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OHC 2020 includes more than 20 online programs, including celebrity-led virtual tours, expert panel discussions, OHC trivia night and more!

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Members Only: Open House Chicago 2020 Preview

CAC members are invited to attend this special sneak preview of the OHC 2020 mobile app and virtual programs. Ask questions and get recommendations to maximize your OHC 2020 experience!

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members (please log in during checkout to receive your discount)
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members (please log in during checkout to receive your discount)
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Note
The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

Open House Chicago 2020 Preview

Get a special sneak preview of the OHC 2020 mobile app and virtual programs. Ask questions and get recommendations to maximize your OHC 2020 experience!

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, $8 students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, $8 students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

OHC 2020 Trivia Night

To kick off 10 days of endless discoveries during Open House Chicago 2020, join fellow OHC devotees and special guests to compete in teams on trivia questions about Chicago places and spaces.

Price
$15 public, $10 for CAC members, $10 students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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Price
$15 public, $10 for CAC members, $10 students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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Past Program

Artmaking and Placemaking in Chicago Communities

OHC 2020 community partner Hyde Park Art Center co-convenes this roundtable discussion about artist-driven community activations, creative projects and placemaking across Chicago.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Past Program

Chicago Landmarking at 50: Past, Present and Future

Chicago’s historic preservation movement is now more than half a century old. Learn how local landmarking came into being and how its use and impact have gone far beyond preservation, with Chicago’s diverse Third Ward serving as a case study.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Past Program

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Gordon Gill

Exclusively for CAC members • Hear what inspired the design of the CAC and view the office of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture—located inside the iconic Inland Steel building—during this virtual tour with renowned architect Gordon Gill.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Note
The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

A New Vision for the Kenwood Line

Hear recent architecture school graduate Migel Santos’ fascinating proposal to revitalize a decommissioned rail line on the South Side, with hopes of boosting socioeconomic equity and neighborhood vitality.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Note
The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Free Street Theater

Exclusively for CAC members • Visit the curious, mural-filled rooms of the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse on this virtual tour with Free Street Theater, which is headquartered in the historic building.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Past Program

Women in Architecture Virtual Tour

Take a 45-minute live, virtual tour with CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag's in downtown Chicago to discover stunning buildings designed by female architects, including the Equitable Building, Aqua Tower and Vista Tower.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 19, 2020 at 10:00 am
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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 19, 2020 at 10:00 am
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Past Program

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Heather Ireland Robinson

Exclusively for CAC members • Join Jazz Institute of Chicago executive director Heather Ireland Robinson on a video tour through the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, where she grew up.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Past Program

Revitalized: What’s New and Cool on the River

Join CAC docents Lance Friedmann, Wayne Johnson, Kelly Jones and Alison Schlickman as they share highlights among the many new buildings, neighborhood developments and works of public art along the Chicago River.

Price
$8 public (includes CAC admission), FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Price
$8 public (includes CAC admission), FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Note
The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

Investment through Preservation in Roseland

After decades of disinvestment, could historic preservation be used as a tool to help rebuild vibrancy in the Roseland neighborhood? Find out at this roundtable discussion, co-convened with OHC 2020 community partner Preservation Chicago.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Past Program

Get to Know Your House: Rogers Park Edition

Based on the CAC’s popular "Get to Know Your House" series, this program provides attendees with tips for researching their historic homes, using Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood as a case study.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 21, 2020 at 10:00 am
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 21, 2020 at 10:00 am
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Past Program

Changing the Narrative: African Americans in Evanston

Learn about recent efforts by the City of Evanston to recognize sites and buildings that speak to the role African Americans played in shaping the suburb. This conversation is co-convened by the Evanston History Center, an OHC 2020 community partner.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Past Program

Stories of (Im)Migration, Sites of Unity

OHC 2020 community partner Chicago Cultural Alliance co-convenes this discussion among representatives from its member organizations. Hear (im)migration stories from panelists and discover local sites that are meaningful for their communities.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Past Program

Book Talk: “Evanston’s Design Heritage: Architects, Designers and Planners”

Join OHC 2020 community partner Design Evanston for a look at its new book, "Evanston’s Design Heritage," featuring 127 notable architects, designers, landscape architects and planners who lived or worked in the suburb since its founding in 1863.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Past Program

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Lin Brehmer

Exclusively for CAC members • 93XRT radio host Lin Brehmer stops at sites of significance in the history of rock music in downtown Chicago on this virtual tour.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

Chicago’s Central Park Theater and the Dawn of a New Era

Take a virtual tour of the former Central Park Theater in North Lawndale, a 1917 movie palace that marked the start of a fruitful partnership between architects Rapp and Rapp and theater corporation Balaban and Katz.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Past Program

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Carol Ross Barney

Exclusively for CAC members • Hear fascinating stories about the multi-year, award-winning Chicago Riverwalk project, from two women who worked together to bring it to fruition: architect Carol Ross Barney and CAC docent Michelle Woods.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Past Program

If Walls Had Ears

This special collection of virtual tours and brief performances brings attendees “into” spaces they wouldn’t ordinarily see at storied Chicago music venues, including the Avalon Regal Theater, The Forum, Thalia Hall and the Vic Theatre.

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members, $10 students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members, $10 students
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

South Shore Neighborhood Virtual Tour

CAC docent Mike McMains joins two community leaders, Allan Lindrup and Yvette Moyo, for this live-streamed, virtual tour of the South Shore neighborhood, showcasing its rich history and beautiful architecture.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Past Program

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Robert Loerzel

Exclusively for CAC members • ”Walking Chicago” author, freelance journalist and photographer Robert Loerzel shares some of his favorite buildings and places in Edgewater and Rogers Park during this virtual tour.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

Past Program

Historic Community Gardens of North Lawndale

Hear from North Lawndale residents about the positive impact more than 50 community gardens are making in their West Side neighborhood.

Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Price
FREE
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Past Program

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Rhymefest

Exclusively for CAC members • Join hip-hop artist, community organizer, teacher and writer Che “Rhymefest” Kweku on a virtual tour to places that changed the course of his life and career, in Chicago’s Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Date and Time
October 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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The live webcast of this program has already occurred.

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