JEFFERSON PARK — History buffs will be able to travel back in time to trace the history of Jefferson Park and Portage Park as part of the Open House Tour organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
The free tour will showcase seven historically significant buildings on the Far Northwest Side Oct. 15-16, including the Portage Theater, Our Lady of Victory Church and the Jefferson Masonic Temple.
Many of the original structures that once housed some of the Far Northwest Side's earliest residents — from the elite, to the traveling, to the religious — still stand today and are opening their doors to the public for the 2016 Open House Chicago tour.
The event is sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and features 200 sites across the city and surrounding suburbs.
Here are the Open House stops in Jefferson Park and Portage Park:
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at Schurz High School, 3061 N. Milwaukee Ave.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Jefferson Masonic Temple, 5418 W. Gale St.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Mitchell Kobelinski Theater, the former Gateway Theater at Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
• 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Muslim Community Center, the former Rivoli Theater, 4380 N. Elston Ave.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Our Lady of Victory Church, 5212 W. Agatite Ave.
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Portage Arts Lofts, home of the Filament Theatre and the National Veterans Art Museum and the Chicago Ballet Center, at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
For more information, go to openhousechicago.org.
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