A child adds to a wall of sketches at the architecture firm RTKL during OHC.

Donate to keep OHC free

Chicago is a city of 200 neighborhoods. By exploring new communities, we discover the complex cultures and histories of our city and ourselves.

In Open House Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation invites you to uncover the stories behind these neighborhoods. Open House Chicago is a free, annual weekend festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across the city. Explore repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels and more—all for free.

Keep Open House Chicago free and accessible to all by donating to the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Then, on October 18-19, 2014, join Chicagoans and visitors to get out there and see the city like never before!

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What participants said about the event

“Thank you for providing me with one of the best days in Chicago I have ever had. I’ve lived here for 30 years and saw places and neighborhoods I never knew existed.”

“Open House Chicago was like the Lollapalooza of Chicago architecture; so many choices, not enough time!”

“Open House Chicago was phenomenal! Well organized, incredibly informative, fabulous way to get to know Chicago.”

Open House Chicago sponsors

Kemper Corporation is the presenting sponsor of Open House Chicago. OHC is also supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works. Sponsors include the James S. Kemper Foundation, ComEd and the Chicago Transit Authority. Our media sponsors are the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, WBEZ 91.5 and Chicagoist. Additionally, over a dozen community partners worked with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to plan Open House Chicago.

CAF is proud to work with our sponsors to provide Chicagoans and visitors the chance to explore Chicago’s neighborhoods. Open House Chicago gives these companies the opportunity to showcase their civic pride and connect with a diverse audience of city residents, suburbanites and travelers. As the largest architectural event in the city, Open House Chicago also gives sponsors extensive brand activation opportunities. To learn more about sponsoring Open House Chicago, please contact us here.

Thank you to all our sponsors, community partners, members and volunteers for making Open House Chicago possible!