I love Open House Chicago!! This year I went to the 8th Annual (2018) Open House in the Gold Coast/Near North Side; last year I went to the Loop/Downtown destinations to explore Chicago’s Architectural gems.
“The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s free annual architecture festival, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E. Wacker Drive. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.”
I love the legendary Ambassador Hotel Chicago at 1301 N. State Parkway. This 1926 gem is Chicago’s original boutique hotel located in the heart of the Gold Coast where you can walk to Lake Michigan, The Magnificent Mile and Oak Street shopping.
So many legendary guests have dined at the former iconic Pump Room Restaurant that is now called Booth One. In the Pump Room’s heyday, Booth One was one of the most sought-after tables in dining history. This table was available only to top celebrities — the A-pluses on the A-list — and guests would crowd into the restaurant just to see who might be seated there. The walls are adorned with photos of these A-listers; legends and luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, David Bowie, Bill Murray, Phil Collins, Oprah, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Mick Jagger. There is still a Booth One within Booth One. It’s the best table in the house and is still equipped with a vintage white rotary-dial phone. Here I am at Booth One at Open House Chicago
OHC is completely free-of-charge—no registration or tickets are needed but some locations require an RSVP. So gather your friends, plan your itinerary and mark your calendar for October 13-14, 2018!
I attended an organ concert at St. Chrysostum’s Episcophal Church at 1424 N. Dearborn Parkway at Open Hose Chicago. This building was designed by the architectural firm of Brown and Walcott in 1910. The Gothic exterior is adorned with detailed stained glass and the interior has an intricate beamed ceiling.
This church is nestled among the historic architectural gems on Dearborn Parkway. Every year there is a garden walk in the summer and the residents also decorate for Halloween and Christmas.
I loved the organ concert and I loved Open House Chicago!