From Rogers Park to Chatham to Oak Park, a weekend celebration will showcase some of the Chicago area's greatest architectural achievements, many of which are typically closed to the public.
The two-day festival known as "Open House Chicago" will be held throughout 20 different community areas in Chicago as well as multiple suburbs on Oct. 15-16, highlighting more than 150 significant churches, businesses, schools, museums and other architectural landmarks.
If you aren't able to make it that weekend, you can still stop by and see the buildings' impressive exteriors and take part in a suite of virtual programs. Organizers say individual sites may have certain requirements for entry, such as proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results. Each site's description will contain the requirements, if any exist, in its online description, organizers said.
Below is a full list of the community areas with landmarks that are included as part of the festival:
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- Grand Boulevard (Bronzeville)
- South Shore
- Armour Square (Chinatown)
- East Garfield Park
- Humboldt Park
- Hyde Park
- Lincoln Square (Ravenswood)
- South Lawndale (Little Village)
- Lower West Side (Pilsen)
- Near North Side
- Near West Side
- North Lawndale
- Rogers Park
- West Ridge
Among the many participating locations are the Chicago Board of Trade Building, Bahá'í House of Worship, Willis Tower, Chinese American Museum of Chicago and Avalon Regal Theater. Entry is free unless noted.
A full list of sites and available hours can be found on the event's website.