October 2020 Month-in-Review Newsletter


“The latest incarnation of the Batman franchise, called fittingly enough ‘The Batman,’ is in Chicago shooting exterior scenes. Crew members were spotted doing prep work in the Loop near the Thompson Center, where overnight action scenes — involving motorcycles — were rehearsed. Gotham police cars were spotted in the Loop and posted on social media Friday, as well as tattered flyers for a Gotham music festival.” (Metz, 10/17/20)

‘The Batman’ movie films in the Loop during the weekend, Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 10/17/20

‘The Batman’ is Filming Around Town as Chicago Returns to the Role of Gotham City, Patty Wetli, WTTW Chicago, 10/19/20 (with photos and video)

Table of Contents

  1. Open Call for Chicago 7 2021 Nominations
  2. WIN: St. Adalbert
  3. WIN: St. Adalbert Tribune Column
  4. WIN: Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley Home
  5. THREATENED: North Lake Shore Drive
  6. THREATENED: Preston Bradley Center
  7. THREATENED: Lofts Buildings on former Moody Bible Property
  8. WIN: Clarendon Park Field House
  9. THREATENED: Six Corners Sears Store
  10. THREATENED: Chicago Harbor Lighthouse
  11. WIN: Grace’s Furniture Building
  12. THREATENED: Three Lawndale Schools
  13. WIN: Woods Academy Building
  14. WIN: Ravenswood Loft Building
  15. THREATENED: Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church
  16. WIN: Drexel Boulevard Improvements
  17. WIN: Daniel O. Hill House
  18. WIN: Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park
  19. LOSS: Wicker Park Worker’s Cottage Collapses
  20. LOSS: New Life Church Demolition
  21. LOSS: Belmont Snack Shop Fire
  22. LOSS: Iconic Art Deco R.V. Kunka Drug Store Sign
  23. WIN: Goose Island Brewery Vintage CTA Bus Beer Tasting Room
  24. BUYER WANTED: 6500 S. Eberhart Needs a Preservation-Oriented Buyer
  25. BUYER WANTED: 4706 Malden Needs a Preservation-Oriented Buyer!
  26. THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay
  27. LOSS: Spotlight on Demolition (70 demolitions in Chicago during October 2020)
  28. THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay
  29. LOSS: Spotlight on Demolition (70 demolitions in Chicago during October 2020)


  • PANEL: Preserving the Past, Fortifying the Future: The Economic Case for Historic Preservation presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • PRINT: A Response to “Historic Preservation is Great, Except When it Isn’t” by Donovan Rypkema
  • DOCUMENTARY: WTTW Chicago, The Great Chicago Fire: A Chicago Stories Special
  • VIDEO: WTTW Chicago: Ask Geoffrey: Landmarking in Chicago
  • VIDEO: Pullman, 10 Towns That Changed America with Geoffrey Baer on WTTW Chicago
  • PRINT: The Importance of the Rosenwald Schools Interview with Brent Leggs, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Executive Director
  • PRINT: Preservation Magazine: A Historic Baltimore Lithography Factory Undergoes an Industrial Evolution


  • Preservation Chicago Welcomes Max Chavez for the National Trust Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship Internship
  • Saving Wright Now. FLWC Virtual Conference 2020, November 11-14
  • Mary Lu Seidel’s Preservation Chicago’s Historic Marathon Proves a Great Success!
  • Preservation Chicago’s Investment Through Preservation In Roseland Open House Chicago Panel Discussion a Success
  • Chicago Detours presents “Chicago Architecture Crash Course” 12-Week Series
  • Logan Square Preservation Launches Self-Guided Online Virtual Neighborhood Tour
  • Carl Smith Lecture on Chicago’s Great Fire
  • From the Chicago World’s Fair to Milwaukee’s Blatz Brewer Podcast


  • Preservation Chicago 7 Most Endangered Book On Sale
  • Roseland’s South Michigan Avenue Commercial District: “The Avenue’s” Past, Present and Future.
  • Preservation Chicago Tours the Arlington Deming Historic District.
  • Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece
  • The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz
  • Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City
  • Chicago Apartments: A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury
  • Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929–75
  • Walking Chicago: 35 Tours of the Windy City Dynamic Neighborhoods and Famous Lakeshore
  • Chicago’s Mansions Self-Guided Cycling Tour – North Side Edition


  • Support the Central Park Theatre Restoration
  • Raise It Up! Campaign for South Side Community Art Center
  • Sign the Petition to Support the Adaptive Reuse The Jefferson Park Firehouse
  • Save the Castle! Help Restore The Givins Beverly Castle
  • Help Restore Louis Sullivan’s Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Support Glessner House & Receive William Morris Face Mask
  • Raise the Roof! Fund The Forum! Campaign


  • Chicago 7 Posters and Swag
  • (and last but not least) Please Support Preservation Chicago!


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