I’ve written before that the annual Open House Chicago is my favorite weekend in the city. Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the festival offers free access to over 200 public and private architectural sites around town. It’s a wonderful impetus to explore iconic landmarks and neighborhood gems.
As I mentioned in my preview of Open House Chicago 2016, over 20 neighborhoods are represented among this year’s sites. This is the first year that neighboring Oak Park, a trove of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, and South Side neighborhood Englewood are included in the event.
I was delighted to devote the weekend to exploring Chicago’s architecture and to share my photos with Chicagoist. I hope you enjoy some of the sites below!
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church
I started the weekend close to home touring the many churches of Ukrainian Village. Built in 1915 by Worthmann & Steinbach, St. Nicholas features a nine-tiered golden chandelier glowing with 480 lights.
The Builder’s Building
Open House Chicago’s launch party was held at the Builder’s Building. Hidden inside the 1927 Graham, Anderson, Probst & White office building design is an elegant atrium lobby.
After sneaking into this private residence to snap photos a few months back, it was nice to be invited inside. Bertrand Goldberg famously didn’t believe in straight lines and his 1986 “city-within-a-city” reflects the winding river it sits on.
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Louis Sullivan designed plenty of structures in Chicago, but this is one of only two churches he designed. Completed in 1903, it’s Chicago’s oldest Orthodox parish and it received financing from Czar Nicholas II of Russia.
This new luxury residence by bKL Architecture has many amenities. My favorite is the close-up views of its neighboring buildings in the Loop.
Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist
For the record, the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist is not the same as Scientology. This tranquil space was completed by Harry Weese & Associates in 1968 and features a 3,316-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ.
Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church
The gold domes of this church by Yaroslav Korsunsky have caught my eye for years. The interior of the 1973 space is equally stunning and features an intricate, hand-carved wooden altar.
Built as the London Guarantee Building in 1923, this riverfront high rise was recently renovated and transformed into the LondonHouse hotel. The 452-room hotel boasts some of the city’s most covetable views from its three-story rooftop bar.
St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church
This 1898 space was voted “Most Beautiful Church in America” in 2016. It was based on the architecture of 19th-century Krakow and its altar and statuary can be traced back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.
The Yale Building
One of the most visited sites of the weekend was Englewood’s Yale Building. The senior living apartment building, dating from 1892, John T. Long, 1892 features a lush, sun-drenched atrium and balconies.
St. Benedict the African Roman Catholic Church
Architectural information sourced from the Chicago Architecture Foundation.