Citywide Adopt-A-Landmark Fund
Updated Dec. 7, 2021
The Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund provides grants to support the restoration of designated landmark buildings and structures throughout Chicago. The funds are generated by downtown construction projects that contribute to the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system.
Properties that qualify for Adopt-a-Landmark grants include individually designated landmarks and contributing buildings in designated landmark districts. Adopt-a-Landmark Fund projects must meet the following conditions:
- Restoration projects must be consistent with Commission on Chicago Landmarks (CCL) standards and guidelines
- Scope of work must involve an exterior renovation that’s visible from the street or interior work that's accessible by the public, and routine maintenance is not eligible
- The CCL must approve the scope of work and associated budget for the restoration project pursuant to its standard review and approval process
Property owners of qualifying landmark buildings were eligible to apply by Aug. 16, 2021. DPD hosted a pre-submission meeting for interested parties on Wednesday, June 16. The meeting's presentation is available for review, and a replay of the event is posted on YouTube.
An initial list of 12 grant recommendations was announced by DPD in November 2021. The finalists include:
Additional details about the selected finalists were presented to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in December 2021. Each project will require additional review and approval by the Permit Review Committee and the full Landmarks Commission, and grant amounts in excess of $250,000 will require approval from City Council. DPD may recommend grant funding for additional applicants from the 2021 application round.
Questions on the application and the submittal process can be directed to Historic Preservation staff at email@example.com.