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Open House Chicago Returns In October With 150+ Sites To Explore

The popular event features in-person and self-guided tours of architecturally, culturally and historically significant Chicago sites.

Wintrust's rehabbed Grand Banking Hall was added to Open House Chicago in 2018.
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CHICAGO — Open House Chicago will give people a chance to get a close-up look at some of the city’s most architecturally interesting buildings and locations when it returns next month.

Open House Chicago will run Oct. 15-16 with more than 150 architecturally, culturally and historically significant sites around the city for participants to explore, according to the Chicago Architecture Center, which organizes the popular event. 

There will also be self-guided tours of some locations starting Oct. 1 and lasting throughout the month.

The tours will highlight buildings in more than 20 community areas, including Chatham and Hermosa, which have sites participating for the first time.

Longtime favorites — such as Dank Haus German American Cultural Center, Boxville and Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica National Shrine — will return. Other sites will be new, including the Austin public library branch, Architectural Artifacts and Kenwood United Church of Christ.

A full list of participating sites with hours and addresses is on the Open House Chicago website.

People can use the new Chicago Architecture Center app for exclusive experiences and self-guided tours of some sites, according to the center. There’s also in-app recommendations for restaurants, coffee shops, unique sites and stores in participating Open House Chicago neighborhoods.

Illinois residents who show proof of their Chicago Architecture Center app download can also get into the center for free Oct. 1 -16, where there will be a global traveling activation called “SAY IT LOUD,” which aims to highlight the work and identities of local, diverse designers. The activation is a collaboration with the National Organization of Minority Architects, according to the center.

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