Ald. James Cappleman (46th) said the designation will help "send a message" to the park district.
A temple in Englewood, an Uptown synagogue and various neon signs throughout the city are on the list.
The Park District's Board of Commissioners takes up the issue at Wednesday's meeting.
Parks groups are anticipating copious state reviews if Obama chooses a South Side park for his library.
The Lutheran congregation will stay in the neighborhood whether or not a sale is made, its pastor said.
The walking tour will explore the intersection of the city's architecture and industry.
A demolition permit was issued for the James Van Natta home at 4618 W. Armitage Ave., built in 1858.
The house at 1648 W. Armitage Ave. was built in 1858, when the Northwest Side was Jefferson Township.
A building designed by the city's famed architect has met the wrecking ball.
The massive Lakeside Center East Building could offer a blank slate for the Obama Presidential Library.
Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago said the best site for the museum couldn't be more obvious.
Preservationists say "dreamy ideas" could restore the historic buildings.
The stuffed pizza chain is set to open a location at 1340 S. Michigan Ave. in early fall.
A developer who wanted to save the historic building was stopped from surveying the property.
The group is more concerned with saving architecture than the schools inside the buildings.
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