Explore Invitation-Only Spaces at openhousechicago 2011
This weekend, some of Chicago’s most interesting buildings are going to be opened to the public. The occasion? openhousechicago 2011, the completely free edutainment event being held on the 15th and 16th. This is a free public event sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. There are no tickets and no reservations… simply use the online program to plan your own itinerary and go!
Throughout the city, designated commercial buildings, cultural centers, education facilities, high-rises, famous residences, churches, green spaces, and more will be open for exploration, many featuring seldom-seen areas that are rarely (if ever) opened to the public. Over 131 locations are featured. Key themes in many of the exhibit buildings are sustainability & community, and how to drive those goals forward in the 21st century.
A sampling of just a few of the highlights visitors are invited to explore:
- Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks. Watch an artisanal stone-working demonstration.
- City Hall. Tour Council Chambers and the legislative library.
- Downtown Islamic Center. Experience spectacular sun-splashed prayer rooms.
- Emil Bach House. Tour this Frank Lloyd-built home that is normally closed to the public.
- Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Walk onstage and into private backstage areas.
- Lake Point Tower. Visit the 2-acre rooftop garden with forest, waterfall & lagoon.
- Loyola University, Mundelein College Building. Tour Cardinal Mundelein’s suite and greenhouse.
- Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica. See a life-size reproduction of Michelangelo’s Pieta.
- Sears Tower (original). Enjoy the panoramic view from this rarely-opened tower.
- Tribune Tower. Tour the lavish offices of legendary publisher Col. Robert McCormick.
OHC is a unique event and one that should not be missed – even if you can’t make a day of it on Saturday or Sunday, find a couple interesting locations and drop by to check them out. You’ll get a whole new perspective on some of Chicago’s most famous spaces!
Open House Chicago 2011
Saturday October 15th & Sunday October 16th