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

Ward Chapel AME Church of Cairo

The Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church of Cairo played a significant role in the history of enslaved people's search for freedom through the underground railroad, and in the American Civil Rights movement.

Century and Consumers Buildings

Preservation Futures developed a public information campaign to raise awareness of threats to these iconic Chicago Skyscrapers.

Will County Courthouse

Completed in 1969, the Will County Courthouse is one of the first buildings in the Chicago area designed in the Brutalist Style; Preservation Futures successfully listed the Courthouse to the National Register of Historic Places in 2023. In 2024, it was demolished by the County.

The Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley House

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.

East Side Tap

The East Side Tap is a new bar located in a historic Schlitz Tied House on Chicago’s East Side. Preservation Futuress successfully listed the Tap on the National Register of Historic Places in 2022.

Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ

Preservation Futures worked to establish the national significance of Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ as part of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument established by President Biden in 2023.

Moser Highlands

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

James R Thompson Center

Opened in 1985 as a state office building in Chicago, the 17-story postmodern tower was sold to private developers in 2022. Preservation Futures nominated the building to the National Register of Historic Places in 2021, and though it was determined eligible for listing by the National Park Service, the nomination was rejected due to owner objection.