August 2020 Month-in-Review Newsletter


Table of Contents


  1. WIN: Emmett Till Home Designated Preliminary Chicago Landmark
  2. THREATENED: Second Church Threatened by New Construction (Chicago 7 2019)
  3. THREATENED: Rear Brick Walls of Pilgrim Baptist Church Collapse (Chicago 7 2007)
  4. THREATENED: Court Rules against Public Citizens in Jackson Park Public Land Use Case
  5. (Chicago 7 2017 2018, 2109, & 2020)
  6. THREATENED: Asphalt Plant’s Pollution Blocks CMD Adaptive Reuse (Chicago 7 2014 & 2020
  7. WIN: Chicago Launches $750 million Invest South/West Initiative to Revitalize Disinvested Communities
  8. WIN: New Chicago Program to Stabilize Distressed Housing Stock
  9. THREATENED: Palmer House Receives Foreclosure Suit
  10. THREATENED: Congress Theater Restoration Plan Hit with Foreclosure
  11. THREATENED: Chicago Landmark Leiter II Building Heads Into Foreclosure
  12. WIN: The Forum Completes New Roof Installation With Grant From African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
  13. WIN: Daniel O. Hill House to Be Adaptively Reused
  14. THREATENED: Francis Parker School Consolidates Control Over Belden Buildings
  15. WIN: Givins Beverly Castle Restoration Underway
  16. THREATENED: 125 W. Maple Threatened by Proposed High-Rise New Construction
  17. WIN: Former Logan Square Synagogue Adaptively Reused as Residential Apartments
  18. WIN: Historic Little Village Corner Building to be Redeveloped into Coworking Space
  19. WIN: A Look at the Spectacular Penthouses inside the Chicago Tribune Tower
  20. BUYER WANTED: 4706 Malden Needs a Preservation-Oriented Buyer!
  21. BUYER WANTED: 4607 N. Magnolia Avenue Needs a Preservation-Oriented Buyer
  22. THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay
  23. LOSS: Spotlight on Demolition (51 demolitions in Chicago in August)


  • PRINT: Chicago Tribune Editorial: Cure for the Chicago Blues: Save Muddy Waters’ House
  • PRINT: Chicago Tribune: Harry Caray’s is Haunted by Chicago’s Past
  • PRINT: Chicago Reader: Chicago at the turn of the century through the eyes of Rudolph F. Michaelis
  • PRINT: Anna Baird: Early 20th Century Developer and Builder of High-Grade Apartments in Chicago
  • PRINT: Crain’s Chicago: New Book Explores Chicago’s Best Modernist Homes, ‘Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975’
  • PRINT: Chicago Magazine: Walking Chicago With Robert Loerzel. A new book offers guides to 35 urban trails around the city.
  • PRINT: Metropolitan Planning Council: It’s time to get serious about preserving Chicago’s two- to four-unit apartment buildings
  • PRINT: Chicago Tribune Humor Column: The giant green frog from Chicago’s Rainforest Cafe must be preserved. Maybe it can help fight coronavirus?


  • Preservation Chicago presents Chicago’s Historic Preservation Marathon!
  • Chicago Art Deco Society presents Monuments of Art Deco: Touring the Modern Argentinian Designs of Francisco Salamone
  • Biketropolis and Arcadia Publishing Announce Chicago’s Mansions Self-Guided Cycling Tour – North Side Edition
  • Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929–75: A new book by Susan Benjamin and Michelangelo Sabatino


  • Help Restore Louis Sullivan’s Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Support Glessner House & Receive William Morris Face Mask
  • Support “Saving the Sacred” Film
  • Minnekirken GoFundMe Campaign
  • Raise the Roof! Fund The Forum! Campaign


  • Chicago 7 Posters and Swag Now on Sale
  • (and last but not least) Support Preservation Chicago!


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