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Edgewater Landmark Among Top 5 Visited Sites From Open House Chicago 2019

It was a record breaking year for the Chicago Architecture Center’s (CAC) Open House Chicago event with 370,000 site visits to locations selected by the organization. In addition, out of the several Edgewater and Andersonville locations that were included in the list of architectural gems, one local building was in the top five attended neighborhood sites for 2019.

Approximately 109,000 Chicagoans and visitors participated in this year’s Open House Chicago, a 9% increase from last year. The 2019 event was held October 19 – 20 and included the most options ever for attendees with 352 sites in 38 neighborhoods. The free event granted the public inside access to historic Chicago buildings including skyscrapers, theaters, mansions, churches and private clubs.

Here in Edgewater and Andersonville guests were able to tour important local sites such as the Colvin House, St. Ita Roman Catholic Church, the Lytle House and the Chicago Filmmakers building. However, it was the Edgewater Beach Apartments that once again stole the show.

The CAC put together a list of top sites, one for downtown locations and another for selected neighborhood locations. The Edgewater Beach Apartments was the fifth most visited neighborhood site bringing in 2,245 during the two-day event. The other most visited neighborhood sites included the Elks National Memorial in Lakeview (3,822), Lincoln Park Conservatory (3,722), Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette (3,536), and the Wheeler Mansion in South Loop (2,367).

The Edgewater Beach Apartments has been the neighborhood’s guiding beacon located at the corner of Sheridan and Bryn Mawr and overlooking the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. But it is also quickly becoming a treasured landmark of Chicago that brings up images of an Edgewater community that was once a traveler’s destination, a distinguishing trait that the area is again known for.

Designed by Marshall and Fox in 1918, The Edgewater Beach Apartments was once a part of the massive Edgewater Beach Hotel complex which brought in thousands of tourists every year. The delightfully pink Spanish-style gem survived after its brother hotel building was sadly demolished in the late 1960s.

The Edgewater Beach Apartments became a co-op in 1949, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The unique shaped exterior has and equally impressive exterior that beckons to an opulent time when the building was part of a grand resort which includes ground floor shops and a gorgeous Beaux-Arts pool.

The CAC will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Open House Chicago next year on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 in 2020.

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