Opened in 1926, the Aragon Ballroom replicates a lavish Spanish courtyard with intricate mosaic tiles, palm trees and a ceiling imitating a starlit sky. See it during Open House Chicago—a free festival weekend this October 13-14 that gets you behind-the-scenes of 150 buildings across the city. www.openhousechicago.org #OHC2012 Who's ready for Open House Chicago 2012! Woohoo!

The Aragon Ballroom

During Open House Chicago, explore the beautiful Riviera Theatre which opened in 1918, 9 years before the first “talkie”. Admire the original ceiling mural in the auditorium as well as the balcony with framed mirrors and original silk curtains. #OHC2012 www.openhousechicago.org #architecture #design #Chicago

Mosaic tile. Blues, oranges and gold

Opened in 1926, the Aragon Ballroom replicates a lavish Spanish courtyard with intricate mosaic tiles, palm trees and a ceiling imitating a starlit sky. See it during Open House Chicago—a free festival weekend this October 13-14 that gets you behind-the-scenes of 150 buildings across the city. www.openhousechicago.org #OHC2012 Who's ready for Open House Chicago 2012! Woohoo!

One of Chicago's earliest examples of modernist architecture, you would never imagine the tranquil courtyard that hides behind the brick walls of the Frank Fisher apartment complex in the heart of the Gold Coast. The Edgar Miller window etchings and carvings make this apartment building like no other in the city. Get behind-the-scenes access to the Frank Fisher complex during Open House Chicago, October 13th-14th. www.openhousechicago.org #OHC2012

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Moroccan architecture

The former Illinois Athletic Club Building was opened in 1908 and underwent at $25 million renovation in 1985 that added six stories. The stunning ballroom originally served as a dining room and has won numerous awards for architectural excellence. The space boasts 26-foot ceilings, marbleized columns and the original terrazzo dance floor. The School of the Art Institute took over the building in 1994. The ballroom's grand piano allegedly came from the former Playboy mansion.

Budapest, Hungary

Aragon Ballroom- So many incredible memories and one of my favorite places in Chicago

Stairs

Photo #1 from the Oriental Theater. This historic theater opened in 1926 and is part of this year's Open House Chicago. www.openhousechicago.org #OHC2012

One of Chicago's earliest examples of modernist architecture, you would never imagine the tranquil courtyard that hides behind the brick walls of the Frank Fisher apartment complex in the heart of the Gold Coast. The Edgar Miller window etchings and carvings make this apartment building like no other in the city. Get behind-the-scenes access to the Frank Fisher complex during Open House Chicago, October 13th-14th. www.openhousechicago.org #OHC2012

Aragon Ballroom (1926), ornamentation detail, 1100 West Lawrence Avenue, Uptown, Chicago

Aragon Ballroom

Mods vs Rockers Chicago 2013: Aragon Ballroom Marquee

Photo #2 from the Oriental Theater. This historic theater opened in 1926 and is part of this year's Open House Chicago. www.openhousechicago.org #OHC2012

Archbishop Quigley Center is the pastoral center and headquarters of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The late 19th and 20th Century Revival style structure was opened on October 2, 1905 as a preparatory seminary, which closed in 2007, after which the building assumed its current role.

Snow in the city

Chicago’s City hall is an impressive 1911 Holabird & Roche monumental neo-classical, 11-story building that incorporates considerable exterior ornamentation & 94 foot tall columns with Corinthian capitals. Visit the Council Chambers, the legislative library and the aldermanic office area during Open House Chicago #OHC2012 www.openhousechicago.org