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OHC is about more than buildings.

Many Open House Chicago sites offer special events and programs during OHC weekend, including guided tours, talks, interactive activities and musical performances. Our cultural partners Access Contemporary Music, NON:op Open Opera Works, and Plein Air Painters Chicago will also be present at several sites to enrich the visitor experience. Full details of these cultural programs are listed below and on individual site listing pages.

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Architects On Site at 465 North Park

Learn more about this building from the architects who designed it!

Date and location:

465 North Park Apartments

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-5pm

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Architects from Pappageorge Haymes Partners will be on site at 465 North Park each day to discuss the design of the building and answer questions from OHC visitors.

Plein Air Painters of Chicago Paint On-Site at the Airstream Building

See the Plein Air Painters of Chicago painting live at four different OHC sites.

Date and location:

Airstream Building

Sat, Oct 19: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Sun, Oct 20: 1:00pm-5:00pm

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Members of Plein Air Painters of Chicago, a membership organization dedicated to painting urban and landscape scenes in Chicago, will paint on-site at four OHC sites: the Airstream Building, Colvin House, the Glunz Tavern, and the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Plein air artists paint outdoors and typically complete a painting while on-site. Completed paintings will provide a unique visual record of Open House Chicago and will be available for sale, either through the individual artist or at PAPC shows.

Live Screen Printing

See All Star Press’ print shop in action!

Date and location:

All Star Press

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-3pm

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View the entire print process from color matching to final product! All Star Press’ print crew will be on hand to run our semi-automatic screen print press and answer all your printing questions.

Fall Fest 2019

Enjoy glassblowing and ceramic art demos along with whiskey tasting, fair trade treats and vendors!

Date and location:

ArtReach Chicago

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am-5pm

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Fall Fest events/demos are all day. Whiskey tasting with Heaven's Door and other treats will be provided from 3-5pm each day. Participants in the whiskey tasting must be 21 or older. Come by our studio for a weekend of glassblowing and ceramic demos, a glass pumpkin patch, hot cider and cocoa, work from local Chicago fair trade vendors and much more!

BLOOD LINES: Remembering the 1919 Chicago Race Riot

Engage with an immersive installation by NON:op Open Opera Works, and learn about the history of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot at architect Edward Dart’s Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-5pm

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The Blood Lines installation remembers the 1919 Chicago Race Riot and those who died in the uprising of that "red summer”. The 38 deaths attributed to the riot are represented by 15 long wires placed above the center aisle to separate Augustana Lutheran Church’s nave into two parts. Each wire is connected to a wooden sculpture, a mechanical activation system, and a sound resonator. The sustained sounds of the wires are tuned and timed to correspond to the distance in space and time from Eugene Williams' drowning to each subsequent death. In addition, visitors may view the death locations on a street map recreated on the floor of the nave, read contemporary accounts and police reports of the riot deaths, add to a timeline tracing over 500 years of slavery and racism in America, and look at the sound composition and death timeline score. On each hour, a 15 minute wire performance will take place throughout OHC weekend.

Saturday’s performance and live reading is expected to run for 1 hour starting at 1pm.

Ascension Choir Rehearsal

Observe Dr. Benjamin Rivera preparing the Ascension Choir for a Solemn High Mass

Sun, Oct 20: 10am

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Under the direction of the Choirmaster, Dr. Benjamin Rivera, the Ascension Choir offers a different choral mass setting each Sunday from Michaelmas (late September) through Corpus Christi (June). Sunday rehearsals with the all-professional choir typically begin with preparation of the Schola to chant the Latin Propers from the Graduale Romanum after which the full choir prepares the day’s mass setting and one or more motets. This mass is typically in the Kyrie, Sanctus et Benedictus and Agnus Dei, and Gloria and Credo settings.

Coffee Hour

Meet and Visit with Ascension Members

Sun, Oct 20: 12:30pm-1:30pm

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Coffee, pastries and fellowship are the main features of Church of the Ascension Episcopal’s weekly coffee hour. Open House Chicago guests are invited to join and Ascension members will be more than happy to share impressions and answer questions – or to direct you to someone who can.

Mass for Healing, Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist

Mass with Anointing and Prayers for Healing

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-10:45am

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The weekly Mass for Healing includes an invitation to anointing and prayers for any who wish them, including guests. Communion is available for all who are baptized in any tradition (but is optional). Session will commemorate the witness of St. Luke the Evangelist, author of one of the four Gospels. Mass is roughly 40 minutes long.

