Open House Chicago Open Eyes

February may be just around the corner, and it will surely bring snow flurries and cold temperatures to Chicago, but the weather has been unusually warm for most of the season, and many people have been taking advantage of the crisp winter air.

A View of Hyde Park

Among them are the thousands of people who turned out to participate in Open House Chicago, an architecture tour designed to appeal to nosy neighbors and potential home buyers throughout Chicago and abroad.

According to WBEZ, Open House Chicago “gave the public access to about 130 nooks and crannies that are normally off limits, such as the store windows at Macy’s. The Chicago Architecture Foundation estimates participants made about 100,000 site visits.”

These tour sites included chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes, historical society buildings, museums, office buildings, and—of course—single family homes and condos currently on the market.

“Paul Bluestone, who heads the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, says this mix was on purpose: ‘It’s a United Nations of Chicago. It’s one of the most diverse communities in the country. Having a tour which focused only on the architectural relevance of some of the buildings would kind of miss the point a little bit.'”

Bluestone went on to say that “I think it’s great for people to be looking in places they haven’t looked before and asking questions about buildings and history. It’s great to have curious people wandering around.”

And we certainly agree with Bluestone. Chicagoans interested in purchasing a home before the holidays ought to take advantage of this warm Chicago weather while they can and visit as many houses and condos as possibly.

In a single weekend, for instance, an interested home buyer could check out dozens of available homes in neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park, and Lincoln Park.

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