Wins

WIN: Driehaus Foundation Awards “Transformational” $2.3 Million Endowment Grant to Preservation Chicago

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“‘Richard led a life of zest and intellectual curiosity. His path and personal story were larger than life, and the impact he made as an investor is perhaps only rivaled by the extensive legacy he left as a philanthropist,’ said Steve Weber, president Driehaus Capital Management. From preservation...

WIN: 2023 Preservation Excellence Awards from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks

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 2023 Preservation Excellence AwardsThe projects below each received a 2023 Preservation Excellence Award from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2023The 2023 ceremony marked the 24th year the City has issued the awards. Selected by the commission’s Permit Review Committee, the awardees include a variety of...

WIN: Agudas Achim Memorial Window Reunited With Family After Four Generations

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Let’s hang on to what we got; Preservation Chicago works to save Agudas Achim, and more of Chicago’s Jewish heritage, Paul Wieder, Jewish Chicago, 5/25/23

WIN: Multiple 127-Year-Old Stage Backdrops Discovered In The Forum

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Bronzeville’s The Forum Uncovers Century-Old, Hand-Painted Scenic Theater Backdrops; The backdrops date to 1897, when the iconic venue on 43rd Street opened. Owner Bernard Loyd hopes to restore them to their former glory. 'Against all odds, they survived.' Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago, 10/1/23

WIN: Second Presbyterian Church Completes Extensive Restoration of ‘Tree of Life’ Mural and Tiffany Stained-Glass Windows

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Stained-Glass Windows and a Chorus of Painted Angels Glow Again Inside a Chicago Church, Heidi Mitchell, Preservation Magazine, Summer 2023 Historic mural restored at Second Presbyterian Church; After more than 100 years, the vibrancy of the windows and the mural were hidden by dirt, leading supporters of the...

WIN: Restoration of 1954 W. North Avenue Includes the Reconstruction of the Corner Turret Lost in the 1960s

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Construction Continues On 1954 W North Avenue In Wicker Park, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 5/5/23

WIN: New Construction Incorporates Historic Façade at 3731 N. Sheffield Avenue

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City Council Approves Residential Development In Wrigleyville, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 5/1/23

WIN: High Interest Rates Saves Trio of 1880s Rowhouses from Demolition

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Trio of 19th-century Gold Coast row houses get reprieve from demolition, Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/11/23

WIN: Request Denied to Demolish 1530 W. Touhy Avenue for a Parking Lot

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Rogers Park Church’s Plan To Raze Home And Expand Parking Lot Rejected By Alderwoman; Parking has been a problem at St. George’s Cathedral, a hub for the local Assyrian community. But plans to expand its parking lot didn’t pass muster with neighbors, Joe Ward, Block Club Chicago, 12/7/23

WIN: Austin’s Pink House Saved But Some Character Lost in Gut Renovation

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Austin’s Iconic Pink House Is Now Green; The home is going through extensive renovations, which included changing its famous pink interior and exterior, its owners previously said, Trey Arline and Colin Boyle, Block Club Chicago, 3/20/23

WIN: Four Historic Calumet River Bridges to be Restored with Federal Funds

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Aging Southeast Side Bridges Over Calumet River To Be Restored With $144 Million From Feds; Vice President Kamala Harris was in Chicago Wednesday to announce the investment. Aside from bridge fixes, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure will be upgraded, Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago, 1/4/23

WIN: The Iowa Building Restoration Underway

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Hyde Park Stories: The Iowa Building, Patricia L. Morse, Hyde Park Herald, 3/29/23

WIN: Walt Disney’s Childhood Home Hosts Public Tours for the First Time

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Walt Disney’s childhood home in Hermosa opens doors for first public tours, Rebecca Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 10/15/23

WIN: Muddy Waters House Museum Awarded $1.1M Grant

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Muddy Waters house museum gets $1.1M grant, its biggest financial boost yet, Dennis Rodkin, Crain's Chicago Business, 6/8/23 Additional Funding Announced For Muddy Waters Museum In North Kenwood, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 6/14/23 Muddy Waters MOJO Museum gets $1M grant for programming and restoration plans, CBS CHICAGO, 6/7/23

