Open House Chicago is an annual event where over 200 buildings open up for free tours. Most of the buildings aren’t normally even open to visitors, so it is even more special to get to see inside.
We spent two very long days touring as many as possible.
Our first stop was the Federal Reserve Bank, where they have a money museum.
Next door is the Chicago Board of Trade, featuring a large vault in the basement housing safe deposit boxes, including one was used by Al Capone.
The lobby of the Board of Trade Building is magnificent.
Further up South LaSalle Street we were able to go up to a 22nd floor outdoor seating area of a financial firm.
The lobby of 231 South LaSalle Street is very ornate, although cluttered with the Cubs ‘W’ flag because of the playoffs.
One of the few lines we encountered was at the famed Rookery Building. On this day we could go up to the spiral staircase.
The view from below leading up the staircase is equally impressive.
The lobby at 1 North LaSalle Street continues with the Art Deco style of most of the buildings on the street,
Another basement, another safe deposit section. This one was massive.
One of the newest buildings is 150 North Riverside, with it’s tapered bottom.
The position of 150 North Riverside at the corner of the branches of the Chicago River offered great views in all directions.
Back on the ground for a panorama of the area.
The Builders Building also has a great lobby.
The Michigan Avenue lift bridge was open with views of the gears and the opportunity to go up to the tower.