Open House Chicago, the annual festival celebrating the city’s rich architectural heritage, has been extended through Nov. 1, the Chicago Architecture Center has announced.
People now have an extra seven days to take part in the event, which has been reconfigured during the coronavirus pandemic to focus more on neighborhood experiences versus previous years’ behind-the-scenes glimpses of the city’s architectural masterpieces.
This year’s Open House is centered on 25 themed trails, ranging from “North Shore Historic Homes” to “Performance Spaces in the Black Metropolis.” People are encouraged to download the free OHC 2020 mobile app, which includes information about Open House sites, maps, audio narrations, videos and more.
Content on the app, accessible through Nov. 1, can be enjoyed at home or it can enhance an in-person self-guided tour.
As part of the extension, the Chicago Architecture Center is making six online programs, originally webcast via Zoom, available for free on the center’s YouTube channel, from Monday, Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 These programs include: “A New Vision for the Kenwood Line,” “Changing the Narrative: African Americans in Evanston,” “Get to Know Your House: Rogers Park Edition,” and “Women in Architecture Virtual Tour.”
Check out recommendations from WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer on how to make the most of Open House Chicago 2020.