Openhousechicago 2012

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OHC (Openhousechicago) ( was a free, city-wide event held October 14-14, 2012. The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society worked in cooperation with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and was the North Side coordinator. Hours were 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The openhousechicago 2012 hub on the North Side was the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 1447 W. Morse Avenue.

The Historian, Vol. 28, No. 3, Summer 2012, Article

openhousechicago – Year Two

by Hank Morris

In its inaugural year, openhousechicago, produced by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) in partnership with your Society, was conducted over the October 15-16 weekend. Needless to say, it was a very successful event with 85,000 people visiting, 131 sites, city-wide. The Rogers Park/West Ridge area had 3,000 persons visiting our 22 locations some 12,000 times, in all.

So, this October 13-14 weekend,approximately 150 sites throughout Chicago will, once again, be open for visitation during this annual weekend festival of FREE behind-the-scenes access to many of Chicago’s greatest places and spaces. We will have 16 such sites in Rogers Park (11) and West Ridge (5) this year. The hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except where noted. Wear comfortable shoes.

The original premise for openhousechicago 2011 was: you pass an interesting building and wonder, “What’s it like inside?” That’s what openhousechicago is all about. This is not a house tour, per se. All of the properties visited are commercial. And, each has a special something that will be available for your inspection as you go from site to site. Like last year, it should be a lot of fun.

Only the Rogers Park and West Ridge sites are listed here.

The various locations were (alphabetically):

Rogers Park Locations

Cats Cradle Bed & Breakfast, 7421 N. Sheridan Road

Gallery B.1.e., 6209 N. Glenwood Avenue

Lifeline Theater, 6912 N. Glenwood Avenue

Loyola University - Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, 6501 N. Kenmore Avenue

Loyola University - Madonna della Strada Chapel, 6453 N. Kenmore Avenue

Loyola University - Mundelein College Building, 1020 W. Sheridan Road

Mayne Stage/Act One Pub, 1328 W. Morse Avenue

Mile of Murals (starting point Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood Avenue)

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 1447 W. Morse Avenue

Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Avenue

United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Avenue

West Ridge Locations

Casa Bonita Apartments, 7340-50 N. Ridge Boulevard

Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Avenue

Park Castles Condominiums, 2416-58 W. Greenleaf Avenue

Park Gables Condominiums, 2438-84 W. Estes Avenue

St. Scholastica Monestary, 7416 N. Ridge Boulevard