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Chicago’s most endangered buildings of 2019

The Laramie State Bank Building at 5200 W. Chicago Avenue.

Preservationists identified nine threatened sites on the city’s North, West, and South sides

Every year the city’s leading nonprofit architectural preservation group, Preservation Chicago, announces the “Chicago 7”—a list of seven significant buildings, parks, or public artworks it considers most endangered. This year’s lineup, however, saw the list grow to an unprecedented nine sites.

“The threats were so extensive, we had to add a plus two,” said Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago, in a statement. “Chicago needs to work strategically and collaboratively to save these and so many other threatened places.”

The list includes well-established storylines such as the battle over the Obama Center in Jackson Park and the fate of the Loop’s love-it-or-hate-it Thompson Center as well as lesser known and under appreciated architectural gems.

Here are Chicago’s nine most endangered sites in 2019, according to Preservation Chicago.

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