Doors Open 2020 Will Be Virtual Event
Pandemic alters form of popular event that provides inside look at over 100 city buildings.
The 10th annual Doors Open Milwaukee won’t look anything like the events that preceded it.
The event would normally feature approximately 150 buildings opening their doors to tens of thousands of visitors over a late September weekend. The most popular sites regularly draw lines and have people crammed into elevators and other small spaces as they tour everything from Northwestern Mutual Tower to the Schuster Mansion Bed & Breakfast.
But with the COVID-19 pandemic, crowds, particularly in small spaces, are a no go. What to do? Go virtual.
The revised program will run from September 26th through October 11th.
There will be some in-person, socially-distant programming. Designed by artist CK Ledesma, a neighborhood activity booklet will feature family-friendly interactive activities and highlight 16 Milwaukee neighborhoods. “We hope visitors will take the opportunity to explore Milwaukee safely,” said the organization.
It’s not the first open house type event to move to a virtual program. A similar event in Buenos Aires, Argentina switched to a virtual format in July.
Open House Chicago, scheduled to run from October 16th through the 25th, will be entirely outdoors or virtual. The event has the second-highest attendance of any of the open house events that take place across the world.
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