Presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago is a free, city-wide, behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces. 150 buildings are chosen each year and include repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels and more—all for free.
In the spirit of last year’s popular Songs About Buildings and Moods event which featured performances of music inspired by landmark buildings, ACM has been asked by the Chicago Architecture Foundation to do a mini reprise of the event as part of their Open House Chicago project.
Of the many Chicago sites featured in Open House Chicago, two are especially well suited for live music: the beautiful Garfield Conservatory and the building that now houses the Power House High School. Music composed especially for these unique spaces will be performed between the hours of noon and 3:00 PM as part of self-guided tours of the sites.
These two sites are within easy walking distance of each other.
Original Sears Tower 3517 W. Arthington St.
– Music by Amos Gillespie
Powerhouse High School 3415 W. Arthington St. Free and open to the public 773 334 3650 for more information
– Music by Eric Malmquist
Details Saturday, October 15, 2011
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
About the Original Sears Tower
When you think of the “Sears Tower,” rarely does this 14-story structure in North Lawndale come to mind. The Neo-Classical warehouse tower was part of the sprawling Sears, Roebuck & Co. complex. It was once attached to the 3.3-million-square-foot Merchandise Building, which no longer stands. The tower famously broadcasted WLS-AM (World’s Largest Store) radio from its 11th floor. The Foundation for Homan Square’s recent renovation and restoration, completed in 2015 with support from John and Alexandra Nichols, transformed it into a community center and event space.
About the Powerhouse High School
This enormous building was once a power plant that provided electricity and heat for the massive Sears, Roebuck & Company complex. It has housed Noble Street Charter School’s DRW College Prep since 2009, when a $40-million restoration overseen by the Foundation for Homan Square was completed. Today, cutting-edge sustainable technologies blend with original building features to preserve a connection to the old Sears complex. The US Green Building Council awarded the building LEED Platinum certification due to its many energy-efficient features including a geothermal heating and cooling system.