Pipe Organ Demonstration by Organist David White

Demonstration of the 64-Rank Schlicker Pipe Organ with Q&A

Sat, Oct 19: 1pm-1:30pm, 4pm-4:30pm

Sun, Oct 20: 1pm-1:30pm, 4pm-4:30pm

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Organist David White will introduce and demonstrate Ascension’s 64-rank Schlicker pipe organ in the loft at the west end of the church. He will explain and demonstrate the instrument’s placement in the liturgical space and its versatility for sacred music and concertizing. He will also share information about significant work performed on the instrument in 1984, 2001 and 2018-2019.

Solemn High Mass

Ascension’s Weekly Solemn High Mass

Sun, Oct 20: 11am–12:30pm

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Guests are welcome to worship with parishioners at our weekly Solemn High Mass, a mass in traditional Roman Tridentine form with three sacred ministers (celebrant, deacon and sub-deacon) the full Ascension Choir and organ, chanting and incense. All baptized Christians from any tradition, including OHC guests, are welcomed to receive the Sacrament at the Communion. Docents will be available throughout the Liturgy in the narthex (vestibule) to answer questions.All Open House Chicago visitors are welcomed to come and go at leisure from the back few pews of the church. Photos and videos are prohibited during mass. Please silence cell phones and remain quiet upon entry.

Tour of the Convent of St. Anne

Open House at the Convent of St. Anne

Sat, Oct 19: 2pm-4pm

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The Convent of St. Anne was built at the end of the 1920s and features high ceilings, some impressive woodwork and many religious objects of interest. The entire first floor and the second floor chapel will be open to visitors. The Superior of the Order of St. Anne, Mother Judith Marie, OSA, will be available to answer questions about the Order and about the convent.

Plein Air Painters of Chicago Paint On-Site at Colvin House

See the Plein Air Painters of Chicago painting live at four different OHC sites.

Date and location:

Colvin House

Sat, Oct 19: 10:00am-2:00pm

Sun, Oct 20: 11:00am-5:00pm

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Members of Plein Air Painters of Chicago, a membership organization dedicated to painting urban and landscape scenes in Chicago, will paint on-site at four OHC sites: the Airstream Building, Colvin House, the Glunz Tavern, and the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Plein air artists paint outdoors and typically complete a painting while on-site. Completed paintings will provide a unique visual record of Open House Chicago and will be available for sale, either through the individual artist or at PAPC shows.

"Once Upon A Stein..." Art Exhibit

“Once Upon A Stein…Bier Steins and the Stories They Tell” is a delicious exhibit sure to please many pallets.

Sat, Oct 19: 12pm-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-5pm

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Do you think you know a beer stein when you see one? They are more than just cups; "typisch deutsch" with ornate lids and handles. Expand your idea of what makes a beer stein at our exhibit "Once Upon A Stein... Beer Steins and the Stories They Tell". The exhibition is located in our Scharpenberg Gallery. Bring a fellow beer lover to the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and examine highlights from our stein collection. Shown in all shapes and sizes, these cups are sure to spark conversations about health, gender, work, leisure, and more. After you view the exhibit, head upstairs to the 5th floor for a beer and a pretzel at our indoor Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy live entertainment from Lakeside Pride Musical Ensembles. Free Parking is located at 5/3 Bank at the intersection of Western and Gunnison.

Oktoberfest - Indoor Biergarten

Music, dancing, beer and pretzels abound at our indoor German Biergarten!

Sat, Oct 19: 12pm-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-5pm

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Come, explore and celebrate at the DANK Haus! Our 5th floor ballroom will be decorated for a traditional Oktoberfest celebration complete with a polka band! Our stage will host performances on both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm by Lakeside Pride Musical Ensembles. After you explore our architectural gem, drop by for a pretzel and beer at Chicago's only 3 day indoor Oktoberfest and Biergarten! Our venue is family friendly. Our Haus is Your Haus!

A Personal Account of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial

Chicago Conspiracy Trial: A Juror's Story

Date and location:

Edgewater History Museum

Sun, Oct 20: 2pm-4pm

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Marjorie Fritz-Birch will give a 30-minute talk about her mother's ordeal in serving on the jury of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial in which eight men were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot at the infamous 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Jean Fritz was an apolitical housewife who played a critical role in sparing Abbie Hoffman and other defendants prison time. The trial, which began 50 years ago this fall, is considered by many to be one of the most important political trials in U.S. history. The presentation will walk participants through the exhibit and provide unique insights into the marathon trial and its impact on Fritz's life.

