Open House Chicago

Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021- see all dates
8:00am CT
5 and up
Throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area

The Chicago Architecture Center is proud to host the annual Open House Chicago (OHC) a month-long celebration showcasing Chicago’s built environment. This October, the Chicago Architecture Center hosts an Open House Chicago unlike any other featuring:

  • The robust OHC app highlighting DIY neighborhood ‘trails,’ curated content and ‘Explore like a local’ suggestions for eating, drinking, and shopping available for use October 1-31
  • Classic in-person, indoor, immersive experiences on the weekend of October 16-17
  • Virtual programs on a variety of topics October 1-31


New for the October launch is a free family-oriented outdoor trail focused on The Great Chicago Fire. Take a tour of the Chicago Loop with a trained Education Guide on Oct. 16 & 17 as we explore the lessons learned after the fire and relics from that era we can still see today. This tour is intended for children ages 8 and up and their families. Hourly departures beginning at 11a.m. Sign-up at the CAC while visiting the Center during Open House Chicago. Like all OHC events, this tour is free.


Other trails that families may want to explore include a walk through Hyde Park focused on President Obama and a trail at the Pullman National Monument, the first planned community in the nation and home to the first Black union recognized by the American Federation of Labor. Explore old railway cars, a clocktower, a wheelworks and more. 


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Throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area
** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.
** Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and social distancing. If an activity appears too crowded, try using the "nearby" search feature on our activity calendar to find something else to do.
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Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up
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Open House Chicago
Throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area - 8:00 AM
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides