Top 10 Picks for Open House Chicago 2021

With Chicago’s COVID positivity rate at about the same potency as three-two beer, you may be thinking about zipping off your Tyvek suit and sniffing around a perfect Autumn weekend in Chicago. If so, we recommend grabbing a pumpkin spice whatever and downloading the app for Open House Chicago 2021 (Apple | Android).

These are our picks for this annual architecture festival. You can click on the addresses to open a map for easy navigation to these locations on your computer or phone or cybernetic implant.

This top ten may not be your top ten. In fact, we hope it’s not. We are all unique individuals and have different tastes. “Celebrate diversity” and all that.

This list was created based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty: Is this a new building or new to OHC?
  • Accessibility: Is this a place that isn’t normally open to the public?
  • History: Is this a place that is historically or culturally significant?
  • Beauty: Is this a place that is visually stunning?

In previous years, we’ve been accused of putting too many holy places on our Open House Chicago recommendation lists. Too bad. Chicago’s holy places are part of Chicago’s history, its architecture, and its beauty. If you’re not religious, good for you. Go to a few of these sites and see some pretty art and architecture. You’re not going to catch Jesus cooties from looking at a painting on a wall.

McCormick Place rooftop farm. (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
McCormick Place rooftop farm. (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

McCormick Place rooftop farm

2301 South Lake Shore Drive
South Loop


First Church of Deliverance (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
First Church of Deliverance (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

First Church of Deliverance

4301 South Wabash Avenue
Bronzeville


Penthouse at Hyde Park (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Penthouse at Hyde Park (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

Penthouse at Hyde Park

5107 South Blackstone Avenue
Hyde Park


Pui Tak Center (Photo by mason.flickr. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Pui Tak Center (Photo by mason.flickr. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

Pui Tak Center

2216 South Wentworth Avenue
Chinatown


Bank of America Tower (Courtesy of the Bank of America Tower.)
Bank of America Tower (Courtesy of the Bank of America Tower.)

Bank of America Tower

110 North Wacker Drive
The Loop


Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows

3121 West Jackson Boulevard
Garfield Park


540 West Madison (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
540 West Madison (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

540 West Madison

540 West Madison Street
West Loop


Quinn Chapel (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Quinn Chapel (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

Quinn Chapel

2401 South Wabash Avenue
South Loop


300 South Riverside Plaza (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
300 South Riverside Plaza (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

300 South Riverside Plaza

300 South Riverside Plaza
West Loop


Pullman National Monument visitors center (Photo by Boven. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Pullman National Monument visitors center (Photo by Boven. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

Pullman National Monument visitors center

610 East 111th Street
Pullman


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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