Architechture buffs, Chicago-lovers and photographers alike won't want to pass up the opportunity to see Open House Chicago, a free public festival presented by the Chicago Architechure Foundation (CAF) that offers a behind-the-scenes look at 150 buildings all over Chicago. U.S News and World Report calls it the "No. 1 thing to do in Chicago".
This city-wide event is free of charge (no tickets needed) and a great way to discover the design richness Chicago offers. The spaces and places will be open Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 2013, typically from 9am to 5pm. Explore theaters, iconic offices and hotels, private clubs, sacred spaces, repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, and more. Discover Chicago's diverse neighborhoods or linger downtown--hear the stories these places have to tell. Check individual sites listings for specific times.
OHC participants include:
- The Chicago Board of Trade
- The Tribune Tower
- The Metropolitan Club at the Willis (Sears) Tower
- Columbia Yacht Club
- Palmer House Hotel
- The Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University
- The Civic Opera House
- Hector Duarte's Art Studio in Pilsen
- Frederick C. Robie House
- Glessner House Museum
- Fourth Presbyterian Church
- Holy Name Cathedral
- The Bergoff Restaurant
- Goose Island Beer Company
...and many more. Find the full list of participants here.
Free programs feature sustainability, the arts, and family-friendly programs for kids. To help you plan your itenierary, download this guide. Find a map here. Some OHC communities such as Garfield Park, South Shore and Pullman, have free parking available. Metra offers convenient access to downtown locations--buy the weekend pass.
Consider using the CTA buses and trains to get from site to site, and bring or rent a bike to ride between places. Divvy, Chicago's bike-sharing sytem is offereing discounted 24 hour passes this weekend only. To claim a discount code, email email@example.com. They will reply between 9am-5pm every day until Sunday evening with a code to redeem at any station.
Still have questions? See more in this FAQ.
150 places? 48 hours? Free? Go! Step for step, Open House Chicago is one of the best values for exploring this city.