Best Things to Do in October in Chicago

POCKET GUIDE: A cultural shortlist for October, in order of buzz

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Emil Bach House

OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO, CHICAGO IDEAS WEEK

Boardrooms, basements, brains: Peer inside all kinds of rarely seen spaces, thanks to Open House Chicago, a weekend of free behind-the-scenes tours (the Monadnock, FLW’s Emil Bach House), and Chicago Ideas Week, an inaugural convention of big thinkers (Jeanne Gang, Sanjay Gupta).

DETAILS:

10/10–16 This inaugural roundup of more than 100 speakers aims to spark light bulbs across Chicago. Highlights include lectures by Mayor Emanuel, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the chefs Paul Kahan and Homaro Cantu, and Major League Baseball’s official historian, John Thorn. Details: chicagoideas.com.

10/15–16 Remember Great Chicago Places and Spaces? This weekend of behind-the-scenes access to iconic locales, organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a lot like that—maybe even better. Just some of the free VIP-for-all peeks scheduled: inside the Crown Fountain, the Chicago Temple’s Sky Chapel, the original Marshall Field’s boardroom, the Monadnock’s penthouse carpentry shop, Lake Point Tower’s rooftop garden, backstage at the Pritzker Pavilion, a taping of Jesse Jackson’s broadcast at Operation Rainbow PUSH, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s usually closed-to-the-public Emil Bach House. Sat–Sun 9–5. Advance registration recommended. Details: caf.architecture.org.

 

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Photograph: Caroline Stevens

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