Citywide Adopt-A-Landmark Fund

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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 in certain downtown districts. Ten percent of that money goes to this fund.

Project Eligibility

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. An annual report from DPD will be posted on this website detailing the receipt and expenditures of funds. 

Applicants may apply for Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund grants:

  • Uncompleted Projects $30,000 or Over
  • Completed Projects up to $30,000 (not available in 2017)

Application Dates

Deadline date and total potential funding amount are identified below. See the Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund application for details on submission requirements and review process.

 Adopt-a-Landmark Fund 

Round 1

Potential Funding*

Application Deadline

Uncompleted Projects $30K+
Up to $1 million

August 15, 2017

 * Depending on bonus payment amounts deposited into the Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund in 2017

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