‘Open House Chicago’ underway this weekend, offering insight into Chicago’s rich architectural history – NBC Chicago

“Open House Chicago” is officially underway today and tomorrow, allowing Chicagoans to get a first-hand look at generations of history and architectural accomplishments in the area.

The event features more than 150 significant Chicago buildings throughout this weekend, including churches, businesses, schools and other major landmarks.

Open House Chicago includes landmarks in 20 of the city’s 77 community areas, as well as locations in several suburbs.

If you’re unable to make it this weekend, you can still stop by and see the buildings’ impressive exteriors and take part in a suite of virtual programs. Organizers say individual venues may have certain entry requirements, such as proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results. Each site’s description will contain the requirements, if any, in its online description, organizers said.

Below is a full list of community areas with landmarks included as part of the festival:

Community areas

  • Loop
  • Austin
  • Avondale
  • beverly
  • Bridgeport
  • Grand Boulevard (Bronzeville)
  • Douglas
  • Chatham
  • South Shore
  • Armor Square (Chinatown)
  • East Garfield Park
  • Hermosa
  • Humboldt Park
  • Hyde Park
  • Kenwood
  • Lincoln Place (Ravenswood)
  • South Lawndale (Little Village)
  • Lower West Side (Pilsen)
  • Near the north side
  • Near the west side
  • North Lawndale
  • Rogers Park
  • west ridge
  • Downtown

Among the many participating venues are the Chicago Board of Trade Building, the Bahá’í House of Worship, the Willis Tower, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago and the Avalon Regal Theater. Admission is free unless otherwise stated.

A full list of available locations and times can be found on the event website.