Open House Chicago

Looking Ahead...Two Big Events This Fall

Summers in Chicago always seem too short. Thankfully, every season has its own beauty - and this fall will be no exception. Two big events occur this fall that celebrate the splendor of Chicago’s architectural treasures and promote emerging talent in architecture, design, and the arts.

'Make New History', 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image: Chicago Biennial/Twitter.

The first, is the return of the Chicago Architectural Biennial on September 19, 2019. This year’s event (the third) will consider architecture as a field that shapes community and memory. Chicago-based curator and writer Yesomi Umolu is serving as the Artistic Director of the Biennial’s 2019 edition. More than 100 programs will take place at upwards of 50 venues over the course of the Biennial through January 5, 2020.

“Chicago is at its best when a diverse range of communities, organizations, and individuals come together to learn from one another, collaborate, and explore our shared histories and hopes for the future. The comprehensive range of programing taking place during the Biennial is an exciting example of the exchange that makes our city so dynamic,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

The second major event is the Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago, which returns on October 19-20, 2019. The event is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 250 buildings across Chicago. Sites reflect the cultural diversity and history of Chicago, as well as the unique character of each community. Locations include private clubs, residential spaces, offices, hotels, theaters, design/architecture studios, schools and places of worship as well as manufacturing, cultural and government facilities.

I hope to share news and images from both events on Twitter.