I frequently urge clients to think about how they are living as well as how they are working. Well, tomorrow I’m going to follow my own advice. I’m taking the day off to attend The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. Tomorrow and Sunday, the CAF has arranged to have buildings with architectural significance opened throughout the city. Two years ago I visited a Frank Lloyd Wright House in Rogers Park. Last year, I explored a studio in Uptown where Charlie Chaplin worked and an Ace Hardware Store in Bronzeville that was a jazz club in the 1920s where Louis Armstrong and other big name players performed. This year my plan is to wander the Gold Coast and Downtown. Since some buildings are only open on Saturday, I need to sacrifice a day of work for a day of wonder. That’s a pretty fair trade.
If you live in Chicago, check out the open house schedule. All the events are free, and most of these buildings won’t be open to the public again until next year’s Open House.