April 2021 Month-in-Review Newsletter


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Table of Contents


  • THREATENED: Thompson Center
  • THREATENED: Lakeview State Bank
  • PARTIAL WIN: Proposed The Obsidian Collection House Museum
  • PARTIAL WIN: Lake Street Schlitz Tied House / La Luce
  • THREATENED: Chicago Union Station Power House


  1. THREATENED: Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: Thompson Center
  2. THREATENED: Jackson Park OPC Construction and New Lawsuit
  3. WIN: Chicago Cultural Center GAR Room and Dome Restoration
  4. WIN: IIT Armour Institute Main Hall
  5. WIN: St. Boniface Church
  6. POTENTIAL WINS: Pioneer Bank and Laramie State Bank
  7. WIN: Jefferson Park Fire Station
  8. WIN: Chicago Workers Cottage Initiative
  9. WIN: Pullman Rowhouses
  10. THREATENED: 25 Catholic Parishes Organize to Protest Closures
  11. THREATENED: Chicago Loop Synagogue
  12. WIN: Minnekirken Adopt-a-Landmark Grant
  13. WIN: Seminary Avenue Victorian House
  14. WIN: Historic Home Will Be Restored After Fire
  15. WIN: Decorative Terra Cotta Façade Saved
  16. LOSS: Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Demolished
  17. IN MEMORIAM: Richard H. Driehaus; Philanthropist and Preservationist
  18. THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay Watch List
  19. LOSS: Spotlight on Demolition (78 demolitions in April 2021)


  • PRINT: Chicago Tribune Editorial: Defending the Lakefront for Centuries of Chicagoans
  • Newcity Editor’s Letter: The Thompson Center
  • Chicago Reader: Altgeld Gardens. Is this library politics?
  • Block Club Chicago: Bishop Louis Henry Ford Saved the Henry B. Clarke House in the 1940s
  • CityLab: How a Plan to Save Buildings Fell Apart


  • Preservation Chicago Welcomes Max Chavez as Director of Research and Special Project
  • Preservation Futures Seeks to Elevate the Social and Cultural History Embedded in Places and Spaces
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s Way Out And About Wright 2021 May 14-16, 2021
  • Docomomo US National Symposium 2021 Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America May 25-28, 2021
  • Vivian Maier: In Color at the Chicago History Museum


  • The Most Endangered Building in Chicago [Thompson Center]: A Video by Stewart Hicks
  • Roseland’s South Michigan Avenue Commercial District: “The Avenue’s” Past, Present and Future
  • Preservation Chicago Virtual Tour of the Arlington Deming Historic District


  • Chicago 7 Video Overview
  • Chicago 7 2021 Full Presentation, February 24, 2021
  • Press and Media Coverage
  1. The Chicago Lakefront
  2. Phyllis Wheatley Home
  3. Cornell Store & Flats Chicago
  4. South Chicago Masonic Temple
  5. West Loop Industrial Lofts
  6. Central Manufacturing District – Original East District
  7. Roman Catholic Churches


  • Chicago 7 Posters and Swag
  • Please Support Preservation Chicago


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