Open House Chicago Now In Extended Play Mode

If the most recent University of Chicago Medicine TV ad hasn’t made you jump in front of a CTA bus yet, you may have taken that conveyance around town during Open House Chicago this week.  If you didn’t, you’re in luck.  Open House Chicago is now an EP.

We didn’t do much with OHC this year because it is so watered down.  The houses are “open” in title only.  It’s essentially self-guided tours that you could do on your own any day of the year.  There’s also a limited number of fun-sized guided tours for a price.

Obviously, none of this is the Chicago Architecture Center’s fault.  It washes its hands.  It wears a mask in public.  It’s been Lysoling the joint like a five-year-old running around with imaginary Cootie Spray.  But the reality is that OHC2020 is not OHC2019, and it leaves us melancholy. 

The good news is that today the Chicago Architecture Center announced it is extending Open House Chicago 2020 until November 1st.  So you’ve got an extra week to download the OHC app and see your city is a different way.  If you’re annoyed with having to download yet another app for every single little thing in your life, you can also access the OHC app content by following this link.

If you’re a Chicago Architecture Center member, it also means you’ll be able to see seven “My Neighborhood, My Story” virtual tours online.  If you’re a mere mortal, reruns of six webcasts will be on the Architecture Center’s YouTube channel starting next Monday, October 26.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of Chicago tours, many of the other open house organizations around the world are putting their content online, too.  For example, Open House London, and Open House Buenos Aires.  Some festivals, like Open House Thessaloniki, haven’t happened yet, so you can still get in on their online action.  And if you want to go big, mark November 14 and 15 in your Day Runner and participate in Open House Worldwide, which will stream tours from 40 cities around the world.

Author: Editor

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