For the first time ever, Lincoln Park has been chosen as one of the areas spotlighted for the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Third Annual Open House Chicago. The Oct. 19-20 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. event features a free, city-wide behind-the-scenes look at many of Chicago's great places and spaces.
The foundation cited the neighborhood's rich history in its decision to incorporate it, according to its website.
"Evidence of rebuilding from the Chicago Fire of 1871 can still be seen along Menomonee Street, a narrow alley just west of the park, which still retains much of its 1800s character," one line says.
In total, 150 of Chicago's buildings will be open during the event for spectators' perusal.
"CAF inspires people to discover why design matters," its website says. "Open House Chicago (OHC) gives you access to buildings that tell the stories of Chicago communities and cultures. By venturing into diverse neighborhoods for self-guided exploration, OHC participants come together to discover community and place."
Lincoln Park gems listed on the foundations website for the event include:
- Brewster Apartments, 2800 N. Pine Grove Ave.
- Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
- National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave.
- Elks National Memorial, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave.
- Howard Alan Architects, 849 W. Armitage Ave. (enter through alley)
- Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Dr.
- Lincoln Park Zoo, Laflin Administration Building, 2001 N. Clark St.
- Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St.
- Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, 2700 N. Pine Grove Ave.
- Sedgwick Studio, 1544 N. Sedgwick St.
- St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Pl.
- The Moody Church, 1630 N. Clark St.