WIN: Nat King Cole Home Renovated

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Music legend Nat King Cole's childhood home in Bronzeville rehabbed, rented, Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 11/28/23 Nat "King" Cole Chicago Tribute on the Historical Marker Database

WIN: Revised Construction Plans Incorporate Dinkel’s Bakery Facade, Neon Sign, and Adjacent Historic Facade

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Dinkel’s Lofts gets revised design at 3327 N. Lincoln; The development will preserve the Dinkel’s facade, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 11/9/23 Dinkel’s Replacement Advances To September’s Zoning Meeting, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 9/3/23

WIN: Class L Approved for LaSalle Street Cable Car Powerhouse Restaurant Redevelopment

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Landmark Tax Incentives Approved For Restaurant Redevelopment In River North, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 6/9/23 One of London’s most famed steakhouses is coming here, Ari Bendersky, Crain’s Chicago Business, 3/23/23

WIN: Class L Tax Incentives Approved for Flatiron Building Renovation

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Tax Incentives Approved For Flatiron Building In Wicker Park, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 11/27/23 Wicker Park’s Flat Iron Arts Building Sells To New Owners For First Time In 3 Decades; The building has long been home to artist studios, performance spaces and other businesses. New owners plan to...

WIN: 165 N. Morgan in Fulton Market to be Adaptively Reused

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Fulton Street Companies signs Heisler Hospitality at 165 N. Morgan; The restaurateurs will open Pizza Lobo in the new space, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 11/1/23

WIN: 1516 W. Carroll Avenue Warehouse to Adaptively Reused as Restaurant and Urban Farm

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Maxwells Trading, From Acclaimed Chef Erling Wu-Bower, Coming To West Loop; The restaurant in the neighborhood’s industrial corridor will feature a rooftop farm and a menu the well-traveled chef and father describes as 'personal cuisine.', Melody Mercado, Block Club Chicago, 11/15/23

WIN: CHA Launches Restore Home to Renovate 36 Small- to Mid-Sized Apartment Buildings

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CHA mounts $50 million program to fix up scattered sites; The agency promises to be “laser focused” over the next 18 months on its vacant single-family homes and smaller apartment buildings, David Roeder, Chicago Sun-Times, 11/27/23 Aldermen Want Meetings With CHA Boss After Investigation Revealed Vacant, Decaying Properties;...

WIN: Former St. Bartholomew School to House Migrants

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Several hundred migrants to be housed at former Saint Bartholomew School and parish convent on Northwest Side, Brian Nadig, Nadig Newspapers, 12/1/23 Migrant shelter at closed St. Bartholomew school expected to open next year, The Portage Park school closed this year and is expected to house up to...

WIN: Permits Issued for Adaptive Reuse of St. James Methodist Church at 4601-4611 S. Ellis

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Permits issued for adaptive reuse at 4601 S. Ellis; The former church will be turned into housing, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 2/25/23

WIN: Former Goldblatt Brothers Building Invest South/West Adaptive Reuse to Anchor Back-of-the-Yards Revitalization at 47th and Ashland

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Massive Back Of The Yards Project Gets $5 Million In TIF Funding; The money will support the $58 million United Yards project, bringing affordable housing, retail and a federally qualified health care center to 47th Street, Madison Savedra, Block Club Chicago, 4/20/23 Back of the Yards project adapts...

POTENTIAL WIN: Developer Proposes Affordable Housing Adaptive Reuse of Art Deco Lincoln Trust & Savings Bank Building

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Community reacts to development at 3950 N. Damen and 3959 N. Lincoln; The historic bank will be rehabbed and a 7-story building will be constructed, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 12/4/23 Overhaul Of Bank Buildings At Damen And Lincoln Would Create Stores And 258 Apartments. Here’s How Neighbors Can...

WIN: Rooftop Addition Adds Density Without Demolition to Fulton Market Loft Buildings

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Developer plans residential addition at 167 N. Racine; The mixed-use building will get eight new apartments, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 9/12/23 Fulton Market Office Building Would Get 2-Story Apartment Addition Under Developer’s Plans; Eight new apartments would be added to a current four-story office building at 159-167 N....

