On two fall weekends in Chicago and New York, locals and tourists will have access to hundreds of significant sites, many of which are not typically open to the public. The 12th Annual Open House New York (OHNY) weekend will include talks, tours, and performances throughout the weekend of October 11 and 12. Sites and tours will be announced in early October.
The Annual OHNY Weekend was launched in 2003 as part of New York's first Architecture Week, which was co-founded by OHNY. With the help of 300 volunteers, the first Annual OHNY Weekend included 84 sites throughout New York’s five boroughs, and was attended by 45,000 visitors. Since the inaugural year, the event has increased its outreach and audience participation. Popular OHNY sites have included the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, the United Nations, the Rockefeller Center’s rooftop gardens, and the Grand Lodge of the Masons. For more information on Open House New York, click here.
On October 18 and 19, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will present Open house Chicago, a free, city-wide, behind-the-scenes look at 150 city spots, including repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, and hotels. Sites include Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Godfrey Hotel, the Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago-Civic Opera House. For more information on Open House Chicago, click here.