October Is All About Architecture

Posted on September 28, 2015

Fall is a beautiful time to visit Chicago. And for architecture and design enthusiasts in particular, October is the ideal month experience one of the world’s greatest cities, thanks to several special architectural happenings. Even if architecture isn’t a top interest on your list, any of these experiences will give you a unique perspective on Chicago that will undoubtedly allow you to appreciate its man-made beauty at a whole new level (not to mention many incredible photo ops!)

1. Chicago Architecture Biennial
October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
“Architecture is both high sport and spectacle in Chicago” sites a recent article from Crain’s Chicago Business outlining what to expect from the biennial opening October 3rd. Highlights include: exhibitionsfrom internationally renowned architects, public programs like theater and educational workshops,architecture tours, the unveiling of four new lakefront kiosks as part of an international design competition, and more.

2. Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Daily Departures through November 22, 2015
Recently named one of the Top 10 Tours in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises is the #1 tour in Chicago and a must for architecture enthusiasts and novices alike. Covering all three branches of the Chicago River, highly trained volunteer docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation share the real story of Chicago’s great architectural history in 90 fascinating minutes. States one TripAdvisor reviewer, “The best river cruise in the country bar none. This is the most informative boat tour I've ever been on and I've been on many in the US, Europe and Asia.”

3. Open House Chicago
October 17 – 18, 2015
Produced by the Chicago Architecture FoundationOpen House Chicago (OHC) is an annual two-day FREE architecture festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public. OHC is a special and unique opportunity to explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.

4. “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye” Exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago
Through January 3, 2016
Get inside the mind of an internationally renowned architect and see his process from inception to completion at "Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye" exhibition. With over 50 built projects across the world, African-born David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. A proponent for architecture from beyond the Western canon, he brings a distinctive contemporary “Afropolitan” view to his various projects.