What is Open House Chicago?
Enjoy Chicago’s annual architecture festival, Open House Chicago (OHC), from October 13-14th. The Chicago Architecture Center hosts this festival annually, giving everyone in the city of Chicago behind-the-scenes access to the most privately kept buildings. This year the festival has over 250 locations scattered through 30 neighborhoods in the Chicago area.
Five Popular Sites to Visit
House Of Blues
If you haven’t yet been to the House of Blues, prepared to be wow’d! This horseshoe shaped building was modeled after the Estavovski Opera House in Prague. The bottle cap artwork scattered around the walls will have you in awe. And don’t forget to check out the exotic and exclusive members only Foundation Room.
Old Chicago Inn (Ft. Room 13)
Check out this 1920’s themed bed and breakfast in Lakeview. This prohibition era building includes a secret alley entrance to a neon lit room including jazz and drinks. You’ll also visit the mysterious Room 13 – but don’t forget the password that’s said to be NO RAIN.(21+)
Colombia Yacht Club
Explore the MV Abegweit (Abby) – 372 feet high and weighing 7,000 tons this ferry is a must see. The ship serves as the club headquarters and is the most powerful ice breaking ship in the world. During your visit you can wander the club’s private dining room, deck and steering room!
Great Lakes Yard
This lumber yard specializes in business and warehouse which saves high quality lumber and artifacts through deconstruction. Located off the CTA green line in Garfield Park witness the richness of the lumber that once built the history of Chicago. You can also check out the warehouse – usually only open by appointment.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Money Museum
Expanding over 800,000 square feet, the Chicago Fed is quite the sight to see. Overseeing the Seventh Federal Reserve District, this bank opened it’s doors to the public in 2001. You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at the Great Hall – which normally not open to the public.