Sep, 18, 2014,
3:50 PM

Open House Chicago Offers Look Inside Chicago’s Best-Known and Little-Known Spaces During a FREE Two-Day Event


CHICAGO—The largest architectural festival in Chicago is back for its fourth year! Drawing more than 55,000 people, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s (CAF) Open House Chicago (OHC) event is October 18 and 19, and includes more than 150 of the city’s greatest spaces and places from 18 neighborhoods across the city. This free public event offers participants behind-the-scenes access to many areas that are normally open “by invitation only.” Whether you are an architecture buff, history enthusiast or just looking for a unique weekend festival, OHC is a fun must-see event for every kind of adventurer:  locals and visitors to suburbanites and city dwellers.

Showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s architecture, sites include uncommonly seen and “restricted access” areas of public buildings, factories, historic mansions, private clubs, sacred spaces, schools, professional offices and cultural institutions, among others. Illinois Institute of Technology is a proud participant in this year’s event, which will include S. R. Crown Hall, Carr Chapel, and the McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

“CAF inspires people to discover why design matters, and OHC is the perfect example of that. This event gives locals and visitors a reason to explore Chicago’s culturally rich neighborhoods and engages the public in experiencing and learning about the city’s built environment,” said Lynn Osmond, CAF president and CEO. “We hear from thousands who participate in this annual event that OHC fosters civic pride in neighborhood landmarks, histories and culture.”

In 2013, the third OHC event attracted more than 55,000 guests from all 50 states and 71 countries around the world. The economic impact of that event weekend was $5.1million.

Modeled after popular programs in New York, London and Tel Aviv, OHC invites visitors to take self-guided visits throughout the following Chicago neighborhoods:

 Ukrainian Village – New for 2014

Bronzeville - New for 2014

Edgewater – New for 2014

Lincoln Square/Ravenswood – New for 2014

Goose Island – New for 2014

Bridgeport/Back of the Yards


Garfield Park/North Lawndale

Gold Coast

Hyde Park

Lincoln Park

Near West Side/West Town


Prairie District


Rogers Park

South Shore


Using a printed event guide or, OHC guests can select the sites and neighborhoods they want to explore and create their own self-guided experiences.

For a complete list of participating sites, visit Get the latest news and fun facts about OHC too by following Chicago Architecture Foundation on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up to receive the OHC newsletter for updates on venues and the latest information on special programming.

Access to OHCsites is free and does not require a reservation, but participants are encouraged to sign up to receive event newsletters and last-minute announcements. Sites will accept visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to free access, OHC offers activities in various sites all weekend long, including cultural performances, lectures, workshops and more.

Become a CAF member at to receive a “CAF Member Priority Access Pass,” which grants you preferred access to OHC sites. Similar to last year’s event, there are a select handful of Members Only Sites. Consider volunteering over the weekend. It’s fun, easy and provides special benefits including priority access to all OHC sites!

OHC is a celebration of Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities. The community partners helping make OHC 2014 happen are: Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council and Public Media Institute, Quad Communities Development CorporationBronzeville Area Residents and Commerce Council, Building Owners and Managers AssociationChicago Loop Alliance, Magnificent Mile Association, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman’s OfficeEdgewater Historical Society, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Homan SquareSouth East Chicago CommissionLincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Glessner House Museum, Historic Pullman FoundationPullman State Historic Site, Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, Rogers Park Business Alliance, South Shore Chamber, Inc., Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, Uptown United and West Loop Community Organization.

OHC is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Kemper Corporation; sponsors National Endowment for the Arts, ComEd, James S. Kemper Foundation and the Chicago Transit Authority; and media sponsors Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and WBEZ.


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Sep, 15, 2014,
10:48 AM

INsite :: Illuminating Farnsworth

The artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, also known as Luftwerk will illuminate the Farnsworth House during INsite, a temporary public art experience that transforms Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, into a canvas of light and sound.

