Open House Chicago

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Open House Chicago (OHC) is a free weekend festival held annually in Chicago that allows participants to visit dozens of buildings that are not typically open to the public. It is currently being held October 14-15, 2017.

OHC is organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation over a two-day period each year in mid-October. The event promotes appreciation of architecture by the general public.

OHC began in 2011 and it is part of a worldwide network of Open House events that started with Open House London in 1992,[1] its organizers state that event objectives include enabling participants to “venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Chicago’s architecture and experience the diversity and culture of each community.”[2] OHC is an important event for tourism in Chicago.[3] Funding for the event comes from the Chicago Architecture Foundation and from corporate sponsors, government agencies, foundations, and individual donors, the event relies on approximately 1,500 volunteers to staff participating buildings.

Dates and attendance[edit]

Dates Number of sites Visits to included sites Estimated individual attendees
Oct 15-16, 2011 131 84,000 23,000
Oct 13-14, 2012 198 142,000 40,000
Oct 19-20, 2013 157 194,000 55,000
Oct 18-19, 2014 167 285,000 75,000
Oct 17-18, 2015 204 320,000 85,000
Oct 15-16, 2016 213 380,000 100,000
Oct 14-15, 2017

Sources for the above table:[4][5][6][7][8][9] [10]

Sites[edit]

Sites include spaces inside historic and architecturally significant buildings that aren't generally open to the public, including historic mansions, Frank Lloyd Wright homes, theaters, skyscrapers, exclusive private clubs, opulent hotel ballrooms and suites, rooftops, industrial sites and design/ and architecture offices.[11][12]

Highlights include Tribune Tower,[13] Kemper Building,[14] Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Fine Arts Building,[15] Chicago Board of Trade Building,[15] The Rookery, Aon Center, Chicago Temple Building, Emil Bach House,[16] Elks National Memorial,[17] New Regal Theater[18] and more.[19][20][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cassels, Jason Badrock/Alastair. "Open House Worldwide". Openhouseworldwide.org. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "About". Open House Chicago. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Open House Chicago - Events - Choose Chicago". Choosechicago.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Open House Chicago 2012: 150 Sites Offering Free, Behind-The-Scenes Access (PHOTOS)". Huffingtonpost.com. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Chicago Architecture Foundation Finalizes Sites for This Year's Open House Chicago". Chicagoist.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  7. ^ Gebert, Michael. "What to eat and see this weekend at Open House Chicago". Chicagoreader.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Open House Chicago: Step inside the city’s architectural wonders for free". Wgntv.com. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Open House Chicago architectural walking tour". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "100,000 people attended this year’s Open House Chicago". Chicago.curbed.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Peek Inside The City's Architectural Gems At Open House Chicago". Chicagoist.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Tour These 200 Historical Sites With Open House Chicago". Chicagoist.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "The Immensely Gratifying and Deceptively Short Tribune Tower". Chicago.curbed.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Meet an OHC site host: Diana Hickert-Hill, Kemper Corporation". Chicago Architecture Foundation - CAF. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c Bellware, Kim (18 October 2013). "Open House Chicago 2013: See The Hidden Treasures Inside Chicago's Most Interesting Buildings". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Inside The Frank Lloyd Wright Home People Line Up To See: PHOTOS". DNAinfo Chicago. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "Touring the Elks National Memorial; Roof at theWit; More!". 
  18. ^ "South Side's Restoration on Full View for Open House Chicago". DNAinfo Chicago. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  19. ^ "10 new places to visit during Open House Chicago". 
  20. ^ "Sites". Open House Chicago. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 

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