Open House Chicago brings your family behind the scenes

| October 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

firehouse1Chicago is known for its fabulous architecture, so when some of Chicago’s most magnificent buildings open their doors to the public for a free event, it’s time to start planning. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is sponsoring Open House Chicago October 18 and 19.

What’s great about Open House Chicago is that it’s a uniquely Chicago event. The Chicago Architecture Foundation brings together “more than 150 of the city’s greatest spaces and places from 18 neighborhoods across the city. This free public event offers participants behind-the-scenes access to many areas that are normally open by invitation only.” Whether you want to showcase the beauty of your neighborhood, take your children to see architecture as art or earn a scout badge, there is something for everyone. This family event showcases “the diversity of Chicago’s architecture, sites include uncommonly seen and ‘restricted access’ areas of public buildings, factories, historic mansions, private clubs, sacred spaces, schools, professional offices and cultural institutions, among others.”

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Currently there are buildings on the Open House Chicago website all across Chicago’s neighborhoods including

Bridgeport/Back of the Yards
Garfield Park/North Lawndale
Gold Coast
Hyde Park
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood
Near West Side/West Town
Prairie Avenue
Rogers Park
South Shore
Ukranian Village

When you visit the website you can sort by different interest areas such as family Friendly, Frank Lloyd Wright, Historic Home, New in 2014 and Private Club. You can design a tour specifically tailored to your family’s interested and attention span. We all know that children have different attention spans at different ages. If you have older children you can visit more sites than if you have very young children. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Throughout the weekend, Open House Chicago will offer activities all weekend long, including cultural performances, lectures, workshops and more. To learn more and plan your event, visit Open House Chicago.


Shari writes about life with her tween twin daughters at Two Times The Fun. Images courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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