The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free event the weekend of October 19-20, 2013. It involves 150 locations throughout the city. This is the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s third annual Open House Chicago (OHC).
Many facilities are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but check individual listings. The (CAF) states, “Explore repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels and more—all for free.”
CAF inspires people to discover why design matters. Open House Chicago (OHC) gives you access to buildings that tell the stories of Chicago communities and cultures. By venturing into diverse neighborhoods for self-guided exploration, OHC participants come together to discover community and place.
OHC is completely free-of-charge—no registration or tickets are needed. So gather your friends, plan your itinerary and mark your calendar for October 19-20, 2013!
There isn’t enough room to cover all the venues, but here are some highlights. Check out the views from the private Cliff Dwellers Club on the 22nd floor of 200 South Michigan Avenue. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. The Pritzker Military Library, located in a 1912 building designed by Holabird & Roche at 104 South Michigan Avenue, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.
Holabird & Root designed the Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930) at 141 West Jackson Boulevard in the Arty Deco style. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Many people have seen this building in movies, but this is your chance to see the underground vault.
The Lyric of Opera of Chicago in the Civic Opera House at 20 North Wacker Drive is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Graham, Anderson, Probst & White designed the throne-shaped building. The 3,563-seat theater is decorated in a combination of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
On the Gold Coast, check out Saint James Chapel (1917) at Archbishop Quigley Center, at 835 North Rush Street, designed by Steinbeck and McCarthy. It is open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Holy Name Cathedral, Fourth Presbyterian Church, and Harvest Bible Church are also participating. Note that these are active houses of worship and the periods when architecture fans can explore them do not overlap with services.
Patrick Charles Keely designed Holy Name Cathedral (1875) at 735 North State Street, which is open from Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ralph Adams Cram and Howard Van Doren Shaw designed Fourth Presbyterian Church (1914), at 126 East Chestnut Street, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Theodore Vigo Wadskier designed Harvest Bible Church (1867), in recent years the Scottish Rite Cathedral, at 935 North Dearborn Street. The Great Fire left only the limestone exterior. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
The Charnley-Persky House (1891), which has the distinction of having been designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright (master and student), at 1365 North Astor Street, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. The International Museum of Surgical Science, located at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, is in a 1917 mansion designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.
The Newberry Library (1893) at 60 West Walton Street is also participating. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Henry Ives Cobb designed the core of the building.
In Lincoln Park, check out the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Laflin Administration Building will be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Graham Anderson, Probst & Wright designed the Chicago History Museum (1932) at 1601 North Clark Street, which is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday and from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Egerton Swartwout designed the Elks National Memorial (1924) at 2750 North Lakeview Avenue, which is open from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Now is the first time to visit the rotunda and reception hall since the room underwent restoration. This facility was dedicated to the over 1,000 members of the Order or the Elks who died in World War I.
Leonard Gliatto designed the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1955) at 2520 North Lakeview Avenue, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. George D. Barnett was influenced by the Hagia Sofia when he designed St. Clement Church (1918) at 642 W. Deming Place, which is open from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Lynn Osmond, CAF President & CEO, states, “The Chicago Architecture Foundation inspires people to discover why design matters. Open House Chicago is your opportunity to experience the city’s diverse neighborhoods that cherish and protect their historic architectural gems while using design solutions to address built-environment challenges. From community gardens to new school designs, Chicago’s neighborhoods are reshaping their landscapes and changing they way we live. Winston Churchill once said, ‘We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.’ Let’s explore this spectacular city and see how its future is being shaped.”
Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel states, “Chicago is a city of diverse, vibrant neighborhoods with rich architectural histories that we can all enjoy. Open House Chicago is a wonderful display of the marvels of Chicago’s architectural landscape. I am grateful to the Chicago Architecture Foundation for showcasing Chicago's groundbreaking architectural legacy so it can be experienced by residents and visitors alike.”