Open House Chicago 2016 sites, dates & info

Open House Chicago 2016 sites, dates & info
One of the unique sites open to visitors at the OHC is the Airstream Trailer at 1807 W. Sunnyside. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s (CAF) Open House Chicago (OHC), the popular annual event that gives participants an opportunity to visit a diverse selection of Chicago’s public buildings, factories, historic mansions, private clubs, sacred spaces, schools, professional offices and cultural institutions has announced its sites for 2016.

The CAF held its first Open House in 2011 offering access to 130 properties. Each year since then it has expanded in scope as well as number of participants.

Last year, the fifth annual OHC event attracted more than 85,000 guests representing 90 countries and all 50 states, generating an economic impact of $7.9 million for Chicago.

At yesterday’s press conference Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Architecture Foundation CEO Lynn Osmond announced the neighborhoods and sites for this year’s Open House Chicago architecture festival.

The sixth annual OHC will take place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. On those days, residents and visitors alike can visit restricted and uncommonly seen spaces in Chicago neighborhoods and nearby communities for no cost.

“Open House Chicago is such a special event in the way that it showcases the city’s culturally rich communities and encourages locals and visitors to explore new neighborhoods,” said Lynn Osmond, President and CEO of CAF. “OHC does more than open the public’s eyes to Chicago’s world-renowned architecture. It’s an event that raises awareness to the wider community of the role design plays in creating a vibrant and livable city. Chicago is a world-class city and as an organization that strives to inspire people to discover why design matters, CAF looks forward to inviting the public to experience this urban environment in a completely novel way.”

Areas featured for 2016 include:

  • Bridgeport/Back of the Yards
  • Bronzeville
  • Downtown Chicago
  • Edgewater
  • Englewood (New for 2016)
  • Evanston
  • Garfield Park/North Lawndale
  • Gold Coast/Near North Side
  • Hyde Park
  • Jefferson Park/Portage Park
  • Lakeview
  • Lincoln Park
  • Near West Side
  • Oak Park
  • South Loop/Prairie Avenue
  • Rogers Park
  • South Shore
  • Ukrainian Village
  • West Town
  • Uptown/Ravenswood

OHC 2016 features more than 200 sites. Highlights include: The Yale Building, Colvin House, Stony Island Arts Bank, Wood Street Farm, Nichols Tower (original Sears Tower), Columbia Yacht Club, 1807 W. Sunnyside (Airstream Trailer) and The New Regal Theater.

By using a printed event guide or going to Open House Chicago, OHC guests can select the sites and neighborhoods they want to explore and plan their own self-guided experiences.

For a complete list of participating sites, visit Open House Chicago.

Access to OHC sites is free and does not require a reservation, but participants are encouraged to sign up to receive event newsletters and last-minute announcements. Sites will accept visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to free access, OHC offers activities in various sites all weekend long, including cultural performances, lectures, workshops and more.

CAF Members are provided with a “Priority Access Pass” that grants preferred access to OHC sites–in other words–shorter lines and access to a select handful of Members-Only Sites.

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