Block 37 viewed from the Joffrey Ballet
I had the good fortune to be in Chicago with a free day last week at the same time as the Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s largest event of the year: Open House Chicago. My original plan was to take an architecture pilgrimage of a sort, to the IIT campus (more about that later).
But with this opportunity I gladly went off in another direction. What better day to see some of the buildings that are usually off limits to the public? Here are photos of a few of the highlights, and I only made it to 20 or so of the 100+ featured sites.
Lobby of the Oriental Theater
An original stairwell in the Carson Pirie Scott Building. The third floor is now home to Gensler, which graciously hosted visitors but did not permit photography. I can verify their revamped offices are lovely.
23rd floor courtyard at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill. A second architecture firm that welcomed us into their space.
I particularly enjoyed that a number of parents had brought their teenage kids to see architecture firms and talk to practitioners face-to-face about this career path. What better opportunity than this event to see the profession up close? And should you have a Chicagoland youth interested in a B.Arch., they can earn one right in the city at IIT!
13th floor of the Inland Steel Building. Available for rent should you be in the market for Loop office space.
Column free since 1956!
I also enjoyed the CAF wrapup blog post on the weekend, and am glad I missed the rain entirely. They were not wrong that the crowds ranged from casual tourists to the intense architecture and urbanism pilgrims. See y’all next year, I hope!