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These historic buildings are in jeopardy

By City Cast Chicago | @citycastchicago


A commercial building in the Loop, a courthouse in Joliet, and a 19th century home in the Dan Ryan Woods are included on Landmarks Illinois’ annual list of places the nonprofit says need to be saved because of their historic and cultural significance.

A few places on the list:

🏢 Century and Consumers Buildings

The Century and Consumers buildings rise above State Street in Chicago's Loop.

Location: 202-220 S. State St.
Years Built: 1913 and 1915
Interesting Fact: Part of the Loop’s historic retail district, a federal assessment raised safety concerns about the buildings’ proximity to the Dirksen Federal Building, halting reuse plans.

(Courtesy of Landmarks Illinois)

🏡 Eugene S. Pike House

Location: 1826 W. 91st St.
Year Built: 1894
Interesting Fact: The now-vacant Tudor Revival style home was a “weekend getaway” for developer Pike, who lived on the wealthy Prairie Street.

(Courtesy of Landmarks Illinois)

⚖️ Will County Courthouse

Location: 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
Year Built: 1969
Interesting Fact: Joliet built and opened a new courthouse in 2002, leaving this Brutalist-style former courthouse abandoned.

(Courtesy of Landmarks Illinois)

👉 Contact public officials about why the buildings should be preserved. You can find their information in the links above.
🔎 Read the complete list of endangered places.


The new film “Unplugging,” opening this weekend, stars Eva Longoria and Matt Walsh as a married couple who leave Chicago for a rural getaway in Indiana to reconnect. And…they have to put their phones and other digital devices away. It’s a movie so, naturally, stuff goes wrong.

City Cast Chicago host Jacoby Cochran sits down with Walsh and Brad Morris, who co-produced the film, to talk about “Unplugging,” and how the Chicago natives started their comedy careers here.

👉  See “Unplugging” in and around Chicago.



April 2022_ OAF Globes-AD

Over 100 game-changing artists showcase original and limited edition artworks at Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair Chicago in partnership with Bombay Sapphire® this week, April 21–24, in Chicago’s Fulton Market.

If you’re looking for curious and creative encounters—this one’s for you, with a program bursting at the seams, including photographer Anna Marie Tendler’s pop-up portrait studio, exclusive print drops, live DJ sets, immersive installations, and free Bombay Sapphire cocktails.

Use code CITYCAST and save 30% on tickets. Book now.


▪️ Chicago is averaging 480 new COVID-19 cases per day, a 12% increase from last week. The Chicago Department of Public Health said we are still at “low” risk for COVID transmission as hospitalizations and deaths continue to fall. [Block Club Chicago]

▪️ Demolition crews have started tearing down Antioch Missionary Baptist Church after a fire Friday left the historic Englewood church destroyed. [ABC 7]

▪️ A City Council committee voted 15-12 to approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $12.5 million gas and transit relief plan. The full council will consider the measure next week. [Chicago Tribune]

▪️ Tony’s Fresh Market grocery stores are under new management. [WBBM]

▪️ For the next two weeks you can enjoy the Chicago Latino Film Festival at the theater, drive-in, or crib!


We’ve all been in desperate need of some sun and warm weather this “spring.” Not to jinx anything, but it looks like we might get just that this weekend.

So do you have any exciting plans to celebrate the REAL spring? (Because let’s be honest, when was the last time spring in Chicago actually started in March?) How do you plan on enjoying rising temps?

TELL US! Email or text/call (773) 780-0246.

Here’s what some of the City Cast crew is planning:

Host Jacoby: Hitting up Chef Stephen Sandoval’s new residency at Soho House and a lot of walking! 🚶‍♂️

Lead Producer Carrie: The Other Art Fair on Friday (see above for discount!) and the Cubs game on Saturday 🎨 ⚾

Producer Simone: No plans, but probably wearing a dress 👗

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