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Open House Chicago

Things to do, Festivals Until Sunday October 31 2021 Free
Open House Chicago 2021
Photograph: Anna Munzesheimer

Time Out says

Want to get a free, behind-the-scenes look at the Bahá'í House of Worship, Herman Miller Showroom, Chinese American Museum of Chicago and more than 100 other architectural gems throughout the Chicago area? You'll soon have a chance to do so: After offering a virtual version of its programming in 2020, the annual architecture festival Open House Chicago returns this October with in-person tours, online lectures and an expanded version of its app for independent exploration throughout the city, featuring self-guided tours of thematic architecture "trails" in different neighborhoods of Chicago. 

The program kicks off on September 28 with Chicago Architecture Center members-only previews before launching on-app programming on October 1 (available for download on Apple or Android devices). Using the app, folks can navigate a series of self-guided, multi-site tours—called "trails—which include topics like the Obamas in Hyde Park and the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. The app will also include a guide to sites available for in-person visits, plus info on other city attractions, and will be available through October 31.

In-person tours will take place during the weekend of October 16–17, with tours spread throughout more than 30 neighborhoods and a handful of suburbs. New sites this year range from the newly-opened Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center to the Sable Hotel at Navy Pier; in addition, catch returning favorites such as the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Glessner House, International Museum of Surgical Sciences and more. 

Throughout October, you can also check out a series of free virtual lectures on different architectural and historical topics, including "Revisiting Learning from North Lawndale" and "How the Great Fire Changed Chicago." Plus, the CAC continues to host "Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture"—a look at the work of the iconic Chicago-based architect, who died earlier this year. 

The festival will run throughout the entire month of October—you can read through an up-to-date list of sites here. FYI: While no advance registration is required for on-site visits, some sites may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to enter, so check CAC's website before planning your visit. 


Venue name: Various locations throughout Chicago

Price: Free

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