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I make no secret of it: I think Open House Chicago is as absolutely great event. If you don't know about it already, let the experts describe it:
|original Sears Tower|
"Someone once said that Chicago is a city of 2.8 million architecture critics, and this is your weekend to take advantage of that instinct. Free, behind the scenes, no tickets, no reservations. Develop your own itinerary. We do think that the bicycle is the ultimate Open House Chicago accessory. The record last year was something over 50 visits by one individual , so we're looking forward to seeing somebody beat that record this year and I'll bet he or she is going to be on a bicycle."
|St. Philip Neri Church|
|Bridgeview Bank - photograph: David Suarez|
Kemper Building, open for the first time in 40 years and offering a spectacular 360 degrees panorama of Chicago from 500+ feet up. In the case of historic Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, it's a space that's been closed even to its congregation since 2008.
|Poetry Foundation, John Ronan Architects|
Oriental Theater, the lovingly restored Apollo 2000 (the former Marshall Square Theater), Uptown's Riviera (Sunday only), and Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium.
|The Green Mill|
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Right now, the weekend looks warm and rainy. What could be more perfect weather to check out the great interiors of Chicago.? Take a few minutes to explore, and you'll discover wonders you may never have known existed.