Preservation Events

Chicago Architecture Biennial
Thursday, October 1-Sunday, January 3
Chicago, Illinois

An international forum on architecture and the designed environment. To learn more…

Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry
Present-January 3, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

This new exhibit at The Driehaus Museum features more than two hundred and fifty pieces of jewelry created in the early decades of the twentieth century. The exhibit explores five different areas of art jewelry design and fabrication: the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain, Art Nouveau in France, Jugendstil in Germany and Austria, Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York, and American Arts and Crafts in Chicago. To learn more…

Chicago Filmakers
Firehouse Fundraiser Screenings
Sunday, November 1
Sunday November 15
Chicago, Illinois

5 independent producer/directors are giving back, helping to raise funds for the purchase and renovation of a new home for Chicago Filmmakers in an historic firehouse in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. To learn more…

Past Forward Conference
Tuesday, November 3-Friday, November 6
Washington, DC

Kick off a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference. Programming will focus on urban strategies, federal innovation and excellence, and best practices in historic site stewardship and interpretation. To learn more…

Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future
Friday, November 6
Chicago, Illinois

The Society of Architectural Historians will present its annual Awards for Architectural Excellence at the SAH Awards Gala. The awards represent a unique coming together of architectural practice and academic study, honoring the contributions of individual projects to our built environment. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Society's educational mission. To learn more…

Hands-On Stone Repair Workshop
Friday, November 6
Chicago, Illinois

3.0 CEUs will be offered for this workshop and will include a short lecture on stone damage and repair options followed by hands-on patching and grout injection repairs for stone. Only 20 spots available; RSVP to Presented by Women in Preservation & Engineering and Henry Frerk Sons, Inc. To learn more…

Jens Jensen and the Prairie School
Thursday, November 12
Chicago, Illinois

At the dawn of the 20th century, as the Prairie School set a new direction for American architecture, Jens Jensen forged a similarly bold path in landscape design. As a Chicago Parks superintendent, Jensen incorporated native plants into the design of several city parks on the city's west side. Julia Bachrach, Historian and Preservationist for the Chicago Park District, explores the relationship between Jens Jensen and the Prairie School architects. Presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. To learn more…

Petite Boutique Holiday Market
Thursday, November 12-Saturday, November 14
Oak Park, Illinois

New and improved! A unique marketplace offering only the best gourmet food and custom, handmade items. Sponsored by Marion Street Cheese Market and the Newcomers & Neighbors of OPRF. Hosted by Pleasant Home Foundation. To learn more…

Wright’s Accessible Usonian - The Laurent House in Rockford
Friday, November 13
Rockford, Illinois

Visit the fully restored Laurent House, which Frank Lloyd Wright called "my little gem." He built the Usonian design in 1952 for a disabled war veteran who lived there for the next 60 years. After lunch, stop at Wright's William Pettit Chapel in nearby Belvidere, built in 1906 at the height of his Prairie years. Presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. To learn more…

Preservation Planning Makes Good Economic CENTS
Tuesday, November 17
Chicago, Illinois

Why should we save old buildings? Presenters will provide local, regional and national examples of preservation success stories where historic buildings and neighborhoods are transformed into thriving and vibrant places again, spurring economic development and community revitalization. The presentation will provide insight on the logistics of the project, overall financing structure and incentives used to make the deal happen. To learn more…

Birthday Bash
Tuesday, November 17
Rock Island, Illinois

Everyone is invited to a birthday party! Join the Rock Island Preservation Society and Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum as they celebrate the 100th birthday of the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building, 700 22nd Street, Rock Island, Illinois. The party will begin with a short presentation about the building’s history, architecture, and its adaptive reuse by the Karpeles Manuscript Library. A tour and refreshment-complete with birthday cake-will follow. To learn more…

Working with an Architect/Ask an Architect
Wednesday, November 18
Chicago, Illinois

Many homeowners have questions about how to best evaluate and update these homes to meet their current needs. Join the Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program and the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for a discussion of how working with an architect can help you plan affordable improvements, creatively solve tricky rehab problems, and generally modernize your vintage home while maintaining its unique character. Free. Registration required.

Historic Masonry Workshops
Fall/Winter 2015-2016
December 2, 2015 - February 10, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

Workshop topics include: Introduction to Stone Repair, Intermediate Historic Brickwork, and Terra Cotta Restoration. Presented by Henry Frerk Sons Inc. To learn more…

Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Evanston, Illinois

Join the Evanston History Center (EHC) for an afternoon of holiday cheer at the Dawes House. Explore the majestic lakeside mansion decked out for the holidays, view EHC’s exhibits, and enjoy holiday treats, crafts for kids and live music in the Great Hall. To learn more…

"Sing-Along Messiah" A Second Presbyterian Musical Tradition
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

A free performance at Second Presbyterian Church is one of Chicago's architectural gems. Architect James Renwick designed the Gothic Revival exterior and Howard Van Doren Shaw and Frederic Clay Bartlett redesigned the interior in the Arts and Crafts style. Doors open 45 minutes before concert for optional sanctuary tours. Tickets required. To learn more…