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Open House Chicago Returns to Hyde Park and Woodlawn October 14-15, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Open House Chicago Returns to Hyde Park and Woodlawn October 14-15, 2017

The SECC is proud to once again serve as the official community partner and announce our continued support of Open House Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago is a FREE public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across Chicago. This year Hyde Park and Woodlawn offers nine AMAZING sites located right within our own communities! The nine sites are as follows:

First Presbyterian Church of Chicago 

Frederick C. Robie House

Grand Ballroom (Cinderella Ballroom)

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation 

Powhatan

Regents Park Apartment

Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (St. Gelasius, St. Clara)

University of Chicago, Quadrangle Club

University of Chicago, South Campus Chiller Plant

In 1853, Hyde Park was established as a modest commuter neighborhood with frequent train service to downtown. In the 1890s, the combined effects of annexation to the City, the World’s Columbian Exposition and the establishment of the University of Chicago triggered a wave of development in Hyde Park and Woodlawn. The fates of the two neighborhoods diverged over the decades: Hyde Park changed was stabilized by Urban Renewal, while Woodlawn first boomed as a commercial and jazz mecca along the 63rd Street branch of the L, then underwent years of disinvestment. Today, the twin communities are undergoing rapid change linked to the continued growth of the University and the coming of the Obama Presidential Center to Jackson Park.

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