Throwing Open Our Doors for Open House Chicago


Other than jamming your farmers market basket full of gourds, what better way to celebrate the return of fall than to spend time inside some of Chicago’s most inspiring buildings. Open House Chicago is a free event that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 250 buildings across Chicago.

This is our first year participating in the Chicago Architecture Center event with Logan Certified, our first development project in Logan Square. We’re always eager to talk about the architecture process and can’t get enough of this cliché – so we’re throwing open our doors for Open House Chicago on Saturday, Oct 13 from 9am – 5pm and Sunday, Oct 14 from 9am – 5pm. Stop in and check out our new studio and prized wood burning pizza oven inside the interior courtyard!


Having to choose from 250 building sites and determining which ones to visit can be daunting. We have a couple of suggestions, even though we may be biased. Two of our adaptive reuse projects/building sites are also taking part in Open House Chicago, and they are definitely worth a visit and walk through.  The Lawrence House in Uptown and Wild Blossom Meadery in Beverly. Formerly an Art Deco style hotel and reputed hangout of The Ratpack, The Lawrence House underwent a complete renovation and includes a gym, lounge and party room in addition to 331 apartment units on its thirteen stories. Wild Blossom Meadery is Chicago’s first meadery; mead is a drink made by fermenting honey with yeast. The renovated industrial building includes a green roof which is home to the bees that produce the honey, and the lofted interior features a tasting room, production facility and space for wine and beer making classes.


Logan Certified mixed use building at 2855 West Diversey Avenue 

The Lawrence House (lobby view) at 1020 West Lawrence Avenue

Wild Blossom at 9030 South Hermitage Avenue (photo cred: Eric Rogers)