While it’s easy to appreciate Chicago’s historic and architecturally significant places of worship from outside, you’ll get a unique chance to also peek inside on October 19 and 20 during Open House Chicago. Curbed Chicago spoke with Eric Rogers, OHC and community outreach manager for the Chicago Architecture Center, to highlight some of the can’t-miss sacred spaces.
More than 90 churches, temples, and synagogues are taking part in this year’s free event. With so many good options, Rogers struggled to narrow it down to 16 favorites. He says he emphasized religious structures that have unusual architecture or are working to tackle important social issues. “It’s a genre I am very passionate about,” Rogers tells Curbed. “[Religious sites] tell the stories of the communities in which they exist, as well as what’s going on today.”
Beyond places of worship, this year’s OHC weekend includes access to 350 of the city’s most impressive skyscrapers, ornate theaters, and hidden cultural gems. To help plan your weekend, the Chicago Architecture Center lists all of the sites on their website and lets you filter by category. It even tells you which spots are expected to have the longest lines.Read More