Open House Chicago 2019

Kick-off this fall with a tour of Chicago’s hidden gems. Now in its ninth year, the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s architectural treasures. We’ve put together a list of diverse spots throughout Chicagoland you can check out by Divvy bike as you venture into new neighborhoods.

Open House Chicago 2019

Get your helmet ready you’ve got over 350 cool places to explore in 38 different Chicago neighborhoods.

Grab a Day Pass for 24-hours of 3-hour rides and go explore! Use promo code OHC19 in the Divvy app for $5 off the Day Pass (October 19-20, 2019 only)! Download the Divvy app for real-time bike & dock availability. Skip the kiosk and purchase a pass directly through the app.

Back of the Yards

Closest Divvy station: Ashland Ave & McDowell Ave

Enjoy a barrel-aged beer at the Whiner Beer Co. The taproom’s industrial-chic Edison bulbs and wooden tables with built-in planters is guaranteed to give a warm and inviting feeling. This brewery and taproom is located inside The Plant, a net-zero energy business located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Try their “Hell Kitty Kitty”, a Dry-Hopped Belgo-American Pale Ale or “Monsieur Monster”, a sour Saison with pineapple. Tour the brewery for free any Saturday after 3 pm. The Plant will give you a glimpse at the future of urban food production. Explore beer and kombucha breweries, catch a whiff of a coffee roaster, see their indoor farms, and much more.

Near West Side

Closest Divvy Station: Aberdeen St & Monroe St

If you’re a child at heart then you need to make a pitstop at Big Monster Toys. This toy and game design studio will make you think you stepped into Santa’s workshop. Did we mention they have a 25 foot tall stuffed giraffe? This world-renowned toy invention firm has worked with widely known clients including Mattel, Fisher-Price, USAopoly, Hasbro, and more. Chat with BMT’s toy inventors to learn about the world-famous toys invented in their office.


Closest Divvy station: Daley Plaza Center

Theater geeks rejoice! This theatre, originally named the Oriental Theatre hosted famous stars like Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and The Three Stooges. Feast your eyes on the stunning lobby and main level of the auditorium. Broadway In Chicago staff will be available to provide a history lesson on the theatre. This site is within walking distance of several other participating locations for this year’s Open House Chicago so gather your friends and plan your itinerary!

Gold Coast

Closest Divvy station: Lake Shore Dr & North Blvd

If you’re a fan of surgical science then this next destination is for you. The International Museum of Surgical Science is North America’s only museum dedicated to the history and art of surgery. Go back in time with a collection of medical and surgical devices, and if that doesn’t pique your interest, then the ancient human skulls and bone-saws surely will! Get in the Halloween spirit with their Trick or Treat? Morbid Curiosities After Hours Tour, discover the darkest tools in the history of medicine get your tickets here. IMSS’s admission fee is waived on Tuesdays, with proof of residency.

Old Town

Closest Divvy station: Wells St & Concord Ln

See a comedy show, take an improv class, or you can even take a professional development course. The possibilities are endless at The Second City. Now in its 60th year, The Second City has become the world’s premier comedy club and school of improvisation. You might recognize some of the successful Second City alumni. To name a few there’s Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and Mike Myers. So be sure to take a tour of this historic theater and explore the hidden spaces within the building