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McCormick Place Rooftop Farm is a popular return open house site. (Chicago Architecture Foundation / Eric Allix Rogers)

After focusing on virtual and outdoor programming in 2020, Open House Chicago will take shape again in 2021, once again offering in-person and behind-the-scenes access to buildings and spaces normally closed to the public.

The free two-day architecture festival, produced by the Chicago Architecture Center for the 11th grade, is scheduled for October 16-17.

Over 100 venues across Chicago and adjacent suburbs will open their doors to visitors during the event, from skyscrapers to cultural centers, from private clubs to rooftop farms. An online searchable database will be continually updated as sites and details are added.

“Chicagoans love their city, and Open House Chicago is a reflection of that passion,” said Lynn Osmond, president and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Center, in a statement.

New buildings participating in Open House Chicago 2021 include the Sable Hotel at Navy Pier, the Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center, Quinn Chapel, and the Herman Miller Showroom, which recently moved from the Merchandise Mart to the Fulton Market.

To complement site visits, online programs will be offered throughout October and self-guided hiking trail maps will be available via the Open House Chicago mobile app from October 1 (download from the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store for Android).

The themed neighborhood trails, designed for walking or biking, unless otherwise noted, include old favorites such as “Beer Baron Row” in Wicker Park and “A Women’s History of Lincoln Park”. Several new features have been added to the 2021 program:

– Obamas in Hyde Park: highlighting the life of the Obamas in Hyde Park and Kenwood.

– Great Chicago Fire: recognition of the 150th anniversary of the fire (cycle or bicycle path).

– Helmut Jahn: A downtown loop of Jahn buildings and the Jahn exhibition of the architecture center.

– Uptown Entertainment District: Historic entertainment sites clustered near North Broadway and Lawrence Avenue in Uptown.

– Preservation in Chicago: Preservation victories and ongoing campaigns in Chicago.

The Chicago Architecture Center follows Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines requiring the use of masks indoors. Individual open house sites may have additional requirements for entry, such as proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, etc.

Below, check out images from some of the new venues participating in Open House Chicago 2021.

Penthouse in Hyde Park.  (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer) Penthouse in Hyde Park. (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer)

Illinois Holocaust Museum.  (Chicago Architecture Center / David Seide) Illinois Holocaust Museum. (Chicago Architecture Center / David Seide)

Quinn Chapel.  (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer)Quinn Chapel. (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer)

Hotel de Sable.  (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer)Hotel de Sable. (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer)

540 W. Madison.  (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer)540 W. Madison. (Chicago Architecture Center / Anna Munzesheimer)

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