After the devastation brought by the Chicago Fire of 1871, the central business district, known affectionately as the Loop, was rebuilt throughout the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s. This process gave birth to the skyscraper through the use of the steel structural skeleton. Today, downtown Chicago is a vibrant commercial—and increasingly residential—district famed the world over for its innovative and iconic high-rises, elegant boulevards and beautiful civic spaces such as Millennium Park and the Riverwalk.
Open House Chicago Sites
OHC 2022 includes more than 150 sites in 20+ neighborhoods across Chicago and nearby suburbs, many of which are not typically open to the public. Sites are open at the times listed throughout the weekend of October 15 and 16. Entry is free unless otherwise noted.
Note: Individual OHC sites may have additional requirements for entry, such as proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or other measures. These requirements will be listed in the site's individual description.
City-Wide Community Partners
77 Flavors, Access Contemporary Music, Austin Coming Together, Beverly Area Planning Association, Bronzeville Historical Society, Chatham Business Association, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Cultural Alliance, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago South Side Film Festival, Chicago's North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, Evanston History Center, Hermosa Neighborhood Association, Hyde Park Art Center, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Lawndale Pop Up Spot, LISC (Local Initiative Support Coalition), NON:op Open Opera Works, North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society, Plein Air Painters of Chicago (PAPC), Preservation Chicago, Quad Communities Development Corporation - Bronzeville (Douglas, Grand Blvd, Oakland, North Kenwood), Rogers Park Business Alliance, The Newberry Library, The Wasteshed Chicago, Uptown United/Uptown Chamber, Urban Juncture, Visit Oak Park, West Side Forward.
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