Many CTA Brown Line riders are curious about the classic silver 1960s Airstream trailer perched atop this office building. The former industrial structure was renovated in 1989 to house Chicago Associates Planners and Architects, a design cooperative led by architect Edward Noonan. Looking to add a whimsical amenity for employees, Noonan asked city officials for permission to hoist the trailer onto the roof, but was not taken seriously. With a rented crane, the trailer was lifted onto the roof, drawing an emergency response when the CTA mistook it for a derailed Brown Line train. In the years since, the Airstream "Conference Center" (complete with rooftop deck and skyline views) has hosted numerous events and parties.
Climb to the rooftop deck to take in skyline views, then step inside the vintage Airstream trailer.
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.
Sat, Oct 19: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Sun, Oct 20: 1:00pm-5:00pm
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.