Open House Chicago is a chance to explore the city's greatest places and spaces behind the scenes. Many of the sites are rarely, if ever, open to the pubic. Open House Chicago is completely free of charge and operates as an open house typically does; you show up on your own time and walk around... no buying tickets, or waiting for long tours to start, you get to explore more than 200 sites at your own free will, for one weekend only.
As a curious, adventurous person, I've been pumped about this event since I discovered it. I'm not sure how I missed this in the years past, but I know I won't be missing it again. We live in a very big city with so much to explore, and Open House Chicago provided the opportunity to dig deep inside Chicago, an architecturally and culturally vibrant city.
So, on Saturday and Sunday, I hopped on my bike and took advantage of this unique event. Here's what I saw and learned...
Location: 30 N. Racine Ave., STE. 200
What I Learned: Basecamp's office is like their software; simple, yet elegant.
Site: Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower
Location: 233 S. Wacker Dr. 67th Floor
What I learned: Members aren't necessarily "movers and shakers", more business people who join for networking purposes. Shares the same building as the Unity Airlines HQ, so many members are from there.
Site: Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist
Location: 55 E. Wacker Dr.
What I learned: "Christian Science" and "Scientology" are not the same. In fact, they share very few beliefs.
Site: McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
Location: 376 N. Michigan Av. Riverwalk Level
What I learned: There are 4 common bridge types in Chicago: the Bascule Trunnion, Center Pier Swing Bridge, Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge, and the Vertical Lift Bridge.
Site: Sky-Line Club
Location: 307 N. Michigan Ave.
What I learned: I will never have enough money to join this club.
Site: Ignite Glass Studios
Location: 401 N. Armour St.
What I learned: Creating glass art takes a tremendous amount of team work, attention to detail, and hard work.
To learn more about Open House Chicago, visit openhousechicago.org