Sunday, September 25, 2016

Are you up for a big Urban Sketchers Chicago Challenge?

An Urban Sketchers Chicago Challenge: by Wes Douglas

Dear Urban Sketchers,
Are you up for a big challenge?

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend, October 15-16, 2016, you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.

Here’s your chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Chicago’s buildings and experience the diversity and culture of each community. If you are looking for an excuse to visit Chicago and want to see our city's best architecture spaces, this weekend is highly recommended.

OHC is completely free-of-charge—no registration or tickets are needed. So gather your friends, plan your itinerary and mark your calendar for October 15-16, 2016!

Check out the incredible locations open for touring and sketching:

The Challenge: 
In the past, Urban Sketchers Chicago has organized our October monthly Let's Sketch events around this phenomenal opportunity to see the city's most inspiring and impressive architecture. In our typical format of the "3-hour sketch crawl window," the USk Chicago organizers had taken the liberty to pick out two or three buildings in which to tour but miss out on the other 150 or so equally impressive buildings.

This year's Urban Sketchers Chicago Challenge: I wonder what would happen if I challenged Urban Sketchers to "divide and conquer" as many buildings on your own (or with a sketch buddy) and share your sketches in the Urban Sketchers Chicago Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest groups (whichever is your social media preference).

Add these hashtags (#OHC2016 #uskchicago #urbansketchers) in your descriptions when posting your sketches so that we can find all of your wonderful impressions of the CAF Open House.

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