Open House Chicago 2012– CMB’s Favorite List

On October 13th and 14th,  Open House Chicago presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation will have many historically exquisite and artistic sites including the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Blues Museum, and even Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, the home of Capone’s enforcer, Frank Nitti.  See what sites CMB has chosen for our favorites list!

 Downtown:

These sites have been chosen for their historical significance to Chicago, but are in order for a good long walking tour! Begin at the Merchandise Mart and see how far you can make it!

1. House of Blues Foundation Room

Address: 329 North Dearborn Street

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: This site is only ever open for members who include CEO of major companies and rock stars along with the 11th Century Decor there are three prayer rooms – Divinity, Buddha, and Ganesh. The House of Blues Foundation Room is part of Betrand Goldberg’s Marina City Complex.

2. Google Inc.

Address: 20 West Kinzie Street

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the newly remodeled 13th floor with reception area, Tech Shop, local art display, and a 1920s Speakeasy

3. Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse

Address: 33 West Kinzie Street

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: The only building with Dutch Architecture remaining in Chicago by architect Henry Ives Cobb and features Nitti’s Vault with his old phonebook of gangsters and secret rooms!

4. Tribune Tower

Address: 435 North Michigan Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Go to the 24th floor to see Colonel Robert McCormick office while he was the head of the Chicago Tribune

5. McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum

Address: 376 North Michigan Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Experience the history of the Chicago River through interpretive exhibits and see the original gears that power the bridge!

6.Chicago Architecture Foundation

Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Presenter of the free 48 hours behind the scenes Chicago and see the famous exhibit, Chicago Model City where downtown Chicago is brought down to miniature size! To see current exhibitions click here.

7. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM)

Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue Suite 1000

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Take a tour with one of the employees from the architects that brought you the Willis Tower, former Sears Tower.

8. Monroe Building

Address: 104 South Michigan Avenue

Hours: Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the 5th floor lobby restored to its former beauty!

9. Pritzker Military Library

Address: 104 South Michigan Avenue

Hours: Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Tour the permanent exhibits of The Citizen SoldierThe Medal of Honor, and the temporary exhibit She’s a WOW: Women’s Service Organizations in World War II. To see the descriptions click here.

10. Marquette Building

Address: 140 South Dearborn Street

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Inside is the mosaic of the Tiffany art glass depiction of Father Jacqes Marquette’s Landing

11. Holabird  & Root

Address: 140 South Dearborn Street Suite #400

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Amazing 130 years old and still going strong. Buildings include the Marquette Building and the Monroe Building downtown just to name a few.

12. MacArthur Foundation

Address: 140 South Dearborn Street Suite #1200

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Restored the Marquette Building and has a multimedia exhibit to explain.

 

The next sites are featured by neighborhood and selected for historical and architectural significance, programs, and a general sense of the public’s curiosity. Many are numbered for their proximity to each other.

 

Black Metropolis/Greater Bronzeville

1. Sutherland Hotel/Chicago Blues Museum

Address: 4657-4659 South Drexel Boulevard

Hours: Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: The museum is not yet open, get a sneak peek at the new state of the art exhibit, The Architects of Jazz.

2. Meyer Ace Hardware/Sunset Cafe

Address: 315 East 35th Street

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the original artwork for the famous Jazz stage owned by Satchmo.

Chinatown

1. Fire Department (Engine Company 8)

Address: 212 West Cermak

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Meet the firemen who are from the engine company that were the first responders for the Chicago Fire of 1871. The 1865 fireplace was  replaced in 1936, but kept the original brass fire poles! Tour the first floor and see historic photographs and the communal kitchen.

2. Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Address: 238 West 23rd Street

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Explore the history of Chinatown and Chinese immigration to the Midwest through interactive exhibits and the theater experience, My Chinatown: The Stories Within!

3. St. Therese Chinese Catholic School

Address: 247 West 23rd Street

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Visit the school for the annual St. Therese’s Bazaar and Carnival  Be greeted with tasty Chinese food and entertainment.

Garfield Park/North Lawndale

1. Sears Tower (Original)

Address: 930 South Homer Avenue

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the original fourteen story building and ride up to the elevator to the 14th floor to see Chicago through the newly restored historic windows!

2. Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

Address: 3121 West Jackson Boulevard

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Seats 1,200 people and designed by Henry Englebert, John Pope, and William Brinkman  Built between 1890 to 1902 the basilica has a vaulted ceiling and features a nave with 1,100 ornate gold leafed panels. See Michelangelo’s life-size reproduction of Pieta usually only open during services.

Gold Coast

1. Charnley-Persky House

Address:  1365 North Astor Street

Hours: Tours every hour Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Architect was Louis Sullivan and helped Frank Lloyd Wright was on the team! To find out more read CMB’s article.

2. Graham Foundation

Address: 4 West Burton Place

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the grandstaircase, library, bookshop, and the new exhibit The Lost Soviet Modernist Architecture 1922-32 by Richard Pare.  To see description click here.

