That’s an eight percent increase in people over last year. If you’re counting bodies through doors, there were nearly 370,000 visits to the city’s great buildings during the two-day event. That means each building averaged over 500 people each day.
The Center points to an increase in the number of open house locations outside of downtown as a contributing factor in the uptick in visitor numbers. “CAC’s focus on Chicago communities increased our site offerings by more than 30% and allowed new neighborhoods such as Jefferson Park, Portage Park, and Irving Park to showcase the churches, museums and buildings of which they’re so proud,” said Lynn Osmond, CAC President and CEO who gets a pat on the back from us for the correct use of prepositions in a press release.
How does the CAC put on such a big shindig spread across 38 neighborhoods? Volunteers. There were 3,319 volunteers this year who combined worked around 20,000 hours.
Next year will be the tenth anniversary of Open House Chicago, and will be held October 17 and 18. If you’re from out of town, start saving your pennies now because Chicago hotels have already jacked up their rates for those days.