Preservation Snapshots Lectures

Preservation Snapshots is one of Landmarks Illinois’ longest running educational programs. Since 2001, the series has provided 175 lectures on diverse preservation-related topics to our members and the public. Guest speakers have included architects, historians, preservation professionals, planners, authors and architectural historians. Landmarks Illinois has partnered with venues such as Chicago Cultural Center, the Auditorium Theatre and AIA Chicago to bring over 8,000 attendees the opportunity to learn about Illinois’ remarkable past and the community benefits of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and to be inspired to take action in their own communities.

PRESERVATION SNAPSHOTS LECTURE: Economic Development in Illinois’ Commercial Corridors – a Panel Discussion

Landmarks Illinois’ preservation programs are helping people revitalize their historic storefronts, sparking welcomed economic development in our state’s commercial corridors. This panel discussion on November 17, 2022, featured recipients of a Landmarks Illinois loan, grant and preservation award sharing first-hand accounts of restoring commercial spaces inside historic buildings.


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Past Preservation Snapshots Lectures

Preservation Snapshots Lecture: Recent Past Survey of Suburban Cook County

October 20, 2022

Lisa DiChiera, former Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy; Charlie Pipal, Adjunct Professor, Historic Preservation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and ​Sheila Webb, Graduate SAIC Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, look back at the Recent Past Survey of Suburban Cook County. this 16-year surveying effort of non-residential suburban Chicago buildings dating from 1935 to 1975 — a period commonly referred to as the “Recent Past.” Approximately 4,100 commercial, institutional, office and religious structures have been identified in more than 53 suburban communities throughout Cook County, Illinois. The survey was undertaken in coordination with Landmarks Illinois by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Graduate Program in Historic Preservation since 2006.

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