Inspired by the success of Open House Chicago, the Elgin Area Chamber and the Elgin Development Group launched Open Elgin in 2017. Open Elgin returns for its third installment on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The one-afternoon-only event is manageable in scale, featuring just 27 sites largely clustered around Elgin’s charming, historic, and walkable downtown.
Thompson Center [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]
Preservation Chicago released its annual Chicago 7 Most Endangered list today. Predictably, some long-simmering and contentious preservation fights made repeat appearances. The spaceship-like Thompson Center, now all but certain to be sold by the State of Illinois, once again makes the cut. This landmark of postmodernism faces an uncertain future regardless of ownership, but a sale might clear the way for demolition and replacement.
Gary State Bank Building [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]
Lace up your closed-toed shoes and get ready for the second Gary Preservation Tour! After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the event will take place on two dates this year: this coming Saturday, June 30th (your editor humbly apologizes for the short notice) and again on Saturday, July 14th.
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.