AURAL ARCHITECTURE: Listening is the Other Half of How We Know

Explore the aural architecture of three distinct spaces in the Elks National Memorial with NON:op Open Opera Works and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Date and location:

Elks National Memorial

Sat, Oct 19: 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am, 12pm, 2pm

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The Elks National Memorial contains three distinct architectural spaces to explore: the rotunda in the memorial hall, the grand reception hall, and the umbrella room. In each location, participants will be invited to notice the unique aural and visual properties, to listen to and learn about the wealth of sensory information, and to take part in activities specific to each location. These include a relaxation exercise, listening to the ambient sound of each room, experimenting with resonance and frequency, whispering and making your own sounds, and some surprising acoustic effects based on the geometry of the architecture. We will also talk about how the numerous surfaces, objects, materials, and shapes of complex environments contribute to create an aural architecture unique to each space.

Brewery Tour

Guided tour with tastings by Eris Brewery & Cider House owner

Date and location:

Eris Brewery & Cider House

Sat, Oct 19: 12:30pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12:30pm

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Pink mill? Juice portal? Secret rooms? There has to be some good stories there. Take a free tour of Eris Brewery & Cider House’s beer and cider production areas. The owners will touch on Eris' backstory, history of the building, improvements and repurposing, and their approach to brewing and cider. While you’re there, enjoy a sample of the products brewed on site.

OHC Teen Ambassadors at First Church of Deliverance

Hear the Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Ambassadors interpret Bronzeville’s historic buildings for the public.

Date and location:

First Church of Deliverance

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-2pm

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The 2019 Teen Ambassadors program highlighted historic buildings in Bronzeville. The group studied the neighborhood, explored its rich history through visits to significant architectural sites, interviews with local residents and archival research. Upon completing their field research, the Ambassadors worked in small groups to create a series of short audio podcasts about three sites: the Bronzeville Forum, First Church of Deliverance and Overton Elementary School. On the Saturday (10/19) of Open House Chicago weekend, the Ambassadors return to Bronzeville to help interpret their buildings for the public. The Chicago Architecture Center’s OHC Teen Ambassadors program encourage high school students to investigate architecture through the lens of local history and culture.

Growing Home's First Annual Harvest Fest

Join us for an evening of Fun, Family activities, Food! Free and open to the public

Sat, Oct 19: 12pm-3pm

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Join Growing Home at its Annual Harvest Fest. The event brings residents, kids, community partners, foodies together for an afternoon of Fall Fun. The event gives Growing Home the opportunity to give back to our residents and community. The event features: Food Truck, Farm Stand, local vendors, activities for the kids (face painting, bouncy house etc.), and resources for the community.

Plein Air Painters of Chicago Paint On-Site at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral

See the Plein Air Painters of Chicago painting live at four different OHC sites.

Sat, Oct 19: 10:00am-4:00pm

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Members of Plein Air Painters of Chicago, a membership organization dedicated to painting urban and landscape scenes in Chicago, will paint on-site at four OHC sites: the Airstream Building, Colvin House, the Glunz Tavern, and the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Plein air artists paint outdoors and typically complete a painting while on-site. Completed paintings will provide a unique visual record of Open House Chicago and will be available for sale, either through the individual artist or at PAPC shows.

Restaurant & Bar Opening featuring Blues Musician Corey Dennison

Visit the House of Blues for food, drinks and live music!

Date and location:

House of Blues

Sun, Oct 20: 2pm

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The full menu available and live music on the Blues on the Back Porch Stage by local Blues Musician, Corey Dennison!

Restaurant & Bar Opening featuring Blues Musician Keithen Banks

Visit the House of Blues for food, drinks and live music!

Date and location:

House of Blues

Sat, Oct 19: 11am

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The full menu available and live music on the Blues on the Back Porch Stage by local Blues Musician, Keithen Banks!

World Famous Gospel Brunch

Brunch and live music at the House of Blues!

Date and location:

House of Blues

Sat, Oct 19: 10am

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A Foot Stompin’ Good time! Enjoy the explosive energy of a Live Gospel Choir and a fresh all-you-can-eat buffet. Fun for all ages! Catch the live choir at 10am and 12:30pm. Buy tickets here.

Indian Boundary West Ridge Artists Showcase.

