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.
Preservation Chicago said the pictures are from the 1950s.
Jim Belli, son of Edo Belli, added his voice to calls to reuse the Mid-Modern work.
Preservation advocates said TIF money should save — not destroy the Mid-Century Modernist work.
Site plans showed restaurants, retail, big box stores and parking at 35th and Ashland.
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