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It’s curious to think that in the mid-19th century, the Union Stock Yard Gate once was the last thing that millions of animals saw as they were led to their slaughter for use as meat products and various other sundry goods. Today, visitors to this city landmark will only encounter rumbling trucks belonging to nearby companies such as the Royal Envelope Corporation, Aramark Uniform Services and the Superior Nut & Candy Company.

Once a year, Chicago's closed-to-the-public architectural gems open their doors wide to welcome visitors from near and far. If you've ever dreamed of going behind-the-scenes, inside a Chicago masterpiece, you won't want to miss Open House Chicago, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. This free, two-day public event, held this year on October 14 and 15, offers access to our city's exclusive, magnificent mansions, skyscrapers, theaters, private clubs, industrial facilities, private offices and sacred spaces. While the open sites can be discovered in just about every neighborhood in the city, this year marks the first time that the Northwest Side neighborhood of Logan Square/Avondale will be joining the mix.

The design competition for the Chicago Tribune Tower was one of the most celebrated international architectural competitions of the 20th century. On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune announced that they entries would be welcome from anywhere in the world. The prize? $50,000. Over the coming months, they received over 260 entries. In the end, the winning entry was a formidable design proffered by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood.

As one walks south on Michigan Avenue from Congress Parkway, a gleaming image emerges on the west side of the street. Beyond the glass facade of the Spertus Museum of Judaica and the buildings of Columbia College, there it is: the Blackstone Hotel, a beacon of good taste and luxury since the day it opened its doors in in 1910.

It’s always a fun and exciting idea to spend a night or two in the Loop. During the day, you can appreciate the cadence of folks on their way to work or the casual attitude of strolling tourists, architectural enthusiasts and others who might just be taking their time to appreciate Chicago’s details. One of the best places to set up your home base for exploration is the J. W. Marriott Chicago on West Adams Street. Here's a profile of this architecturally-significant Chicago hotel below.

Hey, did you know it's the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth? Did you also know the Chicago suburb of Oak Park is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings worldwide?

It's an exciting time to celebrate this architectural genius with a wide range of programs sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. One of the most compelling events will be the Wright Plus 150 Architectural House Walk in Oak Park on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9am-5pm.

Chicago is a city easily explored by foot or riding the 'L' train, with chances to view the architecture up close and experience the fabulous neighborhoods and parks. But for those times out of the year when the city weather is less cooperative, and for visitors who want the leisurely enjoyment and educational edification of a bus tour of Chicago, we'e got you covered. Check out these touring bus companies for another view of Chicago.

Stockyards in Bridgeport

Started in 2011, Open House Chicago is a fantastic way to explore the nooks and crannies throughout Chicago that you might not otherwise get the opportunity to see up close. Presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the event boasts free tours of over 200 buildings that will open their doors to visitors on October 15-16. You can spend one day exploring sites in the Loop, and the other day check out some of the amazing opportunities in other great parts of the city. Here’s a guide to three neighborhoods you’ll want to visit as part of this amazing two-day celebration of Chicago architecture and design.

Lobby of Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop

Experience Chicago's rich architectural history firsthand with a stay at the newly opened Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop. Located in the 100-year-old Roanoke Building (11 S. LaSalle Street), which is registered as a Chicago Historic Landmark, the hotel offers elegant historic touches in the bustling financial district.

Chicago Architecture Biennial

From Oct. 3, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will showcase innovation in contemporary architecture with exhibitions, installations and a slew of engaging events. The programming appeals to both the stuffiest of architecture geeks to the everyday visitor wanting to better understand ideas in architecture today.  

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