The West Ridge Artists present the work of community visual artists in the Indian Boundary Nature Play Center Building

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am-4pm

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The West Ridge Artists, part of the West Ridge Community Organization will present the work of community visual artists.Indian Boundary Nature Play Center Building can be found at the north/west corner of Indian Boundary Park.

“Dearly Departed” TV Show Premiere Screening

Episode one of “Dearly Departed” was predominantly filmed at the Ingersoll-Blackwelder House in Morgan Park by the incredible educational not-for-for profit Fresh Films. Join us for the screening and reception at the home.

Date and location:

Ingersoll-Blackwelder House

Sat, Oct 19: 6pm

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Join us during Open House Chicago for a special screening of the first episode of Dearly Departed, a Fresh Films production about a girl who inherits an old bed & breakfast - and some unexpected supernatural abilities! The show was produced by young filmmakers from Chicago's south and west sides and filmed primarily at the historic Ingersoll-Blackwelder House in the Morgan Park neighborhood.Following the screening, there will be a reception with the show's filmmakers and actors. About the show: After April's grandmother passes away, April and her mother inherit the old woman's Victorian inn. As the two get settled into their new home, April quickly realizes that they are not alone. However, getting her mother to believe her is a whole different story! Join April as she steps into the supernatural world in this heartwarming, funny, suspense-filled series! Limited space available. RSVP here (insert link - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dearly-departed-tv-show-premiere-screening-tickets-70953456699?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing)

Meditation with Monks

Meditate with monks in a serene and supportive atmosphere

Sat, Oct 19: 5:15am-7am

Sun, Oct 20: 5:15am-7am

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Take a break from the ordinary to connect with the ancient sounds of mantra meditation. Done in the early morning before the distractions of the day take hold, this guided meditation will give you the necessary perspective you need to get your day off to a great and energizing start. Monks will be there to assist you in the meditation process so you can learn techniques and practices that you can take home with you to incorporate into your everyday life.

Sunday Love Feast

An open program featuring musical meditation, thoughtful discourse, and of course, a feast!

Sun, Oct 20: 5pm-8pm

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This fifty year old tradition is a feast for the senses and the stomach, where everyone is invited to partake in the joy of spontaneous music, dance, thought-provoking discussions, friendly faces and a sumptuous feast.

Irish American Heritage Center: Your Home For Irish Culture

The Irish American Heritage Center's halls are alive with the sights and sounds of Irish culture, featuring, music, dance, art, language and drama at Open House Chicago.

Date and location:

Irish American Heritage Center

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-6pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am-5pm

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During Open House Chicago at the IAHC, guided tours take you through our building to see what goes on at one of the largest Irish cultural centers in the US. The annual iBAM! Irish Books, Arts, and Music celebration also takes place on Saturday only. Programs each day include music from internationally-acclaimed Irish musicians, food and drink in our traditional Irish pub, Irish dance lessons, films from Dublin’s renowned Irish Film Institute, pop-up theatre performances, art, language and genealogy workshops and curated art installations.

Emerald City Theatre presents readings of Corduroy

Emerald City Theatre presents readings of Corduroy, the classic book about a bear, a button, and a place to belong.

Sat, Oct 19: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm

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On Saturday, Emerald City Theatre will present lively readings of Corduroy, the classic book about a bear, a button, and a place to belong. Each performance is approximately 30 minutes. This activity is part of the Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residences, made possible by the generosity of the Bayless Family Foundation, with additional support from the Millennium Park Foundation and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Endowment at Millennium Park Foundation, in conjunction with the summer-long Family Fun Festival. The Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residences are presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

OHC Family Festival

Come learn more about the design of Jay Pritzker Pavilion and create your own sculptural structure!

Sat, Oct 19: 12pm-4pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-4pm

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, this engineering marvel features a billowing brushed stainless steel headdress standing 120 feet high. Come learn more about the design of this Chicago icon. Includes a free make-and-take project to create your own sculptural structure, great for ages 6-12!

Health Fair and Blood Drive

Visit the Jefferson Masonic Temple’s Health Fair and Blood Drive!

Date and location:

Jefferson Masonic Temple

Sat, Oct 19: 9am-1pm

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Health Fair and Blood Drive advocates for health and wellness in the community. Visitors are welcome to donate blood or get a flu shot. Vendors specialize in areas of acupuncture, meditation, massage therapy and digestive health.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Pancake breakfast to raise money for AED equipment.

