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Photo Essay: Open House Chicago

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During the month of October, the city opens the doors of the city’s most iconic buildings to the public — for free. For tourists and Chicagoans alike, Open House Chicago (OHC) makes for great opportunity to explore the city. This year there were about 3,000 people who waited in hour-long lines for access to these historic sites. 

  • Admiring the primary colors from London House. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • A helicopter as it carried a battery to generate one of Chicago’s buildings. Location: Near by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Cerise Rooftop Bar. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Shadow and reflection create a double-exposure at the Blue Cross Blue Shield building. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • At 173 meters tall, the First United Methodist Church, or the "Sky Church," is the tallest place of worship in the world. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Visitors attend an architecture tour. Railway Exchange Building. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Navy Pier. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Railway Exchange Building. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • From 300 East Randolph visitors get a beautiful views of the Chicago’s famous skyscrapers and Millennium Park. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • The architecture of the Wrigley Building building was inspired by a cathedral in Seville, Spain. One of Chicago's most recognized buildings, the white terra cotta exterior, clock, and riverside location stun tourists and locals alike. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Elevators navigate the Blue Cross Blue Shield building. Photographed by Shannon Xu.
  • Some of the best places to get cool rooftop views of Chicago are rooftop bars. We often look up to skyscrapers; why not look down? Cerise Rooftop Bar. Photographed by Shannon Xu.

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