Ever wonder what the inside of Roosevelt University’s newest tower looks like? You know, the big blue and green zig-zag windowed building just north of us SLoopers. Or how about Berghoff Restaurant in the Loop? Tribune Tower in Streeterville? Chicago Lakeside Development? Well this weekend is your chance!
The Chicago Architecture Foundation presents Open House Chicago – a FREE citywide event that gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at over 150 iconic buildings. No reservations are required and everyone is welcome. On tour, explore repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, hotels, offices, community murals and more!
Here is a list of our Top 5 “Must Sees” in the South Loop area:
1. Keith House – A 30+ room mansion at 1900 S Prairie Avenue, built in 1870, and one of the five remaining original Prairie District mansions
2. Columbia College, Media Production Center – a 35,500 square foot Gold level LEED certified facility for film/video, interactive arts, media, and television, located at 1600 S State, and built in 2010
3. Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies – Chicago’s center for Jewish learning and culture, this building adds so much to the Michigan Avenue skyline by reflecting light at hundreds of angles, located at 610 S Michigan, and built in 2007
4. Ping Tom Memorial Park – located at 18th and the Chicago River at the edge of Chinatown, this park was envisioned by the late civic leader Ping Tom to be a community enclave of beautiful rolling green spaces
5. Sullivan Center – Built in 1899, originally the Carson Pirie Scott Building and now home to City Target. Explore how history meets the future at this iconic Henri Louis Sullivan building
Visit OpenHouseChicago.org for specific Open House hours for each location.
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