Have you ever walked by a building and thought,
I wish I could see what's inside?
Now you can.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is proud to present the third-annual Open House Chicago, a free, city-wide, behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces.
150 buildings will be open on October 19-20, 2013 (typically from 9am-5pm, check individual site listings for times). Explore repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, hotels, offices, community murals and more—all for free.
CAF inspires people to discover why design matters. Open House Chicago (OHC) gives you access to buildings that tell the stories of Chicago communities and cultures. By venturing into diverse neighborhoods for self-guided exploration, OHC participants come together to discover community and place.
OHC is completely free-of-charge—no registration or reservations are needed. So gather your friends, plan your itinerary and mark your calendar for October 19-20, 2013!
Download a copy of the 2012 Event Guide here. The 2013 Event Guide will be available in September 2013.
Downloadable Information Sheets from 2012
Plan your OHC experience
To browse the OHC sites from 2012, use the site list and map pages of this website or download a copy of the Open House Chicago 2012 Event Guide. This website will be updated with additional information regarding OHC 2013 in the summer. If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQs page.
Are you curious?
Open House Chicago: 150 cool places | 48 hours | Go.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and our community partners:
- Black Metropolis / Greater Bronzeville: Quad Communities Development Corporation
- Chinatown: Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
- Downtown: BOMA Chicago, Chicago Loop Alliance and GNMAA
- Garfield Park / North Lawndale: Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and Foundation for Homan Square
- Gold Coast
- Humboldt Park: Division Street Business Development Association and Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
- Hyde Park: South East Chicago Commission and the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
- Little Village: Enlace Chicago and the Little Village Chamber of Commerce
- Pilsen: The Resurrection Project
- Prairie Avenue District: Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
- Rogers Park/West Ridge: Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, West Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Rogers Park Business Alliance
- South Shore: South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Docent Council
- Uptown: Uptown United