If you want to get a true inside look into Chicago, there’s no better way than through Open House Chicago. One weekend each year, 200 locations in 20 neighborhoods open their doors — for free — to let people explore some of the city’s most iconic buildings and hidden gems. This year, OHC takes place Oct. 17-18 all over the city and you can see private homes and social clubs, government buildings, churches, synagogues, museums, office buildings and so much more.
While you can’t take it all in, make a plan through the mobile-friendly website. You can get around via train, car, Divvy and on foot to check out places like the Oriental Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Loop Synagogue, the Sky-Line Club, the Foundation Room at House of Blues, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House in Rogers Park, Room 13 at the Old Chicago Inn in Lakeview, the CAA and so many more stunning locales all over the city from the Far North Side all the way down to Pullman. Get ready to see Chicago in a way you never have.