Open House Chicago

111 E. Wacker Drive

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Chicago's Architecture Weekend

"HAVE YOU EVER WALKED BY A BUILDING AND THOUGHT I WISH I COULD SEE WHAT'S INSIDE?"

Open House Chicago is the annual opportunity for you and your family to do just that... see what's inside hundreds of Chicago's most well-known, and not so well known, architectural gems.  Everything from local factories to small hip urban art studios and famous churches, sacred spaces and revered buildings of all types are open to the public over the course of this annual architectural festival weekend.  It is a fun and fantastic way to learn about this incredibly historic, culturally rich and architecturally renowned city!   

Plan ahead, especially if you're attending with babies, tots and/or young kids.  Our kids are at an age where one stop a day was just enough.  So, we chose our picks judiciously (& alternated a few spots to see on our own while our kids napped).  One of our stops was a coffee roasting factory.  I enjoy learning about local Chicago businesses and there were enough cool things to see (& smell) for our tots that it kept them entertained enough for us to get our fix at this open house spot... plus, there was free (delicious) coffee.  

It's a really fantastic weekend; one that Chicagoans venture to proudly.  It's been going on since 2011 and people eagerly await the announcement of which buildings will be open for this weekend.  It gets you out of your regular neighborhood and into some really cool spots.  It might even allow you to discover some real gems right around the corner from you that you never knew existed or never knew anything about.  

Reenie O'Brien King
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A Chicago native, Reenie grew up in the city's Old Town area. After 6 years on the east coast (Boston and Philly) with her husband, Cabell, they returned to Chicago in 2018 and have settled in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area of the city. Reenie is the proud, dedicated and playful mom to two kids, Tiernan (4) and Adeline (2) and one on the way (due in May 2021). She holds a Master's in Education from DePaul University and has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Middle School Drama and 8th Grade Art. Despite taking time off from full- time classroom work, Reenie remains passionate and active in the educational field serving on the boards of ISCJ School in Chicago and Ingles Sin Limites in El Salvador. She is a founding member and former chairman of the Junior Board at Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Reenie has also done work at Scattergood Ethics at The University of Pennsylvania and consulted with Free Forest School Illinois and Hike it Baby Philadelphia. Currently home "daily adventuring" with her kids, Reenie also serves as the Director of Online and Print Content at her family's Mental Health company, MADO Healthcare. A passionate traveler, horseback rider, yogi, mental health advocate and aspiring Children's Book Author, Reenie is glad to share some views of the city she loves with Happy.ly!
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