Mark your calendars for upcoming Preservation Chicago Events

  • August 10 Woodlawn Walk (SOLD OUT)
  • August 11 Record Row Tour
  • August 17 Chicago 7 Bus Tour
  • August 24 Roseland Historic Property Survey

Preservation Chicago Woodlawn/Jackson Park Historic Walking Tour
Saturday, August 10
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join Woodlawn historic Mike Medina and Preservation Chicago’s Ward Miller on a historic walking tour of the Woodlawn and Jackson Park.
Free Tickets – SOLD OUT
Preservation Chicago does having a waiting list for this tour in the event any registered participants cannot attend. Email Mary Lu Seidel if you would like to be added to that waiting list –

Record Row Tour
Sunday, August 11
3 to 6 p.m.

This tour will share some insight and discuss the music history during the 1950s and 1960s in Chicago which was a major influence in the development of rock and roll, R&B and soul music. Originally located on South Cottage Grove, Chicago’s Record Row was relocated to South Michigan in the 1950s where record labels and up to 21 record distributors where located and up to half a dozen independent recording studios included companies such as Chess Recording (founded as Aristocrat in 1947), Chance (1950), United (1952), and Vee-Jay (1953), who helped to spread urban blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music popularity nationally and internationally.

Chicago’s Record Row also became the production, distribution and marketing center for a new sound and style of music. One notable studio, now a museum, included Chess Records which created a unique sound of recording called the “Chess Sound.” Recording artist such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers produced a number of hits. Other artists were the great Etta James, Willie Dixon and The Rolling Stones.

The tour will also discuss other early independent recording studios and record distributors and share some of the stories on how they influenced the music industry and in some ways provided an avenue for Black professionals to emerge within the industry and a segregated society.

Tour guide Edward Torrez is an architect and president at Bauer Latoza Studio Ltd., located in Chicago and has been specializing in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and urban planning projects in Indiana, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Illinois for almost 30 years. Coincidently, his firm restored the site of Chess Records (now Blues Heaven Foundation) over 20 years ago. Ed also studied music and is a professional musician having toured and performed in numerous venues both locally and nationally.

Email Mary Lu Seidel if you would like to attend –

Roseland Historic Property Survey
Saturday, August 24

Roseland’s incredible history has been slowly erased by demolition, deterioration and fire. Join us on August 24 as we organize to change that.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting off at The Ware Ranch at 11147 S. Michigan Avenue.

We will survey properties along Michigan Avenue, State Street and Indiana Avenue between 103rd Street and 116th Street.

Volunteers need a smartphone to download the  surveying app for quick and easy surveying.

It is important that you register for this event so:
1. We know how much food to order; and
2. We can send you the invitation to register as a surveyor and  download the Loveland app to your smartphone.

You can make a difference in Roseland. We hope to see you on August 24!

For more information, please contact Andrea Reed at 773-785-4000 or Mary Lu Seidel at 224-622-1375.


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