Research, Action, and Design for the Past, Present, and Future

Completed in 1969, the Will County Courthouse was one of the first buildings in the Chicago area designed in the Brutalist Style.

Made up of unique Mid Century Modern homes constructed in the 1950s, the Moser Highlands are Naperville’s first complete subdivision.

The story of Emmett Till’s murder in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley's forgiveness of his killers intimately links Chicago and its Black community to the Civil Rights Movement. Despite this, until recently the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley ouse appeared on no local, regional, or national register of landmarks.

The East Side Tap is a new bar located in a historic Schlitz Tied House on Chicago’s East Side.


Opened in 1985 as a state office building in Chicago, the 17-story postmodern tower was sold in 2022 to private developers.