View Some of Chicago’s Untouchable Architecture

October 14, 2011

Want a tour some of Chicago’s greatest buildings that are normally not open to the public?

frank lloyd wright house on tour

The Emil Bach House in Rogers Park, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and generally closed to the public, is open this weekend for openhousechicago.

You have that chance this weekend.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting openhousechicago 2011 (OHC), a free tour of some of Chicago’s most important and interesting places and spaces in a wide range of city neighborhoods this Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are four different shuttles for you to catch any time. You don’t need to sign up, and you don’t need tickets. Just go.

OHC2011 is a celebration of Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities. Its theme is sustainability, and the tour will focus on certain Chicago buildings’ commitment to energy efficiency and how these places help sustain communities.

For complete information about the weekend, visit openhousechicago.org.

Here are some more ideas for a fun and productive weekend around Chicagoland:

*Document Shredding: By shredding sensitive documents, you are taking an important step in protecting yourself from identity theft. Liberty Bank for Savings is hosting a free shredding event at its Norwood location, 6210 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can bring up to 25 pounds to be shredded for free; reservations are not required.

*Electronics Recycling: The city of Park Ridge is hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Highway, Park Ridge. There is a fee of $5 per car, but participants will get a $5 coupon good toward a $20 purchase at participating retailers.

*French Fall Market: Lycée Français de Chicago, 613 W. Bittersweet Pl., Chicago, is hosting this Marché d’Automne, or French market, which will offer home items, jewelry and cuisine from France. Hours are Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.

*Andersonville Arts Weekend: This 9th annual festival celebrates the artists who live and work in the Chicago neighborhood. Their art will be on display in galleries, restaurants, retail stores and other non-traditional art spaces from Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16. Friday will also include Night of 100 pARTies!, an evening of receptions up and down Clark Street.

*Harvest Festival: This 20th annual event includes a farmer’s market, tours, live music and a scarecrow building contest. The free fest is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago.

*Fall Fest: Get into the Halloween spirit at the Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison, Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be haunted houses, parties and pumpkin patches, where you can find the perfect pumpkin to bring home.

*Corn Harvest Festival: Experience harvest time from an earlier era at Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.There will be wagon rides, farm activities, live demonstrations and a chance to pick corn by hand. Admission is $3; children under three are free.

*Somme Prairie Grove Tour: This two-mile hike will focus on the natural and human history of the grove, with an emphasis on geology, fire, restoration and vegetation. The tour steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 in the Somme Woods parking lot, near Waukegan and Dundee Roads in Northbrook.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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