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Visitors explored the towering Aon Center with breathtaking views downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Photos from Open House Chicago

We explored some of the most stunning and iconic downtown sites, added to this year's Open House Chicago roster

Written by
Madeline Wolfson
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Chicago is known for its architecture, and the annual Open House Chicago two-day event is known for giving us behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 significant sites across the city. Last year we captured the best sites in Bronzeville, a newly added neighborhood. But when the sprawling roster added historic hotels, modern spaces and decadent theaters to its downtown list this year, we knew we had to take a peek (and tons of shots). Here are some of the most stunning new sites we explored on Saturday.

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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Open House Chicago let us see inside the former Tokyo Hotel, now Freehand Chicago, on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The space has been transformed into a trendy hotel and hostel. 
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Open House Chicago let us see inside the former Tokyo Hotel, now Freehand Chicago, on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The space has been transformed into a trendy hotel and hostel. 
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Open House Chicago let us see inside the former Tokyo Hotel, now Freehand Chicago, on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The space has been transformed into a trendy hotel and hostel. 
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the luscious interior of the old Medinah Athletic Club, now InterContinental Chicago, downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the luscious interior of the old Medinah Athletic Club, now InterContinental Chicago downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the luscious interior of the old Medinah Athletic Club, now InterContinental Chicago downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the luscious interior of the old Medinah Athletic Club, now InterContinental Chicago downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the innovative and modern GEMS World Academy downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the innovative and modern GEMS World Academy downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the innovative and modern GEMS World Academy downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the innovative and modern GEMS World Academy downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the towering Aon Center with breathtaking views downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the towering Aon Center with breathtaking views downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the towering Aon Center with breathtaking views downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Open House Chicago attendees also got to see inside Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist on October 17, 2015. The seven-story structure on the Chicago River has an auditorium styled after a Greek amphitheater, in addition to many other beautiful features.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Open House Chicago attendees also got to see inside Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist on October 17, 2015. The seven-story structure on the Chicago River has an auditorium styled after a Greek amphitheater, in addition to many other beautiful features.
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors on October 17, 2015 took a tour of the W Chicago Hotel City Center, a Beaux-Arts building that was updated by W Hotels in 2001.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors on October 17, 2015 took a tour of the W Chicago Hotel City Center, a Beaux-Arts building that was updated by W Hotels in 2001.
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the ornate interior of the Congress Plaza Hotel downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the ornate interior of the Congress Plaza Hotel downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the ornate interior of the Congress Plaza Hotel downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the ornate interior of the Congress Plaza Hotel downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
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Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the dramatic design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Visitors explored the dramatic design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 
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