Open House Chicago is one of our favorite events in the city. It takes place every October and is sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. This year, from Oct. 15-16, get access to more than 200 iconic Chicago buildings, many of which are open to the public only for this weekend. Here are some of the participating sites this year that we are most excited about:
- Wintrust Bank Building (231 S. LaSalle)– This neoclassical beauty near the Chicago Board of Trade will offer exclusive backstage access to “the rooftop deck with up-close-and-personal views of the Chicago Board of Trade Building, 190 S. LaSalle and other financial district giants.” You will also be able to “wander into the expansive basement vault system.” Open 9am to 5pm both days.
- Chicago Board of Trade building (141 W. Jackson) — Speaking of the Board of Trade building, this massive structure will be open as well, and you can tour the massive vault beneath the building that has laid empty for decades. Open Sunday only, 9am to 5pm.
- Cliff Dwellers (200 S. Michigan) — This tour of the private, members-only club is restricted to members of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. But you still have time to sign up! The tour of the historic Michigan Avenue building offers beautiful views of Grant Park from the rooftop deck, and a buffet lunch and drinks will be available for purchase. Open to CAF members 10am to 4pm both days.
- Poetry Foundation building (61 W. Superior) — This new modern gem in River North opened a few years ago and is well worth a visit to see it’s endless bookshelves and beautiful poetry reading spaces. Open both days, 10am to 5pm.
- Birch Road Cellar and Social Club (address private, Lincoln Park) — This exclusive club tour is available only via RSVP, at which point you will receive the location. According to the description, “Hidden in plain sight and accessible only by fingerprint scan, this spacious former photo studio has been transformed into the first BYO private club. Members can stop by to enjoy this cozy home-away-from-home whenever they’d like. Its lounge and tasting room are a relaxed alternative to stuffy private clubs and overcrowded bars. A climate-controlled cellar allows guests to store their own private wine and spirits, since the club operates on a “bring your own beverage” model.” Consider us intrigued. It is open both days, 9am to 5pm.
That’s just a small hint of what will be available to tour this year during Open House Chicago! To see the full list and plan your weekend, visit this link.
*Photo courtesy of Flickr user Trebz.
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