Open House Chicago


The Chicago Architecture Center welcomes you to their 10th annual Open House Chicago, celebrating iconic locations and architectural wonders in the Chicagoland area. Open House is dedicated to providing you a refreshing outlook of what Chicago has to offer. Join us from October 16th to the 25th to explore our beloved city and all it’s neighborhoods have to offer. 

To best ensure safety, Open House has redesigned the festival to incorporate both online and outdoor participation. The festival will be shifting their focus on larger themes, rather than specific sites, to pay tribute to under-celebrated architects and community architectural styles. The locations unfold the hidden history of the Windy City and the remarkable architecture throughout Chicago neighborhoods. 

Open House Chicago will also be offering 20 online programs, which include celebrity led virtual tours, expert panel discussions, trivia games and much more. These programs are focused on neighborhoods and how their architecture has developed over the years. Take for example their “Artmaking and Placemaking in Chicago Communities” program, focusing on the artist-driven community in Hyde-Park or their “Changing The Narrative: African Americans In Evanston” program, focusing on how African American have shaped the suburb. For a full list of programs and how you can participate, visit their website.  Make sure to download the OHC 2020 app to learn more about other ways to get involved. With the help of the app, you can even explore biking trails and even self guided walking tours! 

This year will be highlighting communities in the South and West sides including: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Back of the Yards, Beverly, Bronzeville, Chinatown, Englewood, Evanston, Roger’s Park, Humboldt Park, Hyde Park, Ken Wood, Lincoln Park, Logan Square, Near North Side, Near West side, North Lawndale, Oak Park, Pilsen, Pullman, Roseland, Southshore, Wicker Park, and Woodlawn. 

While guests are not allowed to go inside any of the sites, they can observe and admire the architectural work from outside. Any visitors are encouraged to wear facemasks at all times and maintain 6 feet apart from any other visitors to assure appropriate social distancing. Their top priority is to keep a safe environment for all their guests. Open House Chicago looks forward to showcasing the true beauty Chicago has to offer.

Written By: Jessica Narvaez

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