Open House Chicago
13-14 October 2018

Open House Chicago, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is the largest free architecture and urban exploration festival in North America. Have you ever walked by a building and thought, "I wish I could see what's inside?" OHC is your chance to get inside Chicago's iconic skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, world-renown architecture/design offices and breathtaking sacred spaces. No tickets or reservations required.

Chicago is known as the "Second City" but it is arguably the first city for architecture in the United States. The historic home of Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, Chicago is now the laboratory where most of the world's tallest buildings are designed. In addition to exploring Chicago's world-renown Downtown "Loop" district, Open House Chicago gives visitors access to architectural gems in neighborhoods all over the city's historic North, South and West sides.

In 2017 more than 100,000 attendees made 380,000 visits to 215 sites throughout Downtown Chicago, 20 of the city's diverse neighborhoods, and the adjacent suburbs of Evanston and Oak Park. Visitors came from all 50 states and 90 countries to participate. The seventh-annual Open House Chicago will take place on October 13-14, 2018. 200 cool places. 48 hours. Go!

Chicago Architecture Foundation (, founded in 1966, the largest organization of its kind in the world with an annual audience of over 1 million locals and tourists. CAF is dedicated to inspiring people to discover why design matters by advancing public interest and awareness in architecture and design through a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and youth education activities. CAF began Open House Chicago in 2011 as the successor to a similar event called "Great Chicago Places and Spaces" that was organized by the City of Chicago.

Open House Chicago Website


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