Preservation Chicago’s 2017 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” Announcement Proves A Success

Preservation Chicago revealed its 2017 “Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings” at noon, on March 1, 2017 in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Lecture Hall in the Railway Exchange Building. The announcement was well attended by the media, supporters of Preservation Chicago, and other interested members of the public. Preservation Chicago wishes to again thank our colleagues at CAF for hosting us in their wonderful space!

The 2017 Chicago 7 were well reported in 16 unique news stories across print, radio, and television. Social media was very active during the announcement and in the days and weeks following. The Preservation Chicago twitter account set a new high for the organization by generating 44,000 tweet impressions during the month of March.

The 2017 Chicago 7 list is unusually broad in its scope and has already proven to be timely.  The list includes:

  1. Chicago Union Station Power House
  2. Altgeld Gardens
  3. Chicago’s 20th Century Public Sculptures
  4. Cornell Store & Flats
  5. Chicago Water Cribs
  6. Jackson Park & South Shore Cultural Center Park
  7. Madison-Pulaski Commercial District

Full Chicago 7 write-ups are available on our website.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the printed Chicago 2017 booklet, please email your request to And please be sure to include your mailing address.

Keep an eye out for the original Poster Art for “2017 Chicago 7 Most Endangered” to be available soon on the Preservation Chicago website.

Additional Reading

Preservation group reveals Chicago’s 7 most endangered sites, Chicago Tribune, Leonor Vivanco, 3/1/17

‘7 Most Endangered’ historic places include Obama library site, Chicago Sun-Times, Maudlyne Ihejirika, 3/2/17

Tiger Woods’ course project adjacent to Obama presidential library site encounters obstacles, Golf Digest, John Strege, 3/10/17

Endangered in Chicago: Downtown sculptures, Jackson Park, Crain’s Chicago Business, Alby Gallun, 3/1/17

Water Intake Cribs Makes Preservation Chicago’s 2017 Endangered List, CBS Chicago, Steve Miller, 3/1/17

The 7 most endangered Chicago buildings in 2017, Curbed Chicago, AJ LATRACE, 3/1/17

Chicago’s 7 ‘Most Endangered’ Structures Include Water Cribs, Jackson Park DNAinfo, Alisa Hauser, 3/1/17

Preservation Chicago’s 2017 Chicago 7’s Most Endangered List, Chicago Patterns, Eric Allix Rogers, 3/1/17

See what made Preservation Chicago’s annual list of 7 ‘endangered’ structures, Reader, Deanna Isaacs, 3/2/17

Jackson Park, 20th-century public sculpture show up on Preservation Chicago’s annual Seven Most Endangered Buildings list, Time Out Chicago, Jonathan Samples, 3/1/17

PHOTOS: Group releases list of Chicago’s most endangered buildings, ABC WLS-TV, Anon, 3/1/17

Preservation Group Names 7 Most Endangered Sites In The City, Chicagoist, Lisa White, 3/1/17

Preservation Chicago Names City’s 7 Most Endangered Structures of 2017 Chicago Tonight, Erica Gunderson, WTTW , 3/1/17

Jackson Park makes Preservation Chicago’s Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings List, Hyde Park Herald, Anon, 3/1/17

Obama library site added to list of endangered historical places, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Sarah Schulte, 3/2/17

Major Redevelopments Threaten Two Entrants On Preservation Chicago’s 2017 ‘Chicago 7’ List, Bisnow Chicago, Chuck Sudo,  3/16/17


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