My husband and I often find ourselves taking little getaway weekends into Chicago, and we spend 2 weeks in the city every summer for his work. One of the first activities we did together there was taking a Chicago Architecture Foundation Twilight River Cruise tour. It was phenomenal. Seeing the city by boat and ending out by the lake to see the skyline all lit up was beautiful. After my first summer tagging along while he worked, I realized a CAF membership was a must for us. It gives me access to so many walking tours for free and gets us members-only access to certain locations during their Open House Chicago event. This OHC event is not to be missed for us. OHC was started in 2011 and is described as follows by the CAF:
"For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public."
They have over 200 sites open each year, and they are always rotating sites in and out from year to year to keep things fresh. Next year's event dates are October 13-14, so mark your calendar. The event webpage has a great tool for exploring the sites (usually released in September) and planning your itinerary. I've gotten this down to a science and last year we were able to see at least 20 sites just by walking and using the train, for the most part. This year we were slowed up on Saturday by 18 straight hours of heavy rain. We didn't get to as many sites this year, but we supplemented with some great food and a Blackhawks hockey game (second row!!).
We have seen so many beautiful spaces over our years of attending OHC. Here were some highlights from this weekend:
Chicago Cultural Center- Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibits
Be sure to follow @the_middle_of_no_wear on Instagram to see more photos from the weekend as I post them later this week!