Gary Preservation Tour 2018 needs your support

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Gary Union Station [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Gary Union Station [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

After a successful debut in 2017, the effort to crowdfund a 2018 Gary Preservation Tour has begun. Organizers intend to repeat open house-style access to a number of downtown Gary’s most notable buildings, while also expanding tours into two of the city’s distinctive residential neighborhoods, Horace Mann and Morningside.

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Preservation Chicago’s 2018 “Chicago 7” Most Endanged list released

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Jackson Park [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Jackson Park [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

At noon on Wednesday, February 28, Preservation Chicago released its annual Chicago 7 list of most endangered buildings. Each year for the past 15 years, the local historic preservation advocacy organization has used this list to draw the public’s attention to threatened elements of Chicago’s built environment. Whether they face specific and urgent threats, or longer-term and more diffuse ones, failing to preserve these places would erase important parts of Chicago’s history and harm the distinctive and celebrated built environment of the city.

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Why save the South Shore Nature Sanctuary?

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South Shore Nature Sanctuary [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

South Shore Nature Sanctuary [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Every inch of Chicago’s lakefront has been shaped by human hands. Transforming a swampy scrub into terrain suitable for a major metropolis is no small project, and the contours of the shore have been aggressively adjusted to make space. Continue reading »


154 W. Superior St.

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154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Very few vintage row homes persist in the condo canyons of River North, but this holdout from 1888 at 154 W. Superior will get a new lease on life. A stubborn owner stood his ground while the world changed around him, but passed away in 2015. Despite being marketed as a redevelopment opportunity, the purchaser of the house will gut-rehab it for use as offices – preserving one of the neighborhood’s last links to its early history.

154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]