POTENTIAL WIN: After Suspected Arson, 6540 N. Glenwood Could be Redeveloped With Additional Affordable Rental Units

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Rogers Park Building, Damaged In Fire, Could Be Redeveloped With Added Affordable Units; The building was set ablaze by a disgruntled tenant in 2021 and has been vacant since. It could be rehabbed as market-rate apartments with five affordable units added, Charles Thrush, Block Club Chicago, 12/20/23

POTENTIAL WIN: Adaptive Reuse Proposal Received for Pike House/Watchman’s Residence

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Can Beverly’s Pike House Be Saved? Arts Alliance Aims To Turn Historical Site Into Headquarters; The late-19th century home has been vacant for years. The Beverly Area Arts Alliance is working with Pike House Foundation to find money for renovation and turn the building into the arts group's home...

WIN: Adaptive Reuse of Closed Former Emmet Elementary School Receives Funding

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Aspire Center Breaks Ground With Promise Of Bringing Work Training, Business Development To Austin; The center will be at the former Emmet Elementary School, which closed in 2013, and it's expected to be done in 2024, Trey Arline, Block Club Chicago, 5/5/23

WIN: Historic Earle Elementary School to be Adaptively Reused for Affordable Housing

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Plan Commission approves affordable adaptive reuse, The school at 6121 S. Hermitage will be turned into apartments, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 8/25/23

WIN: Proposal to Convert Former Saint Wenceslaus School into Residential Apartments

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Former Saint Wenceslaus School on Chicago’s NW Side to be converted into 28 apartments under new proposal, Brian Nadig, Nadig Newspapers, 10/18/23

WIN: Former Our Lady of Lourdes School to be Adaptively Reused for Residential

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Redevelopment Announced For Lourdes School In Uptown, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 10/23/23

WIN: Galleria 89 Development in South Chicago Combines Adaptive Reuse, Infill and Affordability

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Galleria 89, A Transit-Oriented Development On Commercial Avenue, Moves Forward As City Council Approves Zoning Change; Galleria 89 would bring 58 affordable apartments, several shops and a public plaza to one new building and one existing structure at 89th Street and Commercial Avenue, Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago, 5/25/23

WIN: Little Village Firehouse to be Adaptively Reused for Community Youth Center

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Historic Little Village Fire Station on the Path to Receiving Landmark Status, Becoming Community Hub, Emily Soto, WTTW Chicago, 10/19/23

WIN: Lakeside Theater to Become Performing Arts Center After Extensive Renovation

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CircEsteem’s Uptown Headquarters Gets $5 Million For Renovation With City Council Approval The circus arts nonprofit plans to renovate its Sheridan Road building into a performing arts center. The project required the removal of a popular mural, Joe Ward, Block Club Chicago, 4/19/23

WIN: Lillian Marcie Center for the Performing Art Adaptive Reuse of Bronzeville Marshall Field Warehouse Receives TIF Funding

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Bronzeville’s Palmer Mansion Will Become Obsidian Collection Archive, Coworking For Black Creators; City Council also approved $6 million for the construction of the much-anticipated Lillian Marcie Center for the Performing Arts, Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago, 4/19/23 Bronzeville’s Lillian Marcie Center, A 350-Seat Theater In The Works,...

WIN: Obsidian Collection’s Restoration of the Hammer / Palmer Mansion Regaining Momentum After Two-Year Aldermanic Delay (Chicago 7 2019

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Bronzeville’s Palmer Mansion Will Become Obsidian Collection Archive, Coworking For Black Creators; City Council also approved $6 million for the construction of the much-anticipated Lillian Marcie Center for the Performing Arts, Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago, 4/19/23 Bronzeville’s Obsidian Collection Nears Finish Line As It Goes For City...

WIN: Art Deco Lawson House YMCA Renovation Underway

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Sneak Peek At Lawson House YMCA Renovation, Bringing 400 Apartments To Gold Coast In 2024; The Lawson House will have 409 studios, three dedicated to on-site staff and 406 for low-income renters, Melody Mercado, Block Club Chicago, 3/3/23 Renovation Work In Full Swing For Lawson House Renovation In...

