“What is Open House Chicago?” by S.M. O’Connor

Sunday, October 14, 2018 is the second and last day of the eighth annual Open House Chicago (October 13-14, 2018).  Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center (C.A.C.), the operational arm of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (C.A.F.), it is a free festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 250 sites.  Download the 2018 Open House Chicago Event Guide here.

This year, Morgan Park, Beverly, and Austin joined the nearly thirty Chicago neighborhoods and two suburbs that host the sites, which include re-purposed mansions, skyscrapers, theaters, and churches.  Visit https://openhousechicago.org/ to get up-to-date information on sites and to plan one’s itinerary.

One of the highlights of the festival is that drawings and architectural drawings from the Simmerling Collection will be on display at the The Cliff Dwellers club from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  C.A.C. docents will be on hand to expound on the history of The Cliff Dwellers.  This is a private club, so members of the general public should take advantage of opportunities such as this one.[1]

Wintrust is the Presenting Sponsor.   “We’re thrilled that Wintrust, Chicago’s Bank, has signed on as Presenting Sponsor for OHC’s 2018, 2019 and 2020 festivals,” stated Lynn Osmond, President and C.E.O. of the C.A.F. on Monday, July 9, 2018. “Last year, nearly 100,000 Chicagoans from every neighborhood discovered hidden gems in our architecturally rich and culturally diverse communities. With Wintrust’s help, we can continue to help more Chicagoans discover our great neighborhoods.”

Use the hashtag #OHC2018 on social media.  The address of the Chicago Architecture Center is 111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601.  The Website is http://www.architecture.org/.

[1] Founded by a group led by Hamlin Garland in 1907 as the Attic Club, it was renamed the Cliff Club in 1909 and for decades was quartered at the top of Orchestra Hall (now called the Chicago Symphony Center).  In 1996, it moved to the twenty-second floor penthouse of 200 South Michigan (the former BorgWarner building) at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street, so it is next door to the Chicago Symphony Center overlooks The Art Institute of Chicago.

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