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There’s more to do than just get behind-the-scenes at OHC.

Check out these performances, exhibits, activities and architect tours at OHC sites during the weekend. 

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Open House Chicago: Family Fun Festival @ CAF

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 2pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 2pm

Activities for families.

Come to the Chicago Architecture Foundation (224 S. Michigan Ave.) and learn to look on OHC weekend! Just like you can read a book or look at a piece of art, you can learn to read and look at a building. Our Atrium Explore Guide will help kids and families discover the steel and stone surfaces of the Railway Exchange Building, or find their favorite skyscrapers in miniature on CAF's Chicago City Model. At LEGO® Inspiration Stations, take a hands-on look at the shapes of famous Chicago structures. Collaborate with other OHC kids and families and make a new city out of found objects.

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Access Contemporary Music

Sat, Oct 15: Colvin House 12-3pm, Florsheim Mansion 12-3pm

Classical musicians perform music inspired by OHC sites

Access Contemporary Music, a partner with Open House Chicago since the festival’s inception, has commissioned Chicago-based composers to write music inspired by a range of OHC spaces. For 2016, ACM brings musicians from its Palomar ensemble to two OHC sites, to perform their site-specific new pieces every 15 minutes. To find out more about ACM and Palomar, visit their website at

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Columbian Model & Exhibit Works

Sat, Oct 15: Chicago Architecture Foundation

Meet the people behind CAF's city model.

Get insider info on the largest, most up-to-date model of Chicago, direct from the staff of Columbian Model & Exhibit Works. They’ll be in the CAF atrium on Saturday of OHC, fielding queries and offering fresh perspective on the Chicago Model’s 1,100 buildings, how it was built, and how it’s maintained.


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Chicago Riverwalk with Ross Barney Architects

Sat, Oct 15: 10am-2pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am-2pm

Learn about the Chicago Riverwalk.

Come and meet staff from Ross Barney Architects, who'll be stationed on the Riverwalk level near the entrance to McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. They'll answer questions and talk with visitors about the Chicago Riverwalk, one of the city's most ambitious long-term public works projects.

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Pappageorge Haymes architects at Arc at Old Colony and Infinite

Sat, Oct 15: Infinite 10am-4pm

Sun, Oct 16: Arc at Old Colony 10am-4pm

Meet the restoration architects.

Architects from Pappageorge Haymes will be on site to talk about the restoration of two historic downtown office buildings that were recently transformed into student housing. 

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Wheeler Kearns Architects at 1611 West Division

Sat, Oct 15: 9am-5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 9am-5pm

Meet the architects.

Hang out with architects from Wheeler Kearns, the firm behind Chicago's very first official Transit Oriented Development (TOD) residential high-rise, and learn about the design of their eye-catching new building.

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Sam Prekop at Poetry Foundation

Sat, Oct 15: 1:30pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1:30pm

Musical performance.

On both Saturday and Sunday, guitarist and vocalist Sam Prekop of acclaimed rock bands The Sea and Cake and Shrimp Boat will perform a modular synthesizer piece to showcase the acoustics of the performance space.

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Live Model Painting at Oak Park Art League

Sun, Oct 16: 1-4pm

On Sunday, see a 95-year-old tradition in action: artists drawing and painting from a live model in the OPAL studio—the Oak Park Art League carriage house’s former hayloft.

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Art for Social Change: Behind the Wall

Sat, Oct 15: 9am-5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm-5pm

Featured Exhibition.

OPAL’s Carriage House Gallery presents Art for Social Change: Behind the Wall, a juried exhibition featuring artists and artwork from across Chicagoland. Its goal is to raise the awareness of issues surrounding domestic violence and reveal healing journeys from conflict to recovery. OPAL’s courtyard exhibition features a hybrid sculpture/architecture installation built by artists recovering from mental health challenges. Through its variety of materials and creative processes, it provides a portal to better understanding the pain, struggle and stigma associated with emotional and cognitive disorders.

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Historic Maxwell Street at UIC's University Hall

Sat, Oct 15: 9am-5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 9am-5pm

See historic displays, only during OHC weekend.

The Maxwell Street Foundation will present its limited-edition portfolio of Maxwell Street photographs on the 27th floor of UIC's University Hall (on the way to the 28th floor). The collection includes works by 11 Chicago photographers depicting Maxwell Street from 1937 to 2000. The Maxwell Street Foundation preserves and interprets the history of Chicago’s Maxwell Street for future generations.

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Studies in Light and Form: The Chicago Seven and the Michigan Avenue Bridge Sculptures at Elks National Memorial

Sat, Oct 15: 10am-4pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am-4pm

A larger-than-life art installation.

Visit the south hallway of the Elks National Memorial to see a large, 35-foot modular installation of six graphite drawings depicting the architectural and sculptural splendors around the southern end of the "Magnificent Mile.” The enormous Photorealist suite, which took 8000 hours over 25 years to complete, documents and celebrates the Roaring 20’s construction frenzy of granite, marble, limestone, brick and terra cotta-clad Neo-Classical, Gothic Revival, and Art Deco architecture. Artist Jack Nixon, a master of Realism, provides a uniquely contemporary view of architecture as art, and his work has been exhibited at many notable museums and art centers across the country.

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