Open House Chicago

Newly composed music inspired by architecture performed live in the buildings, Open House is one of our most popular events

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 and 19 12:00 – 4:00 PM

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.

Since its inception in 2011, Access Contemporary Music has worked with the Architecture Foundation to “activate” four of the sites with music by commissioning composers to write music inspired by the spaces.  We then have musicians in the spaces performing the music approximately every fifteen minutes during the day.

This year we’ll have composers writing music for three sites including:

The Carr Chapel: music by Katrina Burton
The Nichols Tower: music by Jonathan Hannau
The Graham Foundation: music by Sarah Wald

The music will be performed approximately every 15 minutes in each of the four sites on Saturday, October 18 or Sunday October 19.  Complete schedule information will be available shortly.

Free and open to all ages!

Visit the Open House Chicago website for a list of all the sites

Click on a video below to hear some music performed at sites in previous years: