Citywide Adopt-A-Landmark Fund

Updated May 2, 2019

The Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund allocates funding generated by downtown construction projects to support restoration of buildings that have been individually designated as a Chicago Landmark, or a contributing building in a designated landmark district, excluding single-family homes and residential buildings of six units or less.

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The City acquires the funds through the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus, in which developers pay a voluntary fee to achieve increased density within the downtown zoning district. Ten percent of that money goes to this fund.

Project Eligibility

Adopt-a-Landmark projects must meet the following conditions:

  • Restoration project must be consistent with Commission standards and guidelines
  • Scope of work and budget must be pre-approved
  • Scope of work must be substantial interior or exterior renovation work that is visible from a public street or within a portion of the interior that is open to the public. This work must exceed normal maintenance.

Priority is given to projects that address exterior envelope issues. Additional funding priorities established by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) are outlined in the application. Projects that require a grant of more than $250,000 must be approved by City Council. The ordinance requires DPD post an annual report detailing the receipt and expenditure of funds. The report for 2017 is available now, and a 2018 report will be available in May 2019.

Applicants may now apply for Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund grants worth $30,000 or more on uncompleted projects.

The application is available for download at this link.

Application Dates

2019 Application Round

Potential Funding

Application Deadline

Uncompleted Projects $30K+
Prioritizing grant requests of $250,000 or less

July 1, 2019

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