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Edgewater Beach Apartments, CTA Repair Station Among Open House Spots

Participants can get an inside look at the Edgewater Beach Apartments during Open House Chicago.

Eric Allix Rogers/Open House Chicago

CHICAGO — More than a dozen spots from Edgewater and Rogers Park are participating in Open House Chicago this year.

The free architectural festival runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14, though hours for buildings can vary. The famed Edgewater Beach Apartments are among the spots being featured this year, but people can also explore churches, mansions and other buildings from Edgewater and Rogers Park.

Here’s where you can explore in Rogers Park and Edgewater:

Berger Park Cultural Center

Where: 6219 N. Sheridan Road
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 14
Why: This lakefront mansion was built in 1910 and was used as a home by its rich founders and then for members of a religious order. It’s now owned by the Chicago Park District.

Chicago Filmmakers

Where: 5720 N. Ridge Ave.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 14
Why: This rehabbed building was originally a firehouse built in 1928, but Chicago Filmmakers is now trying to turn it into a movie theater for indie films.

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center

Where: 6433 N. Ravenswood Ave.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 14
Why: This spot is 107 years old, but its latest occupant is the modern Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center. Visitors can partake in woodworking and metalworking, among other things.

Church of the Atonement

Where: 5749 N. Kenmore Ave.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13
Why: This church from 1890 features a red stone exterior and stained glass windows.

Colvin House

Where: 5940 N. Sheridan Road
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14
Why: An official Chicago landmark, Colvin House is a mansion built in 1909. It’s been renovated and is now a coworking space.

CTA Skokie Shops

Where: via the Howard Station, 7519 N. Paulina St.
When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 13
Why: Visitors will have to RSVP to take part in this tour, which will show the facility where “L” cars are repaired and updated. There will be a vintage train to take attendees from the Howard Station to the Skokie Shops.

Edgewater Beach Apartments

Where: 5555 N. Sheridan Road
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13
Why: This distinctive pink building sits near the lakefront and was once part of the now-defunct Edgewater Beach Hotel. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Edgewater History Museum

Where: 5358 N. Ashland Ave.
When: 9 a.m.-5 Oct. 13 and Oct. 14
Why: The museum is situated in what was originally a firehouse built in 1926. Attendees can see items from the historic Edgewater Beach Hotel and learn about the area’s history.

Firehouse Chicago

Where: 1545 W. Rosemont Ave.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14
Why: Once a firehouse, this century-old building has been renovated with vintage touches (including a fire pole).

International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Where: 1716 W. Lunt Ave.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 14
Why: This building just turned 101 years old and was originally a Masonic temple.

Loyola University Information Commons

Where: 6501 N. Kenmore Ave.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 14
Why: This building — the university’s energy-efficient one — dates from just 2007 but mixes modern and classic architecture. It has a view of the lake from its back side.

Loyola University Piper Hall

Where: 970 W. Sheridan Road
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13
Why: Once a lakefront mansion, this university building was restored in 2005 and features Tiffany windows and fixtures with an oak and mahogany interior.

Lytle House

Where: 5517 N. Broadway
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14
Why: This building was once a tin shop hidden by a two-flat residence, but the home was torn down and the tin shop expanded. It’s been renovated and is now an event space with exposed brick and a courtyard with gardens.

Rogers Park Women’s Club

Where: 7077 N. Ashland Ave.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Why: Once a church and the Rogers Park Women’s Club, this building from 1916 is going to be renovated and will be turned into a spot for performing arts.

Sacred Heart Schools Driehaus Center

Where: 5200 N. Sheridan Road
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. and Oct. 14
Why: This mansion was built in 1906 and was later restored for $4 million by Sacred Heart Schools.

St. Ita Church

Where: 5500 N. Broadway
When: 9:30-4 p.m. Oct. 13
Why: This French Gothic Church first opened its doors in 1927. It has a 120-foot tower and windows with more than 200,000 pieces of stained glass.

St. Jerome Church

Where: 1709 W. Lunt Ave.
When: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 13 and 2-5 p.m. Oct. 14
Why: This Catholic church was built is 102 years old and its interior features Baroque and Art Deco touches.