Preservation Forward

2024 Preservation Forward

Landmarks Illinois held its 2024 Preservation Forward event on February 29, 2024, at The Old Post Office in Chicago. Approximately 730 guests joined us in honoring our 2024 Landmarks Illinois Influencers. The annual fundraiser raised approximately $600,000 for Landmarks Illinois’ mission-driven work helping people save places. Thank you to all our supporters and donors who helped make the event a success! See photos from the event below.

2024 Preservation Forward Photos

Watch our video!

Learn about our 2024 Landmarks Illinois Influencers in this short video, which debuted at the event. Video produced by Chris Pagnozzi at Lone Ghost Media.

2024 Landmarks Illinois Influencers

Click below to learn more about this year’s honorees.

Learn about our Influencers

Discover The Old Post Office

A major draw of Preservation Forward is the event’s venue —The Old Post Office — which provides an impressive and stunning backdrop for the already exciting evening. Built in 1921 and expanded in 1934, the former post office is one of the largest and most visible buildings in Chicago’s Loop. After the United States Postal Service moved out in 1996, the post office long sat empty, unused and deteriorating. Landmarks Illinois included the building on its 1997 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois list and continued to advocate for its reuse for the next two decades. A massive rehabilitation of the structure beginning in 2018 has transformed the 13-story, 2.5-million-square-foot Art Deco building into an extraordinary event venue that also provides retail and office space.

The Old Post Office remains one of the city’s most spectacular buildings. Today it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Chicago Landmark. Guests of Preservation Forward will have the opportunity to experience multiple spaces inside the historic site: from the fully restored lobby and grand hall featuring century-old original fixtures, white marble and gold glass mosaics, to the new food hall and second-floor Telegram Lounge. Click below to learn more about The Old Post Office and Landmarks Illinois’ sustained advocacy for the building.

Learn more about The Old Post Office

Learn about last year's event!

More than 700 guests attended the 2023 Preservation Forward event on March 2, 2023, and helped raise $730,000 for Landmarks Illinois’ mission-driven work. The event featured a cocktail hour, a main program honoring the 2023 Landmarks Illinois Influencers, signature dishes from multiple food stations, networking and an after-party.

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