A Little COVID Can’t Stop Open House Chicago
Aug04

A Little COVID Can’t Stop Open House Chicago

This morning we were watching Chicago Department of Health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady on WGN-TV tell us that there’s a concerning upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. It made us wonder, “Will there be an Open House Chicago this year?” Minutes later, an e-mail arrived from the Chicago Architecture Center confirming that, yes Virginia, there will be an OHC. The South Shore Cultural Center, a...

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The Pillaging of Oak Street: A Visual Tour
May31

The Pillaging of Oak Street: A Visual Tour

Last night, Chicago’s toniest shopping district rang with the sounds of shouting thugs, cracking glass, and a U-Haul truck used as a battering ram. While people in other parts of Chicago and the nation protested for justice, the bands of smash-and-grab thieves that habitually prey on 60611 used the police distraction to ramp up their barbarism and ransacked the neighborhood. By way of background, there are bands of hoods who...

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McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever
May18

McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever

Way back in April (this one fell through the cracks, sorry, we’re terrible people), Chicagoan Sawyer Morgenthaler turned seven years old.  Having a birthday during the COVID-19 lockdown is bad enough.  But since Master Morgenthaler lives in the South Loop, he couldn’t be treated to the celebratory suburban drive-by birthday parades that we see on the local TV news all the time.  Still, young Sawyer...

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5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
Nov23

5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

A lot of people aren’t going to work this week, so chances are you’re not reading this.  If you’ve buried your nose in your phone rather than listen to Uncle Earl lecture your mom — again — about how if it doesn’t say “USA” on the package, the turkey came from China, then read on to understand why there are so many architectural reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. John Hancock Center at...

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OHC Photos: Museum of Science and Industry
Nov08

OHC Photos: Museum of Science and Industry

There exists a scientific formula known as the Nike-Starbucks Coefficient. By comparing the amount of tread worn off of your sneakers with the amount of coffee consumed in mid-October, it’s possible to predict how many photographs you took during Open House Chicago. We can only speculate what the Nike-Starbucks Coefficient is for Jennifer Mishra of Wits End Photography, who shared with us her OHC pictures of the Museum of...

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OHC Photos: Wrigley Building
Nov07

OHC Photos: Wrigley Building

Small things can beget greatness. Look at the humble stick of chewing gum, which gave us the magnificent Wrigley Building. Jennifer Mishra of Wits End Photography got a chance to wander around the terra cotta gingerbread castle during the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago event, and shared these photographs. (And if your building’s sidewalk is polka-dotted with black ovals of discarded flavor, this is a...

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Photos: A Look Back at Open House Chicago
Nov05

Photos: A Look Back at Open House Chicago

If you were among the people who had to put a winter coat over your child’s Halloween costume when you went trick-or-treating, you might be pining for the halcyon days of mid-October already. To indulge your nostalgia for the days of near-past, here are some photographs from Open House Chicago, taken by Jennifer Mishra of Wits End Photography. Jennifer Mishra/Wits End Photography Jennifer Mishra/Wits End Photography Jennifer...

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2019 Stats and 2020 Open House Chicago Dates Announced
Nov04

2019 Stats and 2020 Open House Chicago Dates Announced

Chicago’s premiere architecture event continues to grow.  Numbers released by the Chicago Architecture Center show that 109,000 people attended last month’s Open House Chicago. The skyline during Open House Chicago. Photography was invented for cities like this. (Courtesy of Jennifer Mishra/Wits End Photography) That’s an eight percent increase in people over last year.  If you’re counting bodies through...

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10 Tips For Surviving Open House Chicago
Oct14

10 Tips For Surviving Open House Chicago

Chicago’s premiere architecture event is just days away.  And whether you’re a veteran of the views, or a newbie with a Nikon, there are plenty of things to keep in mind when embarking on this weekend of binge-arching. Recently we were asked for some pointers for getting the most out of Open House Chicago.  The smart thing to do is pick two or three places you want to see, then have a nice lunch and go home.  But...

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Architecture Party at the Water Tower!  No, Really.
Aug26

Architecture Party at the Water Tower! No, Really.

If you’ve looked at the “Hang in there, kitty!” calendar tacked to your cubicle partition you may have noticed that posted in proximity to the perilously pendulous puss is a fat red circle around Saturday, September 14th. As a good student of Chicago architecture, we don’t have to tell you what that day means.  But in case you spent the majority of freshman history class doodling cranes and girders protruding...

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