Every year, the Chicago Architecture Center host the Open House Chicago which provides residents and tourists an opportunity to visit some of the city's most fascinating and beautifully designed spaces. Every year it comes and goes, and I miss my shot at seeing what Chicago has to offer.
This year, however, I was determined to take advantage of the weekend and mapped out a list of places I wanted to see. That list included:
The Cliff Dwellers, a private club focused on arts and theatre
Goettsch Partners, an architecture firm
Eastlake Studio, an interior architecture firm
Poetry Foundation, an organization dedicated to promote poetry in today's culture
Driehause Museum, a graystone mansion turned art, architecture, and design museum
Below are some snapshots of each location.
The Cliff Dwellers
200 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 22, Chicago IL 60604
"In 1907, Chicago author Hamlin Garland and friends founded the Attic Club, which two years later was re-named The Cliff Dwellers. The Cliff Dwellers is a private club for members who are either professionally engaged in literature, painting, music, architecture, sculpture, or one of the allied arts, or who support the fine arts and the performing arts. The Club, located in the 22nd floor penthouse of the former BorgWarner building at the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue at Adams Street, is next door to Symphony Center and overlooks Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago." - Cliff Dwellers Website
224 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60604
"Goettsch Partners (GP) is an architecture firm with a global perspective. Based in Chicago, with additional offices in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, we share a singular approach to design that combines seasoned experience with a passion for exploration and innovation. Our completed and active projects span five continents and represent a diverse range of types and sizes. GP traces its roots to the Chicago practice started by Mies van der Rohe in 1938. James Goettsch joined the practice in 1992 and has instilled a culture in which this legacy informs and inspires the search for our own timeless materiality and clarity of architectural expression—appropriate for the 21st century." - Goettsch Partners Website
333 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2600, Chicago, Illinois, 60601
"Our studio is not just a workplace, it’s a gathering place for creative spirits who come together to solve challenging problems. We take great pride in bringing new people into our studio. Every new person helps us expand our perspective with a slightly different point of view." - Eastlake Studio Website
61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654
"The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in our culture. The Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry." Poetry Foundation Website
40 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
"The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.” The exquisite building was saved twice, first by a collective of over 100 Chicago citizens in 1919, and then by philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus, who sponsored its restoration from 2003-2008. Mr. Driehaus founded the Museum to feature his outstanding collection of decorative arts—particularly Tiffany glass—as well as temporary exhibitions." Driehaus Museum Website
Believe it or not, this took a whole day to get through and I barely even skimmed the surface. With over 250 sites participating in Open House Chicago, there is no shortage of spectacular articheture, design and art to be seen. I look forward to make more OHC trips in the future and encourage those in Chicago to participate in the future too!
In the comment section, list some of your favorite architectural gems in Chicago or your city!