The monthly Landmarks Illinois News Roundup keeps you in the loop on the latest preservation news stories from the month as well as Landmarks Illinois’ main advocacy efforts, projects and announcements. You can also receive these monthly news roundups directly in your inbox by signing up for our newsletters at the bottom of the page.
Landmarks Illinois awards grant funding to preservation projects in Chicago, Effingham & Springfield
Earlier this month, Landmarks Illinois announced it awarded $16,500 in matching grant funds to four preservation projects across the state through its Preservation Heritage Fund and Timuel D. Black Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side grant programs.
PRESERVATION HERITAGE FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS
- First Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chicago: $5,000 to install a new boiler at the 1888 church on Chicago’s Near West Side.
- Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum, Effingham: $4,000 to paint the exterior of the former Effingham County Courthouse, an 1872 structure used today to exhibit local historic artifacts.
- Preservation, Inc., Springfield: $5,000 to help stabilize the Ursula Hall Music Conservancy (pictured), a 1908 building the nonprofit plans to rehabilitate into a community center.
TIMUEL D. BLACK, JR. GRANT FUND FOR CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE RECIPIENT
- Pullman Civic Organization, Chicago: $2,500 to aid in documenting historic residential building façades in the northern portions of the Pullman Historic District.
Read more in the news:
Landmarks Illinois awards grant funding to preservation projects in Chicago, Effingham and Springfield
Chicago Construction News, March 9
Landmarks Illinois awards grant for Effingham County Museum
Effingham Daily News, March 8
Grant application deadline: April 15
Grant applications for Landmarks Illinois’ three grant programs are due April 15! Visit our website to see if your historic preservation project qualifies for funding and learn how to submit a grant application!
PRESERVATION HERITAGE GRANT FUND
Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. The Preservation Heritage Fund was established in 2004. LEARN MORE
BARBARA C. AND THOMAS E. DONNELLEY II PRESERVATION FUND FOR ILLINOIS GRANT PROGRAM
The Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois provides monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures and sites in Illinois. Eligible beneficiaries include significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. LEARN MORE
TIMUEL D. BLACK, JR., GRANT FUND FOR CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE
Our newest grant fund launched in May 2020 in honor of acclaimed historian and civil rights activist, Timuel D. Black, Jr. The fund recognizes the deep and sustained influence Chicago’s South Side has had on Mr. Black’s life, as well as the lives of countless others historically and today. LEARN MORELandmarks Illinois Grants
2022 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois Announcement: April 20
Landmarks Illinois will announce the 2022 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois at a live, virtual press conference. The free presentation is open to the public and press and will include information on each of the sites included on our 2022 Most Endangered list and a Q& A section!
Wednesday, April 20
Free to attend.
Guests will receive a custom Zoom link to join the webinar.
ABOUT THE ‘MOST ENDANGERED’ PROGRAM
The annual Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois brings attention to historically and culturally significant places in Illinois threatened by deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds or inappropriate development. The advocacy program, which began in 1995, helps bolster local advocacy efforts and builds support for the endangered sites’ eventual preservation. Learn more about the program.
(Pictured: Landmarks Illinois’ Skyline Council joined People for Community Recovery in February to heart bomb the 2021 Most Endangered site, the Shop Building, known locally as “Up Top,” at Altgeld Gardens. Credit: Lewis Purdy.)Register!
Skyline Council Two Nights of Trivia: April 11 & 13
Landmarks Illinois’ young & emerging professionals committee hosts Two Nights of Trivia at Revolution Brewpub in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Teams of six will test their knowledge in architecture, history, geography, sports, pop culture, Landmarks Illinois’ Most Endangered Historic Places list and more. Those who register as an individual player will be placed on a team of six. Prizes will be given to teams that take first, second and third places!
Monday, April 11
Wednesday, April 13
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Individual player – $60
Team of six – $360
PRESERVATION FORWARD event celebrates 2022 Landmarks Illinois Influencers
More than 600 people joined us at the Old Post Office in Chicago for our PRESERVATION FORWARD fundraising event March 10. Guests helped us raise $740,000, which will go directly toward funding Landmarks Illinois’ advocacy work. Thank you to everyone who came to the celebration honoring our inspiring 2022 Landmarks Illinois Influencers (pictured above)!
Check out photos from the event below! You can also click here watch all the videos from the event at our YouTube channel.Event Photos
Additional Landmarks Illinois news
- On March 11, Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy Lisa DiChiera visited Greenstone United Methodist Church in the Pullman Historic District in Chicago with Robin Whitehurst and Kara Johnston of Bailey Edward, which is providing a pro bono space planning analysis for the 1882 church’s parsonage. Landmarks Illinois awarded the church a grant through our Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side in 2021. See pictures and learn more about Lisa’s visit here.
- Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy Lisa DiChiera was also on Illinois Public Media’s The 21st Show this month to discuss the Midcentury Modern John Schmidtke home in Elgin, which is being offered for free to someone who can move it to another location. The home faces demolition if not relocated. You can also catch Lisa on CBS talking about the house earlier this month.
- Earlier this month, Landmarks Illinois and the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway sent a joint letter to the Illinois Congressional Delegation in support of H.R. 3600, the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act. The letter, co-signed by more than 60 city officials along Route 66 and/or state and nonprofit organizations, states designating Route 66 as a National Historic Trail will “help preserve and promote the road itself as well as increase economic development opportunities for the communities that have long supported its cultural heritage, intrinsic qualities and idiosyncratic character.” H.R. 3600 is sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood of Illinois. Read the full letter here.