Date and location:

Jefferson Masonic Temple

Sun, Oct 20: 9am-11am

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Join Jefferson Masonic Temple for a Pancake Breakfast! All money raised will go towards purchasing a AED for the building. $7:00 for Adults, $5:00 for kids ages 10 and up.

“Honoring the Masters” Art Exhibit by Chicago Society of Artists

This exhibition by the Chicago Society of Artists is a tribute to the old masters

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-4pm

Sun, Oct 20: 11am-4pm

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Visit John H. Vanderpoel Art Association for Chicago Society of Artists’ exhibition “Honoring the Masters” and join the Chicago Society of Artists for a reception on Sunday 10/20/19 from 2-4pm.

Jazz

Enjoy live jazz by local musicians

Date and location:

Lab on Lake

Sun, Oct 20: 2pm-4pm

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Lab on Lake hosts live jazz music provided by local pianist Gary Marks from 2pm-4pm Sunday, October 20th

An Afternoon of Organ Music

Enjoy an informal program of organ music and hymn singing as you explore Luther Memorial’s sanctuary.

Date and location:

Luther Memorial Church

Sat, Oct 19: 1pm-2pm

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Organist Leo Meere will present musical selections from a variety of styles to showcase the versatility of Luther Memorial Church's Rodgers Digital Organ. Those in attendance can also request some of their favorite hymns. Visitors are free to drop in or explore our historic building during this afternoon of music.

Cafe Luther - Lutherans Who Lunch

Enjoy a time-honored tradition: Lutheran church lunch!

Date and location:

Luther Memorial Church

Sat, Oct 19: 11am-2pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-2pm

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Lutherans have long been known for their "church basement" luncheons. Did you know there are over 50 "Lutheran" cookbooks available on Amazon? Get in on the Lutheran lunch action at LMC Women's Ministries' Cafe located on our Lower Level. Take a break between your Open House Chicago visits and refuel with your purchase of a complete sloppy joe lunch (sandwich, chips and a drink) and/or some delicious baked goods. All proceeds will benefit ELCA World Hunger and the various activities of LMC's Women's Ministries.

Latin Jazz Piano

Enjoy a solo Latin jazz concert by Chicago pianist/vocalist Liza Micelli

Date and location:

Luther Memorial Church

Sun, Oct 20: 1pm-2pm

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If you enjoy Latin jazz and world music, please join us for a special concert with celebrated musician Liza Micelli in the grand acoustics of Luther Memorial Church. Liza, who spent six years studying at the conservatory of music in Puerto Rico, recently ended a four-year run as the principal pianist on the hit Fox Network Television show Empire. You'll hear original music from her latin jazz album, "La Gran Dictadora," and standard favorites from the likes of composers Chucho Valdes, Rafael Hernandez and West African vocalist Mayra Andrade. To hear and read more about Liza, please visit (insert link) LizaMicelli.com.

Why the North Branch is So Straight

Learn about how the lazy meandering North Branch was forced to adapt to a growing city.

Date and location:

Luther Memorial Church

Sun, Oct 20: 5pm-6pm

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Dick Lanyon will present on the huge public works project that is now known as the North Shore Channel. Lanyon will be available to answer questions afterwards. Background Information: Part of the larger important work to remove and keep sewage from flowing into Lake Michigan, the North Branch between Belmont and Lawrence avenues had to be changed. The flow of the Chicago River was reversed in 1900 to keep the river from polluting the lake, but there were sewers in Edgewater, Evanston, Lakeview and Rogers Park discharging sewage into the lake. It became necessary to sacrifice the river to save the lake, by intercepting the sewage in those sewers and sending it to the river. More than that, a channel was needed north of Lawrence Avenue to receive more sewage from growing Edgewater, Evanston and Rogers Park neighborhoods. Thus, between 1904 and 1911 the North Shore Channel was constructed and the North Branch north of Belmont was straightened, deepened and widened.

Solemn Vespers

Celebrate the Divine Office of Vespers with monastic chants and polyphonic Renaissance works performed by the Monastery of the Holy Cross’ choir!

Date and location:

Monastery of the Holy Cross

Sat, Oct 19: 5:15pm

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Solemn Vespers (evening prayer) with choir performing rarely-heard masterworks of Renaissance polyphony, joining the chanted prayer of the monks. All are welcome; guests may be able to attend as they would attend a concert, with no compunction to participate in liturgical aspects.

