Open House Chicago returning with 170 locations, 2 kickoff parties

The weekend event, Oct. 13-15, will feature Uptown’s Riviera Theatre for the first time. The ornate concert venue was built in 1917 as a movie theater.

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The Riviera Theatre in Uptown, built in 1918 at a cost of more than $500,000, is one of Open House Chicago’s sites this weekend. It was originally built as a movie palace but is now a concert venue.

The ornate Riviera Theatre in Uptown is a new addition to the 2023 lineup of Open House Chicago.

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Open House Chicago is coming back bigger and better this year.

The weekend event, Oct. 13-15, will open up more than 170 architectural rarities to the public for free, up from 150 last year, according to the Chicago Architecture Center.

And for the first time, two parties will kick off opening night: a party open to the public at the architecture center’s building at 111 E. Wacker Drive.; and a members-only party on the 33rd floor of Willis Tower.

The rest of the weekend will feature self-guided tours at culturally and architecturally significant buildings in more than 20 neighborhoods.

New in this year’s lineup is Uptown’s Riviera Theater, an ornate concert venue built in 1917 as a movie theater.

People can also visit the childhood home of Walt Disney in Hermosa and the National Cambodian Heritage Museum in Ravenswood.

For more information, visit openhousechicago.org.

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