeowners blend the past and present in their historic homes.

Presented by Historic Pullman Foundation

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October 9, 2016

Mid-Century Modern in Ravinia

Highland Park, Illinois

See Ravinia at the mid-20th century in a presentation that will give a new perspective on the architecture of Ravinia and Highland Park. The presentation will run from 1pm-2:00pm. Sponsored by the Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission.

Presented by the Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions

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October 9, 2016

44th Annual Historic House Tour

Chicago, Illinois

AALA is dedicated to educating, promoting and saving the architectural heritage of the Alton area. AALA sponsors the annual Fall Historic House Tour and is renovating the 140 year old Hart House located at 522/524 Belle Street. Tour held noon-5 p.m.

Presented by the Alton Area Landmarks Association, Inc

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October 14, 2016


Chicago, Illinois

The design excellence awards honor outstanding work from chicago architecture firms found all over the world.

Presented by AIA Chicago

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October 14-October 15, 2016

Midwest Country School Preservation Conference

Eldridge, Iowa

A perfect venue for networking with other country school enthusiasts, the two-day conference features a full day of educational sessions on Friday and tours on Saturday.

Hosted by: Friends of Walnut Grove Pioneer Village and Scott County Iowa Conservation Cosponsored by: Landmarks Illinois

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October 14-October 15, 2016

Moonlight Tours

Plano, Illinois

Guests will be led along a lighted path with woods on one side and the Fox River on the other, to enjoy a full guided tour of Farnsworth House illuminated against the evening sky.

Presented by Farnsworth House

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October 15, 2016

Behind Closed Doors Fall Homes Tour

Quincy, Illinois

Several homes and buildings are selected to be on this tour representing the different architectural styles found in Quincy.

Presented by Quincy Presrves

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October 15, 2016

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day

Chicago, Illinois

A free event open to high school and college students, parents, teachers and counselors interested in learning more about careers in: Architecture, interior design, construction management and landscape architecture. Over 50 college and university representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions on their respective degree programs.

Presented by the Consortium for Design + Construction Careers

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October 15-October 16, 2016

Open House Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

A free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago.

Presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation

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October 20, 2016

Springfield and Decatur, Illinois

Our day trip to view the magnificent Susan Lawrence Dana House, the Prairie style community of Milliken Place and a tour of Wright’s splendid Edward P. Irving House.

Presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

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November 4, 2016

Society of Architectural Historians Annual Awards Gala

Chicago, Illinois

The Society of Architectural Historians will present its 2016 Awards for Architectural Excellence at the 7th annual SAH Awards Gala on Friday, November 4, 2016. The awards represent a unique coming together of architectural practice and academic study, honoring the contributions of individual projects to our built environment.

Presented by the Society of Architectural Historians

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November 2-November 6, 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s 2016 Conference “Wright’s Late Years:1946-59”

San Francisco, California

Join us for educational presentations addressing Wright’s Late Years and five days of tours of Bay Area work by Wright and others.

Presented by The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

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November 10, 2016

Giants in the Park: Unveiling the Histories behind Lincoln Park’s Vintage Monuments

Evanston, Illinois

Hear the fascinating histories behind several of the park’s “giants” including, The Alarm, LaSalle, Lincoln, Grant and Fountain Girl (originally named Willard Fountain, for Evanston’s Frances Willard.)

Presented by Evanston History Center

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