Legendary Landmarks Celebration


Since 2006, Landmarks Illinois has honored more than 40 individuals, families and corporations at its annual fundraiser, the Legendary Landmarks Celebration. The Legendary Landmarks Celebration is an inspiring evening full of festivities, networking and tributes to our city’s Legendary Landmarks.


Thursday, March 5, 2020


Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

2020 Legendary landmarks:

  • Timuel D. Black Jr.
  • Joseph P.  Gromacki
  • The Walsh Group

Learn more about all Legendary Landmark Honorees here.




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2020 Legendary Landmarks Sketch

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  • Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago. Legendary Landmark Joseph Gromacki is passionate about preservation and values places of the past as vital to the future. Like Second Presbyterian Church, Mr. Gromacki has used his resources and expertise to help preserve historic places.
  • Farnsworth House, Plano. In 2003, Legendary Landmark Joseph Gromacki helped Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation take ownership of the threatened Farnsworth House. Landmarks Illinois staffed the site until 2010 and has since turned the operations over to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Landmarks Illinois has advocated for the reuse of the hospital for more than two decades and included it four times on our Most Endangered Places in Illinois four times. In 2018, the redevelopment of the hospital, led by Murphy Development Group, broke ground on the 345,000-square-foot structure. Corporate Legendary Landmark The Walsh Group serves as the general contractor.
  • Southside Community Arts Center, Chicago. Legendary Landmark Timuel Black, Jr. was at the Southside Community Arts Center in 1940 when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt opened the center on behalf of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. The National Trust for Historic Preservation center named the South Side Community Arts Center a National Treasure in 2017.


  • Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago. Connecting the Chicago River to the lakefront, Corporate Legendary Landmark The Walsh Group transformed a once uninviting, unused industrial waterfront into beautiful public space and destination spot.
  • Monument to the Great Northern Migration, Chicago. A nod to Legendary Landmark Timuel Black, Jr. whose family migrated from the south to Chicago when he was a young child. Alison Saar’s “Monument to the Great North Migration” stands today at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and 26th Place in Bronzeville as a symbol of the thousands of African Americans who migrated to Chicago in the early 20th century in search of greater freedom and opportunity.

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