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The leaves aren't the only thing changing in Chicago right now. Michigan Avenue is preparing for the opening of a flagship Apple store, and we're all planning out which identities we'll assume for Halloween festivities ahead of October 31. It finally feels as though we're settling into the brisker weather, so we're glad so many of this weekend's events are cozy, indoor ventures. 

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.

Even the most die-hard urbanologist could never possibly visit all of Chicago’s distinguished buildings in two, three, or four lifetimes. It would be a formidable task, indeed. Fortunately, there is a weekend of great repute that happens to afford wonderful access to over 200 buildings that would make any student of architecture envious.

Why are most of a city’s most beautiful spaces not granted public access? Even those that do might limit admission with entrance fees, while others are completely closed off to the public. Wouldn't it be nice to see what lies behind the closed doors of some of Chicago’s most emblematic buildings?

Thanks to the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), once a year, the public is invited to explore the inside of usually locked up buildings—completely free of charge.

University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel With all the excitement going on in Chicago this weekend, you definitely won't want to miss out. Explore 200 hidden architecture gems, visit 30+ art spaces, taste wines from Italy's 20 regions, take advantage of 11 days of museum deals and much more. Don't believe me? See for yourself! Here's your weekend alert.

Congress Plaza Hotel Ballroom

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, now in its 6th year, is a free public festival that gives you the chance to go behind-the-scenes at more than 200 iconic buildings across Chicago. This 48-hour program, taking place October 15–16, uncovers Chicago gems that are usually closed to the public. Here are seven downtown spots we can't wait to check out during Open House Chicago 2016.

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.

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