Abbey Caskets End of Life Seminar

Informational seminar for planning end of life needs

Date and location:

Monastery of the Holy Cross

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-12pm

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Informational seminar for planning end of life needs, focusing on affordable and dignified options provided by Abbey Caskets, for which the monastery is the exclusive Chicago distributor.

Benedictine Life: Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work)

What do contemplative monks do?—a short talk will explain the basics of Benedictine life.

Date and location:

Monastery of the Holy Cross

Sat, Oct 19: 2pm

Sun, Oct 20: 2pm

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A short talk to explain the essence of Benedictine life. One of the monks will provide insight into contemplative life, following an ancient monastic rule, in a modern, urban setting. They will be available for questions or comments.

Architects On Site at Motley School Apartments

Learn more about this building from the architects who led its renovation!

Date and location:

Motley School Apartments

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am-5pm

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Architects from Pappageorge Haymes Partners will be on site at the Motley School Apartments each day to discuss their work to transform this historic former school building into apartments.

Tales of the Tombstones

Meet one of the characters featured in the OPRF Historical Society's Forest Home Cemetery Walk

Date and location:

Oak Park River Forest Museum

Sat, Oct 19: 11am-2pm

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Each year on the third Sunday in October, the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest sponsors a walk through Forest Home Cemetery with costumed interpreters who bring to life one of the many interesting characters buried there. OHC visitors will get a sneak peak and the opportunity to visit with one of them.

OHC Teen Ambassadors at Overton Business & Technology Incubator

Hear the Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Ambassadors interpret Bronzeville’s historic buildings for the public.

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-2pm

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The 2019 Teen Ambassadors spent eight days studying Bronzeville, exploring its rich history through visits to significant architectural sites, interviews with local residents and archival research. Upon completing their field research, the Ambassadors worked in small groups to create a series of short audio podcasts about three sites: the Forum, First Church of Deliverance and Overton Elementary School. The Chicago Architecture Center’s OHC Teen Ambassadors program encourage high school students to investigate architecture through the lens of local history and culture.

OHC Food Destination

Refuel with local dishes, coffee, and beverages at one of Chicago's Landmarks. Revival Food Hall offers a wide variety of local dishes from 16 different Chicago restaurants.

Date and location:

Revival Food Hall

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-4pm

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Refuel with local dishes, coffee, and beverages at one of Chicago's Landmarks. Revival Food Hall offers a wide variety of local dishes from 15 Chicago restaurants including: Revival Cafe Bar Aloha Poke Co Lito's Empanadas Antique Taco Chiquito Brown Bag Seafood Co. The Budlong Danke Farmer's Fridge The Fat Shallot Art of Dosa Furious Spoon Graze Dante's Pizzeria HotChocolate Bakery Smoque BBQ

LEED Tours

A behind the scenes look One Rotary Center's LEED status

Sat, Oct 19: 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Sun, Oct 20: 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

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Used to set the standard for efficient and cost-saving green buildings, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is recognized around the world. On this tour, you'll get a special, backstage look at how One Rotary Center maintains it's status as a world leader in energy efficiency. RSVP is required, please RSVP here: https://rotary.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3z5U2htwMLS5mBf Tours will last approximately 30 minutes. All participants must be over 16, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Fisk Organ & Carillon Demonstration

Come listen to a demonstration of the Fisk Organ followed by the Carillon.

Sat, Oct 19: 12:30pm-1pm

Sun, Oct 20: 1pm-2pm

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St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church will provide a demonstration of their Fisk Organ, Opus and Carillon. The Fisk Organ case is made of African mahogany and it's front pipes are of polished hammered lead. The keydesk has 58 keys CC-a3, naturals of cowbone, sharps of ebony. The church's Carillon was installed in 1927 and is one of the oldest in the country and the second oldest in the Midwest. As visitors are touring the church listen to the expressive sounds of the Organ and Carillon.

Jazz Vespers

Jazz performance with Peter Schwendener and Dan Delorenzo

Date and location:

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Sun, Oct 20: 4pm

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Hear the jazz stylings of Peter Schwendener on piano and Dan Delorenzo on bass. This program is free and open to all.

Pipe Organ Demonstrations

Listen in on pipe organ demonstrations at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Date and location:

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Sat, Oct 19: 11am,12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

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Pipe organ demonstrations will take place every hour from 11am-3pm on Saturday and 12pm-3pm on Sunday.

Los Angelitos Children's Choir

The Spanish language children's choir will perform a concert of sacred and secular music.

