In a few weeks, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks may recommend to City Council that they designate a part of Pilsen as a historic landmark district.
The proposal aims at protecting the historic character of parts of 18th Street, Blue Island Ave. and other streets that are home to hundreds of Baroque-inspired buildings built in the late 19th century. The proposal also includes the preservation of murals painted from the ’70s and onward.
However, some Pilsen homeowners say the designation provides little benefit to current property owners, and some are worried the proposal would come with additional taxes to residents.
Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, joins Morning Shift to help demystify what a historic landmark district would mean for Pilsen — or any neighborhood.
GUEST: Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois
LEARN MORE: Pilsen residents are in no rush for the city to establish a historic district (Curbed Chicago 4/26/19)