Over the weekend of Oct 19-20, 2013, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Chicago 2013 (OHC), a free public event inviting people to explore and experience over 150 of the greatest spaces and places in this city world-renowned for its outstanding architecture. Many of these areas are normally open “by invitation only”.
Open House Chicago is the natural evolution of the long-running "Great Chicago Places and Spaces" program, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, operated in cooperation with CAF and other partners for 10 years and retired in 2009.
In OHC's inaugural year, 2011, key program themes included community and sustainability. Five community partners cooperated with the CAF to highlight the rich architecture and culture found in Chicago’s remarkable network of neighborhoods. OHC 2011 also explored sustainability—both how places help sustain communities and how certain buildings demonstrate a commitment to energy efficiency and green technology. Click Here!
Sites were clustered between five different hubs located in the city’s central, north, west, southwest and south sections. A free printed event directory (widely distributed through the Chicago Tribune and at various key points throughout the city) helped itinerary planning. The OHC website, www.openhousechicago.org, also offered itinerary planning and mapping tools. Some buildings/spaces offered on-site interpretation by site owners and volunteers; others were self-guided using the directory and online tools.
In 2011, Open House Chicago attracted tens of thousands of visitors from every state in the U.S. as well as 54 countries around the globe. On October 13-14, 2012, the Chicago Architecture Foundation hosted an even larger event. Please visit www.openhousechicago.org for more information.
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