From the Saturday, Oct. 18, editions of The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.) and The Times (Ottawa, Ill.) …
The WISCH LIST
By Dave Wischnowsky
At some point you’ve strolled past an interesting building in Chicago and thought, “I really wish I could see what’s inside.”
Well, this weekend, you actually can.
Through Open House Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is offering today and Sunday a free, behind-the-scenes look at more than 150 of the greatest places and spaces in neighborhoods across the city.
The venues opening their doors include repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theaters, downtown offices, posh hotels and even a vintage Airstream trailer perched atop a roof on the North Side.
If you can make it up to Chicago, most buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with the full list of sites available at openhousechicago.org. If you can’t make it up to Chicago, here are some of the venues open to the public that I find most intriguing.
Original Sears Tower
The Sears Tower that we all know may not be around any longer – by name, at least, since it’s now called Willis. But at 900 S. Homan Ave. in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, another Sears Tower still stands.
The original one.