The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has preliminarily selected 12 projects to receive Adopt-A-Landmark grants for their rehabilitation. Valued at more than $4.3 million, the tentative grant awards are the largest to be allocated in support of planned restoration projects since the Adopt-A-Landmark program began in 2016. The program is financed by downtown construction projects that contribute to the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund system in exchange for FAR bonuses and zoning changes. Individual landmarks and landmark district buildings are eligible for the award on an annual basis.

This year’s awardees include: 

  • Greenstone United Methodist Church in the Pullman District, 11211 S. St. Lawrence Ave., Pullman — $1.08 million
  • Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave., Grand Boulevard — $900,000
  • Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., Near South Side — $250,000
  • Muddy Waters House, 4339 S. Lake Park Ave., Kenwood — $250,000
  • Gunnison Street Lofts in the Uptown Square District, 1215 W. Gunnison St., Uptown — $250,000
  • Stone Temple Baptist Church, 3622 W. Douglas Blvd., North Lawndale — $250,000
  • K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple, 5039 S. Greenwood Ave., Kenwood — $250,000
  • 6901 S. Oglesby Cooperative Apartment Building, South Shore — $249,999
  • Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley House, 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave., Woodlawn — $249,541
  • Pentecostal Church of Holiness, 4208 W. 15th St., North Lawndale — $248,000
  • Former Schlitz Brewery-Tied House, 9401 S. Ewing Ave., East Side — 243,260
  • John J. Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., Near South Side — $100,000 

Former Schlitz Brewery-Tied House at 9401 S Ewing AvenueCommission on Chicago Landmarks/DPD

Additional details about each grant finalist will be posted on the DPD website after they are presented at the Landmarks Commission’s December meeting. The projects will require further review and approval by the Permit Review Committee and the full Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Grants that exceed $250,000 will also require review and approval by the full City Council. 

The 12 projects were selected from 16 applications received by DPD staff over this past summer. According to DPD, awards were determined based on project viability, neighborhood needs, project scope, and other factors. Additional grant applications received this summer remain under consideration by DPD staff.