WIN: The Belden-Stratford Reopens After Meticulous Restoration

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At the rehabbed Belden Stratford, it's 1923 all over again, Dennis Rodkin, Crain's Chicago Business, 6/6/23 Renovated Belden-Stratford Opens To Residents In Lincoln Park, Jack Crawford, Chicago YIMBY, 6/9/23

WIN: Chicago Detroit Freedom Trail Gaining Momentum

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Landmarks: A trail that starts in Chicago could ‘connect the dots’ of a powerful episode in African American history, Paul Eisenberg, Daily Southtown, 10/1/23 Vintage Chicago Tribune: An 1874 Chicago reunion of abolitionists hailed the heroics of the Underground Railroad, Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 10/16/22 Underground Railroad Site...

POTENTIAL WIN: Plan to Convert Jackson Park and South Shore Nature Sanctuary into PGA Golf Course ‘Dead in the Water’

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Plans for Tiger Woods golf project near Obama Presidential Center have stalled, but hopes remain for restoration of existing courses; Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune, 9/29/23 Inside and around the Obama Presidential Center as it rises in Jackson Park, Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/7/23 Obama Foundation Backs Away...

POTENTIAL WIN: OPC Lawsuit Challenges Precedent Set by Transferring Public Parkland for Private Use

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Park advocates make another legal argument against Obama Presidential Center even as construction continues, A.D. Quig, Chicago Tribune, 10/24/23 Protect Our Parks Website - Keeping Chicago’s Parks Open, Clear, & Free

POTENTIAL WIN: Our Lady of Victory Church Parishioners Challenge Closure in Vatican Court and Win! (Chicago 7 2021)

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Victory — for now — at Northwest Side church after Vatican appeal; Parishioners were upset when the archdiocese decreed in 2022 that Our Lady of Victory would be deconsecrated and ‘relegated to profane use,’ but the Vatican took their side, Catherine Odom, Chicago Sun-Times, 4/24/23 Our Lady Of...

WIN: After 40 Years, Union Station’s Clinton Street Entrance Reopens through former Fred Harvey Restaurant Space (Chicago 7 2018)

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New Union Station entrance opens on Clinton Street; Amtrak plans to open a food court near the new entrance. The food hall project was delayed by COVID-19, Phyllis Cha, Chicago Sun-Times, 9/25/23 Clinton Street Entrance Reopens At Union Station, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 9/27/23 Amtrak moving forward with...

WIN: Turn of the Century Loft Building at 153 W. Ohio to Be Converted to Residential

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Residential Conversion Proposed For 153 W Ohio Street In River North, Ian Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 1/25/23 Developer plans residential conversion at 153 W. Ohio; The five story building will get 35 units, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 1/18/23

WIN: Chicago Landmark W.M. Hoyt Building Adaptive Reuse Moving Forward

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Chinatown warehouse slated for redevelopment into four-star hotel with offices, retail, Brian J. Rogal, Chicago Tribune, 9/7/23 Class L incentive approved for redevelopment of Hoyt Building; The historic building at 465 W. Cermak will be adaptively reused, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 9/18/23 PRC approves redevelopment of Hoyt Building;...

WIN: Winning Adaptive Reuse Selected for McKinley Park Pershing Road CMD Warehouse Building (Chicago 7 2014 & 2020)

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Apartments, Grocery Store Coming To City-Owned Warehouse In McKinley Park; The $121 million project aims to bring 120 apartments, a grocery store and office space to the Quartermaster Depot site, Madison Savedra, Block Club Chicago, 9/12/23 Chicago developer picked to revamp big McKinley Park warehouse, Danny Ecker, Crain’s...

WIN: Marshall Field’s Warehouse / Former Olson Brothers Rug Factory to Anchor Film Sound Studio

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Big studio campus on Northwest Side set to open in early 2024, Alby Gallun, Crain's Chicago Business, 5/22/23 Film Studio With 9 Sound Stages To Open Next Year At The Fields Campus On Logan Square-Avondale Border; Some leaders are concerned the studio will accelerate displacement in the gentrifying...

POTENTIAL WIN: City Seeks Developer for Landmarked Stock Yards Bank

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City again asking for offers on historic Stock Yards Bank building, Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 11/29/23 Iconic Stock Yards Bank Building Is For Sale; The building, once the cornerstone for the city’s meatpacking industry, has been vacant for 50 years. The city is asking $1.9 million, Madison...