Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House

My favorite weekend every year is the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see buildings that are often off-limits to the public, many of which have excellent tours. I’ve also used it as a way of seeing parts of the city I don’t often get to explore. This year, I ventured out with friends to see sites in Bridgeport, Back of the Yards, South and West Loop, and downtown. As always, I had a great time, and would highly recommend making sure you’re in Chicago next year for Open House!

 Hidden Sullivan stairwell. 

Hidden Sullivan stairwell. 

 McCormick rooftop garden. 

McCormick rooftop garden. 

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 Bertrand Goldberg! 

Bertrand Goldberg! 

 Cermak bridge, Chinatown. 

Cermak bridge, Chinatown. 

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 Stockyards, Back of the Yards.

Stockyards, Back of the Yards.

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 Architectural salvage yard. 

Architectural salvage yard. 

 Former gear factory turned office space, West Loop. 

Former gear factory turned office space, West Loop. 

 The Rookery, downtown. 

The Rookery, downtown. 

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 Vault in the basement. 

Vault in the basement. 

 Zap props, Back of the Yards.

Zap props, Back of the Yards.

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 Bridgeport demolition. 

Bridgeport demolition.