7 Family-Friendly Open House Chicago Sites to See

For many locals, Open House Chicago has become a fun fall tradition to get free access to the city’s amazing architecture. This year on Oct. 15-26, the Chicago Architecture Center will change the festival to offer online programs and self-guided trails featuring more than 100 unique sites. We’ve rounded up the best family-friendly options that everyone can enjoy.  

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please do not to attempt to enter any buildings and wear face coverings at all times. Download Chicago Architecture Center’s app, OHC2020, to for more information. Stay safe! 

The Givins Castle

Where: 10255 S. Seeley Ave., Chicago

Known as the “Irish Castle” in the Beverly neighborhood, the history buffs in your family will love to walk inside Chicago’s most famous castle. Fun fact: In the late 1880s, first owner Robert C. Givins’ vision for this mansion was based on a castle he visited in Ireland. This site is featured on Open House Chicago’s Virtual Family Trail.

The Mile of Murals in Rogers Park

Where: Start at Glenwood Avenue and Greenleaf Ave, Chicago

Have you tried mural hopping in the city? Along the CTA Red Line through Rogers Park, your family can explore various painting with themes including local history and architecture. If you snap a photo, tag us on Instagram with #ShareChicagoParent.

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Where: 2391 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago

The Lincoln Park Conservatory is temporarily closed, but you can still explore the exterior of the building and learn a bit about Annette McCrea, one of the nation’s earliest female landscape architects. This site is part of the Open House Chicago trail, A Women’s History of Lincoln Park.

The Plant

Where: 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago

Take a look at the urban food production facility that houses 20 businesses, including eight indoor and outdoor farms. This year, The Plant is hosting an outdoor vegan farmer’s market. It will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 25.

Jackson Park’s Wooded Island

Where: Near S. Cornell Drive & 59th St., Chicago

The 15-acre island was added to Jackson Park’s original layout during the 1893 World’s Fair. Explore the rest of Jackson Park and other nearby areas in Hyde Park and Woodlawn through Open House Chicago’s Bike Trail: Olmsted’s South Park.

Héctor Duarte Studio

Where: 1900 W. Cullerton St., Chicago

While we’re not able to explore Héctor Duarte’s home and studio this year, you can still admire the exterior covered in murals. Your family can find other outdoor art in the area by following Open House Chicago’s Neighborhood Trail: Pilsen Mosaics.

Women’s Park and Gardens

Where: 1801 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago

This small park honors prominent women in Chicago’s history as you follow the footpath with lush plants and art sculptures. Continue to explore the area by admiring the exterior mansions in the area featured on an Open House Chicago trail.


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This article originally published on Oct. 15, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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