Sun, Oct 20: 2:30pm-3pm

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St. Mary of the Lake was one of the first parishes in Chicago to offer Spanish language services and programming. The Los Angelitos, under the direction of Alma Cerda, are a group of youth that support liturgical and social celebrations in the parish and local community. In addition to singing, most members also play musical instruments that allow them to accompany themselves. Program is expected to run for 30 minutes.

Organ and Electronic Bell System Tour and Performance

Discover the Secrets of the Schulmerich Bell Console and Kilgen Pipe Organ

Sat, Oct 19: 2:30pm

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Deacon Paul Spalla will lead a special tour featuring performances on both the Kilgen Pipe Organ and Schulmerich Electronic Bell Console. The Kilgen company in several incarnations operated for over 100 years, the last iteration closed in 1960 in St. Louis. George Schulmerich, of Sellersville, PA, invented his bell console in the 1930's. This popular system doesn't actually use bells and was a very popular alternative to bronze church bells.

Historic Pipe Organ Demonstration

A live demonstration and short performance on the historic Lyon & Healy (Opus 80) pipe organ

Sat, Oct 19: 11am

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm

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The Lyon & Healy Company of Chicago built and installed the organ in November 1901. It is one of the first electro-pneumatic instruments of its kind and was the third largest instrument built by the firm. The organ sounds much as it did at the turn of the previous century and remains a classic example of a Romantic-American organ. The organ has 50 ranks, numbering just under 3,000 pipes, that are distributed over swell, great, and choir divisions. Many unique orchestral stops such as the bell clarinet and nine ranks of strings contribute to the grand symphonic tonality of the instrument.

Black Samurai: South Side Warriors

Black Samurai honors the legacy of Tornado School of Martial Arts, which was located next door to the Stony Island Arts Bank in the 1980s.

Date and location:

Stony Island Arts Bank

Sun, Oct 20: 2pm-4pm

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Black Samurai honors the legacy of Tornado School of Martial Arts. Tornado served as a Midwestern satellite school for African Americans across the country. It was founded by Gregory Jaco in 1981. Sensei Jaco provided martial arts training to over 2000 Chicago youth until 2004. This program will begin with a screening of South Side Warriors, followed by a discussion with Tornado students, moderated by Ayesha Jaco.

About South Side Warriors: South Side Warriors is the first documentary to examine the vibrant martial arts scene on Chicago’s South Side. Focusing on two different schools with long histories, the film chronicles how the Asian martial arts have been adopted and adapted by African Americans. More than athletics, on the South Side, martial arts becomes a source of mentorship and self care.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-samurai-south-side-warriors-tickets-76081843843

Soundrotation Presents AfroRhythmic: A Felabration

DJ Set and African Dance Party

Date and location:

Stony Island Arts Bank

Sun, Oct 20: 5pm-9pm

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Soundrotation and Rebuild Foundation present a special edition of Sunday Service.

In observation of what would have been the 81st birthday of Nigerian music pioneer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, join resident DJ Duane Powell as he curates a musical journey centered around the drum and African rhythms. Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazil, AfroHouse, Gqom, Broken beat etc as well as classics from Fela Kuti's vast catalog.

Also, we'll be treated to a special performance from Ayodele Drum & Dance

Bringing your drums, tambourines, shekeres, percussive instruments and dancing spirit is suggested and highly recommended. Cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages will be for sale.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1003995509942426/

Art talk by Curt Aspelin

Learn more about "The Master of Nordic Mythology"

Date and location:

Swedish American Museum

Sun, Oct 20: 4pm-6pm

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As part of Andersonville Arts Week, art collector and personal friend of Swedish artist Bengt Lindström, Curt Aspelin will talk about the artist, his work and the story that developed after his death. Join Swedish American Museum for this fascinating and captivating talk.

Thalia Hall Historical Tour + Brunch

Join us for brunch and a guided tour of Thalia Hall

Date and location:

Thalia Hall

Sat, Oct 19: 11am

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We are offering a guided tour of Thalia Hall on Saturday Open House Chicago! Fill up on Michelin starred brunch before or after the 11am tour. Brunch reservations can be made between 9am and 3pm at dusekschicago.com/reservations. Please add "Thalia Hall Historical Tour" to your reservation notes.

