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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Open House Chicago Sets Records, Strains Necks
Oct29

Open House Chicago Sets Records, Strains Necks

If you were one of the 100,000 people who attended Open House Chicago earlier this month, congratulations!  You were part of a record setting event. Word out of the Chicago Architecture Foundation is that attendance for the city’s annual architecture festival reached six figures this year. Coincidentally, regional chiropractors report a 14% increase in “looking up”-style neck strain, dentists saw a 16% increase is...

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Big List: Here’s What’s New For Open House Chicago 2018
Sep11

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. 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...

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Happy Birthday, Giant Perplexing Picasso
Aug07

Happy Birthday, Giant Perplexing Picasso

Is it a woman?  Is it a cow?  Is it a baboon?  We will never know, because enigmatic artist Pablo Picasso took the answer to the grave with him, having never visited Chicago or seen the work he graced the city with. But this month is the 50th anniversary of the erection of Picasso’s gift to the city in what was then called Civic Center Plaza.  Ever since, tourists and locals have gazed into its narrow-set eyes and puzzled at...

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You Can Tour Chicagoland’s Largest Infrastructure Project
Jul27

You Can Tour Chicagoland’s Largest Infrastructure Project

People love taking tours of places that few can go.  And people love seeing the inner working of Chicago’s built environment.  Those are two reasons that the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago is such a big hit. If you’re the sort of person who looks forward to rare tours of constructed spaces, then the  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has an opportunity for you. For a few weekends,...

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