Open House Chicago Volunteer and Marketing Opportunities

Open House Chicago is partnering with the Year of Chicago Theatre to highlight the unique spaces throughout Chicago where live performances happen!

Open House Chicago is a free annual festival organized by the Chicago Architecture Center that opens sites of architectural, historical, or cultural interest for public exploration. This year’s event on October 19-20 is expected to draw over 100,000 visitors to 250+ sites in 30+ neighborhoods.
Through a collaboration with the Year of Chicago Theatre special events committee, visitors to the 2019 Open House Chicago will be able to explore and discover more theatres in neighborhood spaces across the city than ever before!
Check out two great ways to help support the Year of Chicago Theatre’s partnership with this signature citywide event:

Volunteer for Open House Chicago
Open House Chicago 2019 needs over 1,000 volunteers to assist visitors at sites throughout the city! Join this exciting opportunity to support a major citywide effort. OHC volunteers receive great benefits, including a Priority Access Pass allowing you to skip long lines at busy OHC sites. Plus, it’s a great way to help welcome visitors on behalf of Chicago’s wonderful theatre community!
Sign up to receive information as soon as volunteer registration opens. You will be able to select your preferred site and shift at that time – select a YOCT site and show your support for your theatre colleagues! For questions, email

Special Marketing Opportunity for Theatres
In honor of the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theatre partnership with Open House Chicago, any theatre venue can receive a 25% discount on advertising rates in the Open House Chicago event guide!
Email Meghan Kastenholz at by August 22 if interested. Artwork must be submitted by August 29. Advertisements are available in the OHC Event Guide (500k+ copies) at the following sizes and rates, subject to space constraints: Full page (10” x 10.5”) – $10,000 • Half page horizontal (10” x 5.1875”) or vertical (4.875” x 10”) – $5,000 • Quarter page square (4.875” x 5.1875”) – $2,500 • 1/8 page horizontal (4.875” x 2.4375”) – $1,500