KOVAL Distillery Tastings at The Blackstone

Join us for complimentary tastings with KOVAL Distillery

Date and location:

The Blackstone Hotel

Sun, Oct 20: 1pm-5pm

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Come celebrate two Chicago icons during Open House Chicago. Re-opened on Chicago's Cultural Mile in 2008, The Blackstone celebrates its history with a clever and contemporary attitude. Established in 2008, KOVAL is Chicago's first distillery since Prohibition and one of America’s leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers. The Blackstone and KOVAL came together to create a hand-selected Bourbon for hotel. Try The Blackstone Bourbon plus other spirits by KOVAL in the foyer outside the Crystal Ballroom. Must be 21+ for tastings. Attendees will be required to show identification.

Musical Performance

An ACM composer has written new music inspired by the Forum's rich history

Date and location:

The Forum

Sat, Oct 19: 12pm-3pm

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Access Contemporary Music has worked with Open House Chicago since its inception to commission composers to write music inspired by landmark spaces. We then place musicians in the buildings to perform the music every fifteen minutes throughout a three-hour window. Composer Trevor Patrick Watkin has written a piece for The Forum that pays homage to the site's unique history and importance in the history of our city. The work is scored for trumpet, violin, cello and bass.

OHC Teen Ambassadors at The Forum

Hear the Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Ambassadors interpret Bronzeville’s historic buildings for the public.

Date and location:

The Forum

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-2pm

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The 2019 Teen Ambassadors program highlighted historic buildings in Bronzeville. The group studied the neighborhood, explored its rich history through visits to significant architectural sites, interviews with local residents and archival research. Upon completing their field research, the Ambassadors worked in small groups to create a series of short audio podcasts about three sites: the Bronzeville Forum, First Church of Deliverance and Overton Elementary School. The Chicago Architecture Center’s OHC Teen Ambassadors program encourage high school students to investigate architecture through the lens of local history and culture.

Plein Air Painters of Chicago Paint On-Site at the Glunz Tavern

See the Plein Air Painters of Chicago painting live at four different OHC sites.

Sat, Oct 19: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10:00am-5:00pm

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Members of Plein Air Painters of Chicago, a membership organization dedicated to painting urban and landscape scenes in Chicago, will paint on-site at four OHC sites: the Airstream Building, Colvin House, the Glunz Tavern, and the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Plein air artists paint outdoors and typically complete a painting while on-site. Completed paintings will provide a unique visual record of Open House Chicago and will be available for sale, either through the individual artist or at PAPC shows.

Cabaret/Variety Performances

Pop-up performances and mini-lessons on-site.

Date and location:

The Newport Theater

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-3pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am-3pm

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Get a taste for the productions at the Newport Theater by enjoying spontaneous performances onstage featuring some of Chicago's best and brightest variety/nightlife performers. You may even learn a thing or two in our attached dance studio!

Chat with UE Hall muralist

Lead muralist John Pitman Weber will be on hand to answer questions about the creative process that resulted in this mural.

Date and location:

UE Hall

Sat, Oct 19: 1pm-3pm

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John Pitman Weber was lead muralist on the interior mural along with the late Jose Guerrero. John will be on hand to answer questions the creative process from conception, through design, to painting, that resulted in the mural spread across multiple floors and having to resolve a variety of architectural impediments. John was a founder of the Chicago Public Art Group and its predecessor, the Chicago Mural Group, and thus will also be able to discuss larger questions of the role of public art in society.

Worship Celebration

Worship Celebration with historic Skinner organ

Date and location:

United Church of Hyde Park

Sun, Oct 20: 10:30am

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Please join United Church of Hyde Park for a one hour Worship Celebration where you can hear their historic Skinner organ. Take in it's inspirational message while enjoying the beauty of the sanctuary.

Bronzeville Bustle 5K Run + Walk

Enjoy a curated architectural tour of Bronzeville and Washington Park along this 5K run and walk!

Sat, Oct 19: 8:30am

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The Bronzeville Bustle 5K celebrates architecture and fitness along a curated running tour through Bronzeville and Washington Park. The race orients runners, walkers, and spectators with local architecture including schools, community centers, churches, businesses, and housing. The race kicks off near Washington Park and concludes at Overton Elementary School. Join us at the finish line for a design festival & participatory model-making workshop where you can revisit your favorite buildings from the race. The event is hosted by Could Be Architecture and Chicago Mobile Makers. Walk-in registration starts at 8:00am. Register here! (insert link - https://raceroster.com/events/2019/26213/bronzeville-bustle-5k-run-walk)

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