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  Giant City Lodge , Makanda
Giant City Lodge , Makanda, will be featured on the "Unseen South" Tour on Thursday, June 25 (credit: Jean Follett)

2015 Conference on Illinois Main Street and Historic Preservation
June 23-25, 2015
Carbondale, Illinois

This statewide summit is for Illinois Main Street communities, historic preservation commissioners, preservationists, architects, planners, community members, and development professionals. Organized by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Landmarks Illinois, the Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions, and Illinois Main Street in the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, this conference brings together inspiring speakers for four content-driven tours and over a dozen sessions that will present best practices, planning tools, success stories, and how-to’s for preservation-based economic development and community preservation and revitalization. 


Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance

Lodging Information

Refer to the “Main Street” conference when booking your stay.

Conference Lodging


Credit Information

Check the Schedule at a Glance for applicable credits for these sessions or tours:

- A Bite of the Little Apple: Downtown Murphysboro (Tour 1)

- Design Review for Commissions and Design Committees

- Creative Placemaking for Main Street and Historic Downtown Districts

- Taxing Districts Alphabet Soup: BIDs, SSAs, TIFs

- Keeping the Freeze Hot: Promoting the Tax Freeze in Your Community

- Centering on Downtowns: Balance and Authenticity in Comprehensive Planning

- Cheap Rents Aren’t Always Cheap: Thinking Like a Downtown Property Owner

- Legal Issues Update for Commissions and Preservation Advocates

- Green It or Lose It

- New Life for Old Buildings: Marketing & Planning for Adaptive Reuse

- Think Like a Realtor

- Curating an Authentic Downtown Experience

- Local Food System Development: the Economic Potential in Your Community

- Assessing the Heritage Tourism Potential of Your Downtown

- Incentives for Historic Commercial Buildings

- The Unseen South: Giant City Lodge, Makanda, Cobden, and Anna (Tour 2)

- The Campus Special: Historic Downtown Carbondale, Bucky’s Dome,
   and the SIU Campus (Tour 3)


Historic Carbondale

Carbondale, IL


We’ll see you in Carbondale!



Traditional Threshing Barn Reconstruction Seminar
Saturday, February 14, 2015
9:00 A.M. Check-in, 9:30 A.M. – 1:00 p.m. Program
Garfield Farm, Campton Hills, Illinois

To register, contact Leanne Gehrig Administrative and Special Projects Coordinator at (312) 922-1742 or by email.

Accredited by the AIA to offer three (3) HSW continuing education hours.

Presented by Illinois Barn Alliance and Landmarks Illinois in conjunction with the Garfield Farm Museum and Trillium Dell Timberworks.


View the Seminar Flyer for more information.



Realtors’ Historic Preservation Workshop
for North Shore Realtors and Brokerages
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
9:30 A.M. Check-in, 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Program

Wilmette Village Hall, 2nd floor
Village Board Council Chambers
1200 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

For more information and to RSVP, contact: Lisa DiChiera, Director of Advocacy at (312) 922-1742 or by email.


Co-sponsored by the Wilmette Historic Preservation Commission

Realtors’ Historic Preservation Workshop.pdf



Historic Tax Credit Workshops

2014 Summer Schedule


Wednesday, July 30 – Chicago.pdf

Thursday, August 7 – Aurora.pdf

Thursday, August 28 – Rock Island.pdf

Thursday, September 4 – Kankakee.pdf

Wednesday, September 10 – Columbia.pdf

Monday, September 15 – Herrin.pdf

Monday, September 29 – Springfield.pdf

Tuesday, September 30 – Lake Forest.pdf


Workshops are free; reservations required

Call (312) 922-1742 ex 229 to reserve


To continue educating communities about the need for a statewide historic tax credit program, and the benefits of the federal historic tax credit program, Landmarks Illinois is scheduling eight historic tax credit workshops throughout the state this summer. The workshops will highlight the findings of Landmarks Illinois’ state historic tax credit economic study, released in October 2013, which concluded that such a program would pay for itself and create needed jobs.
The state’s existing River’s Edge Historic Tax Credit, available only in 5 cities and due to expire in January, 2017, is not sufficient for attracting investment and creating jobs statewide. The workshops will also highlight projects using the federal historic tax credit and the need to protect this critical program from tax reforms expected to be considered by Congress next year. Check back for more workshop dates and locations soon.
The Historic Tax Credit Workshops are made possible through the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.







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Chicago, IL 60602-3402
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fax 312-922-8112



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