October 19-20, 2019
The Chicago Architecture Center’s annual Open House Chicago showcases significant sites across the city over a single fall weekend, offering visitors free behind-the-scenes tours led by informed volunteers. DMA’s Jason Westrope, Erik Haugsnes and Heather Martin were among those providing an inside look at the iconic 900 North Michigan building, one of 250-plus sites participating in this year’s event.
DMA supported recent renovations and enhancements at 900 North Michigan, including a new entry, updated common areas, lighting and illuminated signage. Among the facts shared on the tour:
The Canopy—an LED “canvas” of 20 million pixels on the ceiling of the 900 North Michigan Shops—is the largest horizontal digital art installation in North America.
Aster Hall, a 22,000-square-foot food hall operated by Hogsalt and served by a new express elevator, was named for the Aster flower, native to Chicago.
Ignite Glass Studios, another DMA project, also participated in Open House Chicago. The site featured glassblowing demonstrations and rooftop and gallery access.