Preservation Forward

2022 PRESERVATION FORWARD

Landmarks Illinois hosted its spring fundraising event PRESERVATION FORWARD the evening of March 10, 2022, at the Old Post Office in Chicago. More than 600 people attended and helped raise $616,000, which will go directly toward funding Landmarks Illinois’ advocacy work. A shoutout to our Sustainability Circle Sponsors: Jean Follett and Doug Thompson, TAWANI Property Management and the Van Dam Charitable Foundation.

If you missed your chance to give during last week’s event or could not attend and still want to make a donation, click the Donate button below to make a gift!

PRESERVATION FORWARD honored the 2022 Landmarks Illinois Influencers, a group of seven women honorees who have shaped Illinois’ built environment and, who through their work, are joining Landmarks Illinois in its progressive effort to create a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible preservation movement.

2022 LANDMARKS ILLINOIS INFLUENCERS:

  • Mariah DiGrino, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Eleanor Gorski, Executive Director, Cook County Land Bank Authority
  • Tiara Hughes, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, Senior Urban Designer and Project Manager, SOM
  • Cheryl Johnson, Executive Director, People for Community Recovery
  • Tonika Lewis Johnson, Social Justice Artist
  • Stacey Pfingsten, Executive Vice President, American Institute of Architects Illinois
  • Alicia Ponce, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Founding Principal, AP Monarch

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2022 INFLUENCERS

 

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2022 Landmarks Illinois Influencers

Learn more about our seven 2022 Landmarks Illinois Influencers who will be honored at PRESERATION FORWARD!

2022 INfluencers

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OLD POST OFFICE

The Old Main Post Office is one of the most visible buildings in the Chicago Loop and serves as a physical gateway to downtown for thousands of travelers each day. Built in 1921 and expanded in 1934, it was designed by one of Chicago’s best known architecture firms, Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. The massive limestone façade is a mammoth example of the Classic Art Deco style, and the main lobby features lavish details like white marble and gold glass mosaics. Touted as the largest post office in the world, the complex was capable of moving 19 million letters in a single day. With 13 floors and 2.5 million square feet, the Old Main Post Office is truly one of Chicago’s most epic buildings.

In 1996, the United States Postal Service shut down operations at the Old Main Post Office in favor of a new facility across the street that would more easily accommodate new sorting technology. Concerned about the fate of the iconic structure, Landmarks Illinois included the Old Main Post Office in our 1997 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois list. In 2001, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to learn more about the history of the building and Landmarks Illinois’ decades of advocacy work to help find a preservation reuse for the structure. (Photos Credit Ken DeMuth)

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**LANDMARKS ILLINOIS VACCINATION POLICY FOR ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS

For the health and safety of all participants, Landmarks Illinois will require proof of vaccination to participate in all Landmarks Illinois in-person events. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, an official immunization record from the location where the vaccine was administered or a digital or physical photo of such a card or record, reflecting your name, vaccine brand and date the vaccine was administered. Attendees will be required to show this documentation along with a government-issued ID upon check-in at the event. Please do not send this information in advance. In addition, attendees will be required to wear masks at all times while indoors when not eating or drinking.

Individuals who are unable to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination because of a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Frank Butterfield, Landmarks Illinois Chief Operating Officer, at fbutterfield@landmarks.org. In such instances, Landmarks Illinois will have a discussion with you to see if a reasonable accommodation is possible that would not create an undue hardship on the organization or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other event attendees.

By participating in a Landmarks Illinois’ in-person event, attendees agree to comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and acknowledge that Landmarks Illinois cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected with COVID-19 as a result of attending the event.

For Registered Guests: Event logistics & details

EVENT TIMELINE

  • 5:30 pm: Cocktail Reception – Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres
  • 7 pm: Main Event – Awards ceremony, interactive food stations and entertainment
  • 9 pm: After-Party – Entertainment, dessert and late-night snacks

PRESERVATION FORWARD is a party! Look forward to a shortened program with entertainment, an abundance of food and plenty of time for networking. Because there is no sit-down dinner at this event, there will not be seating for the entire crowd. If you need a spot to sit the entire night, please email events@landmarks.org or inform staff at registration.

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Cocktail attire

LANDMARKS ILLINOIS MASK & VACCINATION POLICY

For the health and safety of all participants, Landmarks Illinois requires proof of vaccination for entry to the event.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, an official immunization record from the location where the vaccine was administered or a digital photo on your mobile device or physical photo of such a card or record, reflecting your name, vaccine brand and date the vaccine was administered. Fully-vaccinated is considered a two-dose series with an approved COVID-19 vaccine of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Attendees will be required to show this documentation along with a government-issued ID upon entry to the event. Please do not send this information in advance.

In addition, attendees will be required to wear masks at all times while indoors when not eating or drinking.

ARRIVAL, TRANSIT & PARKING

If ride-sharing or taking public transit to event, please enter the Old Post Office lobby at 433 W. Van Buren. Guest registry will be inside to the left.

If driving, the Old Post Office has an on-site indoor parking garage off of Harrison Street, 404 W. Harrison. To learn more and obtain directions click OPO Accessibility. After parking your vehicle, please locate the Visitor/Tenant Entrance signage, which will lead you to the Historic Lobby of the Old Post Office where the event is taking place. The cost to park, depending on length of stay, will be $15-$20. There is no valet parking available.

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