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Open House Chicago announces lineup of 350 sites, expansion to city’s Northwest Side

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The 2019 event will feature a special focus on Chicago’s theaters and performance spaces

A soaring two-level room with stone columns supporting balconies with details railings and light fixtures.
The ornae lobby of the Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre.
Photo by Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Architecture Center

This year’s edition of Open House Chicago features the biggest lineup of architectural treasures and hidden gems so far. Nearly 350 sites across 38 neighborhoods will open their doors to the public during the Chicago Architecture Center’s popular weekend-long event, set for October 19 and 20.

For the first time in nine years, Open House Chicago expands to Chicago’s Northwest side in Irving Park, Portage Park, and Jefferson Park. Highlights here include the Irish American Heritage Center, the Copernicus Center in the historic Gateway Theater building, and Eris Brewery and Cider House—which recently won a preservation award for restoring a former masonic temple.

Fans of the performing arts are in for a special treat at this year’s OHC. Dozens of famous and lesser-known venues including the James M. Nederlander Theatre, The Second City, the Green Line Performing Arts Center, and Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion will provide behind-the-scenes access in special collaboration with the Year of Chicago Theatre initiative.

An ornate auditorium with a stage and seating for 2,000 people.
In Jefferson Park, the 1930s-era Gateway Theater building was transformed into the Copernicus Center, a Polish cultural center, in 1981.
Photo by Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Architecture Center

Throughout the weekend, visitors can take advantage of complimentary access to the Chicago Architecture Center, located at 111 E. Wacker Drive. Check out OHC’s official website for the complete list of sites and a handy itinerary planning tool.

Open House Chicago is also a great time to consider a Chicago Architecture Center membership for exclusive access to member-only sites and the ability to skip the lines at the weekend’s most popular spots.