Open House Chicago—By The Numbers

Lynn Osmond

Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Foundation C.E.O.

Chicagoans, get your walking shoes ready. Tomorrow the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers its annual free tours of homes, buildings and structures of all shapes and sizes. Yes, it’s Open House Chicago weekend.

During a preview Thursday night at The Library club on the 40th floor of 190 S. LaSalle, C.A.F. president and CEO Lynn Osmond offered this directive: “150 sites, 48 hours, let’s go!”

Osmond also provided the following enlightening statistics about Open House Chicago:

  • Open House Chicago is the largest architectural event in Chicago
  • During the 2013 OHC, 55,000 people participated
  • This year, the event will be expanded to 18 neighborhoods
  • 92% of open house attendees say it makes them very proud to be Chicagoans
  • OHC creates $5.1 million in direct economic impact from restaurants, shops and transportation
  • In 2013, OHC attendees included 1,500 Divvy bike riders and 70,000 CTA users
  • It is the largest event organized by CAF
  • The two-day event requires a full one year of planning
  • OHC resulted in a 40% increase in CAF website visitors
  • 70% of those website visitors says they are planning to attend open house

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