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Fulton-Randolph Market District



In April of 2014, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks (CCL) gave preliminary approval to a proposed Fulton-Randolph Market District as part of the Department of Planning and Development’s larger planning effort to manage rapid development and growth in this popular neighborhood west of Chicago’s downtown ... FULL STORY



Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Future Uncertain



On April 15, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) released a letter regarding the dismantling of the agency in Governor Rauner’s proposed FY 2016 budget. Funding for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Preservation Services Division, our State Historic Preservation Office is zeroed out ... FULL STORY



Request for Proposals:
IIT Historic Main Building



Friday, March 27, 2015 is the deadline for submissions for Request for Proposals (RFP) from private developers for the sale of historic Main Building on Illinois Institute of Technology’s Main Campus for the purposes of restoration and redevelopment From the RPF: Main Building, which is located ... FULL STORY



Obama Presidential Library



On the evening of January 20, 2015, the Landmarks Illinois Board of Directors adopted the following Resolution regarding the proposed siting of the Obama Presidential Library in historic park land. The Resolution was emailed on January 21st to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Park District, the Barack Obama Foundation ... FULL STORY



A Bold Move

Wilmette and Evanston


In the waning hours of a deadline set by a developer who intended to demolish the 1928 Prairie-style Irving House, designed by noted architect John Van Bergen, Chris Enck, a project engineer with the firm Klein and Hoffman and vice-chair of Landmarks Illinois’ young professionals’ Skyline Council, bought the house for ten dollars and orchestrated a ... FULL STORY



Redevelopment Opportunities for
Old Cook County Hospital



On October 7, 2014, charrette presentations addressing Cook County’s request of several civic groups to “unlock the future” of Old Cook County Hospital were given at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Landmarks Illinois was one of four civic groups who participated ... FULL STORY



Rees House Moving



The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) intends to construct an event center to host the DePaul basketball team and a 500 room hotel in the location that includes the Harriet F. Rees House at 2110 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago. The house, one of the last remaining mansions on Prairie Avenue, was designed  ... FULL STORY



Creating American Prosperity through Preservation



On Thursday, September 18, 2014 Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), reintroduced into the House of Representatives the bipartisan “Creating American Prosperity through Preservation” (CAPP) Act, to improve the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit ... FULL STORY



New Uses for Historic School Pursued


A broad coalition of organizations is working to save and promote new uses for the historic Trumbull School in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, which was closed by the Chicago Public Schools last year. Coalition members include the Edgewater Historical Society, Landmarks Illinois ... FULL STORY



Pillars of Auburn Gresham
Cornerstone for Community


The Pillars of Auburn Grisham is an 18-minute film to promote the neighborhood of Auburn Gresham, a community on the south side of Chicago. Through the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Landmarks Illinois and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) are partners in Cornerstones ... FULL STORY



Detrimental Impact Proposed Budget Cuts
What You Can Do


August 4, 2014: Operations to be reduced at Illinois historic sites. In response to the incomplete budget passed by the General Assembly, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) announced today that it will reduce operations at 13 historic sites around the state. Many sites will be closed one extra day ... FULL STORY



Landmarks Illinois Moves Office
30 North Michigan Avenue


Longevity would characterize our commitment to preservation through our own office space located in Chicago’s Monadnock Building. We’ve been a proud tenant of this National Historic Landmark for 28 years. However, as our lease came up in April, we felt the time was right to explore ways to continue to support an historic ... FULL STORY



State Historic Tax Credit Bill Introduced


An economic study prepared by the University of Illinois Springfield for Landmarks Illinois demonstrates that a statewide historic tax credit would help rehabilitate dozens of historic buildings, pay for itself without a hit to the state budget, and create hundreds of jobs across the state. The study prompted ... FULL STORY


Harold Ramis  

Harold Ramis
Legendary Landmarks 2010 Honoree Dies


Screenwriter, director and actor Harold Ramis died on Monday, February 24, 2014 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. Mr. Ramis was honored as one of Landmarks Illinois’ Legendary Landmarks at a gala celebration in 2010 ... FULL STORY


Support National Historical Park at Pullman  

Support National Historical Park at Pullman


There is an exciting legislative effort underway to designate the historic company town of Pullman in Chicago a National Historical Park. The designation would tell the story of Pullman and its ties to the history of labor, race relations and industrialism in this country for generations to come ... FULL STORY



Another Landmark Decision for Preservation


On September 26, the Illinois Appellate Court issued an opinion in the case of Hanna vs. City of Chicago that upheld the constitutionality of the Chicago Landmarks Ordinance. The Appellate Court was reviewing a 2012 decision by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sophia Hall that, in a lengthy opinion ... FULL STORY



“Ten Most” Destroyed by Fire
Quincy's Newcomb Hotel


We are disheartened to report that Quincy's Newcomb Hotel, on this year's Ten Most Endangered Historic Places, burned in a fire on Friday, September 6 and is a complete loss. A developer was scheduled to visit Quincy the following week to negotiate the building’s purchase for redevelopment ... FULL STORY



Lawmakers Join Forces to Preserve History


The Illinois Historic Preservation Legislative Caucus, since its formation in late 2005, has been a voice for historic preservation policy and legislation. This year four legislators have agreed to co-chair the caucus: Sen. Pamela Althoff, (R) McHenry, Sen. Andy Manar, (D) Bunker Hill, Rep. Rich Brauer ... FULL STORY



LI Welcomes New Addition
Frank Butterfield


Landmarks Illinois is excited to welcome Frank Butterfield to serve as the Director of our new Springfield Field Office. Frank is a native of Illinois. His recent experience as Director of the Wisconsin Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation made him the clear choice for this role ... FULL STORY



Courthouse Initiative Grants 2013


As we enter our fourth—and final year—of the Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Courthouse Initiative, we can look back at wondrous successes and celebrate the start of new projects. In March 2009, the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust made a four-year, $1 million commitment ... FULL STORY


Preservation Heritage Fund Grants  

Preservation Heritage Fund Grants


Landmarks Illinois awarded seven grants this year through our “Heritage Fund” grant program, which provides small matching grants to properties in need of immediate assistance. Projects ranged from a former brick and tile works from the 1880s in McDonough County to a historic church in Chicago ... FULL STORY


Moline Depot, Moline  

Moline Depot


In August, 2012 the Moline City Council reversed a previous decision to financially contribute to a plan that would move the historic Moline Depot to the Quad Cities Riverfront campus of Western Illinois University (WIU) to serve as a welcome center. While the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) ... FULL STORY



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