Preservation Forward


Landmarks Illinois will host its spring fundraising event PRESERVATION FORWARD the evening of March 10, 2022, at the Old Post Office in Chicago. The event will honor 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.


  • 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



Event details


March 10, 2022
5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

5:30 p.m.: Cocktail reception
7 p.m.: Main event*
9 p.m.: After-party

*A virtual livestream of the main event program will be available to view for free to guest who cannot or do not wish to attend.


Old Post Office
433 W. Van Buren St., Chicago


$500 – Includes cocktail reception, main event and after-party

(**please read our vaccination policy below)

$100.00 – For profit rate
$60 – Friends of Landmarks Illinois rate (Friends and Family of Influencers, Landmarks Illinois Members, nonprofits)
$40.00 – Student rate (Student ID must be shown at event.)



Download our Sponsorship Packet to learn about how you can support PRESERVATION FORWARD.

Sponsorship Packet

2022 Landmarks Illinois Influencers

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

2022 INfluencers


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)

See photos of the Old Post Office


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 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.

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