Based on an architectural video mapping test in the fall of 2012 we feel destined to make INsite a public experience. We are very excited to illuminate the Farnsworth House October 17-20, 2014 after dark.”image

INsite will bring a new experience to the Farnsworth House to attract new audiences and celebrate the lasting relevance of the architecture. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Mies enthusiasts and architecture lovers to see this icon of modern architecture in a new light.

Ten video projectors, encased in weatherproof housing, will display a seamless composition that highlights the structural minimalism of the Farnsworth House and its glass walls from the exterior to the interior. The video installation will be accompanied by an original music composition by Owen Clayton Condon, a Chicago based percussionist and composer and former member of Third Coast Percussion.

Luftwerk has delighted and illuminated viewers with a history of completing major commissions on landmark architecture.In 2011 they illuminated one of America’s most extraordinary buildings: Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. ‘Celebrating 75 years of Art in Nature’ was followed by a site-specific video installation “Luminous Field”  (2012) that transformed Millennium Park’s AT&T Plaza into a digital playground, attracting over 65,000 visitors in only ten nights.

Click here for more information on INsite or to register.


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Sep, 9, 2014,
5:59 PM

Inaugural MCHAP.emerge lecture by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

The inaugural MCHAP.emerge lecture by Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen) sponsored by The Mies Society will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm in S.R. Crown Hall.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s work, Poli House (Tome, Bio Bio Region, Chile), received the inaugural MCHAP.emerge award recognizing the outstanding built work in the Americas completed between 2000 and 2013. The award was announced at a benefit dinner on May 20th hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
In announcing then award, Dean Wiel Arets of IIT College of Architecture noted “the MCHAP.emerge Jury was drawn to the subtle complexity of Poli House and look forward to having Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen share their unique talents with our students and the City of Chicago when they join us for a research appointment at the College of Architecture during the 2014/2015 academic year.”
The September 17th lecture which Pezo and Sofia have entitled “Normal Inventory” will be the first public event for the pair as they begin their academic appointment with IIT College of Architecture. A dinner will follow the lecture.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The dinner is $50 for Mies Society members, $60 for non-members. Register for the dinner here.
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Aug, 19, 2014,
10:58 AM

The Ecological Imagination: Life and the Design of Urban Public Space

(Chicago) – Commissioned to redevelop Chicago’s Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner stands at the forefront of today’s landscape urbanism movement.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present an evening with James Corner Thursday, Oct. 2 at the University of Chicago. Corner will share his vision for livable cities, which hinges on public spaces that offer a high-quality experience. The architect’s plans to renew the public spaces of Navy Pier and other world-class projects will come into play as Corner presents The Ecological Imagination: Life and the Design of Urban Public Space.

Corner’s presentation at6 p.m., Oct. 2 in the performance hall at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., University of Chicago, marks the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s fourth annual Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas. A cocktail reception will take place at 5 p.m. in the Gidwitz Lobby prior to the presentation.

This event is in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, the University of Chicago and the American Institute of Architects Chicago chapter. Admission to the presentation and cocktail reception is $20 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members/University of Chicago alumni, faculty and staff/AIA Chicago members/Teachers; $25 non-members; and $5 students. Tickets are available online at

Corner combines landscape architecture, urban design, landscape ecology and engineering to create innovative solutions for modern day cities, landscapes and social places. The British-born architect’s award-winning and visionary designs, such as the High Line in Manhattan, once an elevated rail line, and FreshKills Park, a former landfill in Staten Island, have transformed city districts and post-industrial sites into vibrant urban destinations.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that provides public tours and educational programs at his Home and Studio in Oak Park, Ill.; The Rookery Light Court in the Chicago Loop; Unity Temple in Oak Park; the Frederick C. Robie House in Hyde Park; and Emil Bach House in Rogers Park. For more information, visit

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary home for arts practice and scholarship at the University of Chicago. The Logan Center is a catalyst for collaboration and a marquee venue for concerts, exhibitions, and performances from world class, emerging, local, and student artists. For more information, visit

The Logan Center is located at 915 East 60th St., Chicago, IL. Parking is free in the flat lot at the corner of 60th Street and Drexel Avenue after 4 p.m. and on weekends. 

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