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Open House Chicago Is Back Starting Friday With New Sites, Self-Guided Tours And In-Person Events

The festival will launch its mobile app Friday, with a weekend of in-person events Oct. 16-17.

The Bridgeview Bank building's grand banking floor. The reception desk, seen in the center, will be removed under the redevelopment plans.
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Architecture Center’s popular festival is bringing back in-person events after a pandemic hiatus. 

The month-long festival will run throughout October, kicking off with a mix of member-only and public program previews Tuesday and Wednesday.

Starting Oct. 1, festival attendees can download the Open House Chicago mobile app, which will have self-guided tours that span the city, information about in-person sites, audio and video additions and suggestions for shopping and dining. 

In-person, indoor events will be featured Oct. 16-17, when more than 100 venues in more than 30 neighborhoods and suburbs will be open to the public for “rare behind-the-scenes access,” according to a news release. There will be several new sites open, including the Penthouse in Hyde Park, the Sable Hotel at Navy Pier and the Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center. 

This year’s program also will include a visit to the Obamas’ residence in Hyde Park and a follow-along trail of the Great Chicago Fire in honor of the disaster’s 150th anniversary. 

All of the Open House Chicago events, sites and tours are free and open to the public, unless otherwise designated as members-only.

For the most updated information on self-guided tours and Open House sites, check out Open House Chicago’s website.

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