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The New Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is proud to announce nearly 50 experiences, online and in person, highlighting 20+ areas and neighborhoods as part of its 10-day, 10th annual Open House (OHC) festival. More than 20 OHC trails for self-guided exploration include audio narration by guest experts accessible via a free, location-enabled mobile app for iOS and Android devices. More than 20 OHC online programs,

Open House Chicago 2020

Chicago Architecture Center 111 East Wacker Dr., Chicago

Open House Chicago is back with a reimagined event for 2020. The beloved architecture festival, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, will now span 10 days and more than 20 of Chicago’s unique neighborhoods. This year’s event includes both online and outdoor events that showcase the fascinating history, architecture, and culture of the city’s diverse

Changing the Narrative: African Americans in Evanston

Chicago Architecture Center 111 East Wacker Dr., Chicago

Established in 1863, the City of Evanston benefited economically and socially from the contribution of its African American residents—a fact often diminished in, if not excluded entirely from, historical records

Free

Stories of (Im)Migration, Sites of Unity

Chicago Architecture Center 111 East Wacker Dr., Chicago

Hear stories of (im)migration from representatives of the Bronzeville Historical Society, the National Hellenic Museum, the Swedish American Museum, and the Ukrainian National Museum. Discover meaningful sites across the city where members of these communities have come together, past and present, as they've made homes for themselves in Chicago. Key to this conversation is the

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Chicago’s Central Park Theater and the Dawn of a New Era

Chicago Architecture Center 111 East Wacker Dr., Chicago

Take a virtual tour of the former Central Park Theater in North Lawndale, a 1917 movie palace that marked the start of a fruitful partnership between architects Rapp and Rapp and theater corporation Balaban and Katz. Join Open House Chicago 2020 community partner the North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society for a panel discussion moderated by

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If Walls Had Ears: Historic Chicago Music Venues

Chicago Architecture Center 111 East Wacker Dr., Chicago

This special collection of virtual tours and brief performances brings attendees “into” spaces they wouldn’t ordinarily see at storied Chicago music venues, including the Avalon Regal Theater, The Forum, Thalia Hall, and the Vic Theatre. Get a behind-the-scenes look at four historic music venues in Bronzeville, Lakeview, Pilsen, and South Shore. What have the walls

$10

South Shore Neighborhood Virtual Tour

Chicago Architecture Center 111 East Wacker Dr., Chicago

CAC docent Mike McMains joins two community leaders, Allan Lindrup and Yvette Moyo, for this live-streamed, virtual tour of the South Shore neighborhood, showcasing its rich history and beautiful architecture. After the World’s Fair of 1893, the sand dunes to the south of the Jackson Park fairgrounds transformed into South Shore, a neighborhood filled with

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Historic Community Gardens of North Lawndale

Chicago Architecture Center 111 East Wacker Dr., Chicago

Hear from North Lawndale residents about the positive impact more than 50 community gardens are making in their West Side neighborhood. Discover the stories behind empty North Lawndale lots that have become beautiful havens for residents to share gardening skills and gather outdoors for peace circles, storytelling, art and music events, and outdoor recess. This

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