3. Chicago History Museum

Address: 1601 North Clark Street

Hours: 20-25 minute tours on Saturday at 10:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M., 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.; Sunday at 12:30 P.M., 1:30 P.M., 2:30 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. Tours have a capacity of 15 guests each (first come fist served).

Interesting Fact:  Take a behind the scenes tour of the new textile and costume exhibit, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.

4. International Museum of Surgical Science

Address: 1524 North Lake Shore Drive

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the iron lung and the x-ray tubes!

Humboldt Park

1. Institute of Peurto Rican Arts and Culture

Address: 3015 West Division Street

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Learn about Peurto Rican culture with this museum in the park and see Jens Jenson office, the famous landscape architect.

2. Humboldt Park Refectory and Fieldhouse

Address: 1440 West Sacramento Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Done in the Jens Jenson style.

Hyde Park

1. Powhaton Apartments

Address: 4950 South Chicago Beach Drive

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Art Deco lobbies and indoor swimming pool one journalist said, “All the luxuies of an ocean liner” when it first opened in 1929.

2. Hyde Park Historical Society

Address: 740 East 56th Place

Hours: Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact:  Originally a depot for a cable car loop of the Illinois Central Railroad to the World’s Columbian Expostion of 1893. See the passenger waiting area and ticket booth. New exhibit is Monument & Masonry: Highlights of Hyde Park curated by Simon Leverett, a stone mason himself.

3. Hyde Park Art Center

Address: 5020 South Cornell Avenue

Hours: Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact:  On Saturday, from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., join the artistic conversation in a panel discussion with up-and-coming artists exhibiting in Ground Floor, a biennial exhibition of fresh Chicago art by recent MFA grads. Plus, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., enjoy a Chicago Artists Month event celebrating The Residency at Hyde Park Art Center. Join the Art Center as they welcome their first resident artists, Istanbul-based Deniz Gül and Chicago-based Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, over refreshments and informal conversation. On Sunday, get creative with kid-friendly, hands-on art making activities for the whole family from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

4. Dusable Museum of African-American History

Address: 740 East 56th Place

Hours: Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Go visit Mayor Harold Washington in his mayor’s office.

5. University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute

Address: 1155 East 58th Street

Hours: Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See some great treasures from Egypt and today’s Middle East.

Little Village

1. Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks

Address: 3223 South Kolin Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Insider view of the workshop floor seeing commissioned work in progress.

2. Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Address: 2458 South Millard Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Known as the 2nd Magnificent Mile – 26th Street! Find out more about the restoration of Arch at 26th Street and Troy Avenue.

 Pilsen

1. National Museum of Mexican Art

Address: 1852 West 19th Street

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the new Day of the Dead exhibit going on now!

2. Yollocalli Arts Reach/Radio Arte

Address: 1401 West 18th Street

Hours: Festival: Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Guides: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Help the youth of the facility on Saturday create the large chalk mural, learn face painting techniques through workshops about zombies and Dia de los Muertos. Or take a tour given by a youth member of the center!

Prairie District

1. Glessner house

Address: 1800 South Prairie Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Tour every hour first 15 visitors only.

2. Clarke House

Address: 1827 South Indiana Avenue

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Tours of the first floor only every 15 minutes from 9:00 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 1:45 P.M. (Free, maximum capacity of 15 people per tour)

Full 1 hour tours depart from the Glessner House Museum at 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. (cost $10, maximum capacity of 15 people per tour)

Interesting Fact: Clarke House Family Day Celebration. Meet historical interpreters in 1850 period dress who will help guide you through crafts, music, food, and fashion of the 1850s. Listen to Antebellum Music from 2:15 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

3. The Wheeler Mansion

Address: 2020 South Calumet Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Last mansion left on Calumet Avenue now a restored Bed and Breakfast. See the parlor, dining room, and guest bedrooms if unoccupied. Make sure to look up at the ceiling!

Rogers Park/West Ridge

1. Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

Address: 1447 West Morse Avenue

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Use the interactive exhibits and look through photographs of other historic sites in Rogers Park!

2. Park Gables

Address: 2458-2484 West Estes

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Named after its gabled roofs and designed to appear to be Tudor Revival  English village with a swimming pool inside for its residents

South Shore

1. Mosque Maryam

Address: 7351 South Stony Island Avenue

Hours: Tours on Saturday at 9:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M., 1:00 P.M., and 3:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Originally a Greek Orthodox Church in built 1948, it is now home to the headquarters and National Center for the Nation of Islam. Also, named after Mary Mother of Jesus. It is the only mosque in the world named after a woman.

2. Rainbow Beach Victory Gardens

Address: 7900 South South Shore Drive

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Originally a 1940s Victory Garden and closed to the public, now the oldest community garden in Chicago.

 Uptown

1. Aragon Ballroom

Address:  1106 West Lawrence Avenue

Hours: Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: Spanish Courtyard Ballroom

2. Riviera Theatre

Address: 4746 North Racine Avenue

Hours: Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Interesting Fact: See the original ceiling mural and balcony with framed mirrors and silk curtains.

To see all the sites for Open House Chicago 2012 Click here!

 

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