Thursday, September 29, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Chicago Opens Its Doors





Chicago Opens Its Doors

For lovers of the history of architecture, there’s no better U.S. city than Chicago, with its stunning collection of landmark buildings by Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and others. For years, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has offered guided tours—on foot and by boat—of the city’s architectural gems. But, surprisingly, there’s never been an annual Open House weekend in the Windy City. That’s about to change.
Following in the footsteps of a growing number of cities around the world—including London, Melbourne, Barcelona, Dublin, Toronto, New York, and Denver—Chicago will launch its own Open House weekend October 15 and 16. Sponsored by the CAF, Open House Chicago offers architecture buffs the chance to see, free of charge, more than 100 sites, including many that are normally off-limits to the public. “One of our goals,” says managing director Bastiaan Bouma, “is to reintroduce the city to its own residents...

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