The Historic Preservation Division staffs the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and reviews all permit applications for work involving designated and proposed Chicago landmarks and landmark districts. The reviews ensure that proposed projects will not adversely affect the significant historical or architectural features of Chicago landmarks or landmark districts.
The Landmarks Commission encourages applicants to seek its advice and guidance before filing a permit application. A pre-permit submission can clarify landmark requirements and help expedite the commission’s review during the application process. While staff can provide direction on most projects, some types of proposed work are reviewed by the commission at a public meeting, such as new infill construction and addition projects and demolitions requiring City Council review.
Historic Preservation staff is available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
For more detailed information, contact the Historic Preservation Division.
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Guidelines for Alterations to Historic Buildings and New Construction (adopted by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks March 4, 1992) (PDF)
Fulton-Randolph Market District Design Guidelines [Draft rev. 11/05/15] (PDF)
Historic Michigan Boulevard District Design Guidelines [Rev. 02/04/16] (PDF)
Planning, Design & Historic Preservation Division
Department of Planning and
121 N. La Salle St. #1000
Chicago, IL 60602