Big List: Here’s What’s New For Open House Chicago 2018

Chicago’s architecture festival is back for another season, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

150 North Riverside (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.)

150 North Riverside (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.)

This year there will be 250 places and spaces that you can visit for free during Open House Chicago, including 50 new locations.

OHC will happen October 13th and 14th.  It’s free to the public.  But a few places require you to RSVP online.  And if you’re a member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation you get to go to the heads of the lines, and see a few places that the hoi polloi can’t.

For tons of juicy information, follow this link.

Givins Castle (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.)

Givins Castle (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.)

Since you’re reading this, chances are you’re one of the 90,000 people who attended last year’s building bash.  So here’s the bird’s eye low down on what’s new with this caper.  Some of these you may have seen because they took a break and are back for more.

New neighborhoods this year:

  • Austin
  • Beverly
  • Morgan Park

New locations in Chicago this year:

  • Austin
    • Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
    • Austin Community Family Center
    • Austin Town Hall Cultural Center
    • By the Hand Club for Kids
    • Catalyst Circle Rock
    • Catholic Charities Father Augustus Tolton Peace Center
    • Fraternité Notre Dame (a shrine)
    • Loretto Hospital
    • Peace Corner Youth Center
    • Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church
    • Third Unitarian Church
  • Back of the Yards
    • Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church
  •  Beverly
    • The Givins Castle
    • John H. Vanderpoel Art Association
    • Optimo (a hat maker)
    • Ridge Historical Society
    • Wild Blossom Meadery
  • Bronzeville
    • Mount Pigah Missionary Baptist Church
  • Edgewater
    • Church of the Atonement Epsicopal
    • Edgewater History Museum
    • Firehouse Chicago
  • Garfield Park
    • ArtReach Chicago
    • Great Lakes Yard
  • Hyde Park
    • Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
    • Hyde Park Bank and Trust
    • Hyde Park Union Church
    • Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
    • United Church of Hyde Park
  • Lakeview
    • Laugh Factory
    • Lincoln Lodge
    • Otherworld Theatre
    • Theatre Wit
    • Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
    • The Wheelhouse Hotel
  • Lincoln Park
    • DePaul University Cortelyou Commons
    • DePaul University Holtschneider Performance Center
    • DePaul University Theatre School
    • Lincoln Park Conservatory
    • New Elephant Resale Shop
    • Saint Josephat Roman Catholic Church
    • Saint Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church
  • Logan Square
    • Moss Design
  • The Loop
    • 151 North Franklin
    • 180 North LaSalle
    • 200WJ
    • AS+GG
    • Chicago Architecture Center
    • Eastlake Studio
    • HOK
    • International Interior Design Association
    • Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Randolph Tower City Apartments
    • Saint Jane Hotel (formerly the Hard Rock Hotel)
    • Thornton Tomasetti
    • Wintrust Grand Banking Hall
  • Near North and Gold Coast
    • Ambassador Chicago
    • Bush Temple
    • Newberry Library
    • Richard H. Driehaus Museum
    • Saint Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
    • Wintrust Bank Old Town
  • Near West Side
    • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
    • Saint Basin Greek Orthodox Church
    • Soho House Chicago
    • X Chicago
  • Morgan Park
    • Ingersoll-Blackwelder House
    • Morgan Park Academy Alumni Hall
    • Morgan Park United Methodist Church
  • North Lawndale
    • Farm on Ogden
    • Stone Temple Baptist Church
  • Pilsen
    • Moody Tongue Brewing Company
    • Working Bikes
  • Rogers Park
    • International Society for Krishna Consciousness
    • Loyola University Information Commons (What the cool kids call a “library”)
    • Loyola University Piper Hall
    • Rogers Park Women’s Club
    • Saint Jerome Roman Catholic Church
  • Streeterville
    • 465 North Park Apartments
  • South Shore
    • Saint Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church
  • Uptown
    • Stewart School Lofts
  • Washington Park
    • University of Chicago Green Line Performing Arts Center
    • XS Tennis Village
  • West Loop
    • Old Main Post Office
  • West Ridge
    • Casa Bonita
    • Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center
    • Park Castle Condominiums
    • Park Gables Apartment Homes
    • Unity in Chicago (A church in a tennis club)
  • West Town
    • Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart
    • Street Level Youth Digital Media Center
  • Woodlawn
    • Hussain MetroSquash Academic and Squash Center
    • Hyde Park Day School

New locations not in Chicago:

  • Evanston
    • DMAC Architecture
    • First United Methodist Church of Evanston
    • Industrious, Evanston (A co-working space)
  • Oak Park
    • First United Methodist Church of Oak Park
  • Skokie
    • Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant

Author: Editor

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