Open House Chicago at Access Living


October 5, 2022 | by Emma Olson

Tour Access Living During the 2022 Open House Chicago Festival

Access Living, LCM Architects, and Elevate on accessible, universal, and green design

Graphic with dark back ground and stylized logo for Open House Chicago. Text below the logo reads "Saturday, October 15th 2022"
Access Living will participate in Open House Chicago October 15.

Access Living is pleased to open its doors, at 115 W. Chicago Ave., from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 15, as part of Open House Chicago.

Join us and our community partners LCM Architects and Elevate to experience accessible, universal, green design firsthand and to learn how it can and should be incorporated in our city spaces. Also stop by the Elevate table to learn about how to incorporate energy efficiency and high performing building features to make every structure more sustainable and affordable!

Guided hour-long tours with our building’s architects and program experts, who have lived-experience with disability, will be offered at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm on Saturday, October 15. 

RSVP for a guided tour now, or stop by anytime on Saturday to say hello, tour our lobby and learn more. We look forward to welcoming you!

Questions about accessibility or reasonable accommodations? Email Bridget Hayman at

Meet Your Tour Guides

A graphic with a circular head shot of Karen Tamley in the center. Below, text reads "Kare Tamley, President and CEO, Access Living."
Karen Tamley

In March 2020, Karen became the new President and CEO of Access Living after serving as the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for 15 years. Throughout her career, Karen has advanced accessibility and disability inclusion in transportation, infrastructure, emergency planning, education, and employment, and overseen the delivery of direct services to thousands of Chicago’s disabled youth and adults. She is a dedicated advocate for the disability community.

Learn more about Karen here.

A graphic with a circular head shot of Dick Lehner. Below, text reads, "Dick Lehner, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Access Living Design Architect, LCM Architects."
Dick Lehner

A founding partner and Partner In Charge of Architecture at LCM, Dick integrates the firm’s accessibility specialty in the design and building process, changing lives and breaking new ground by signaling that spaces can be objects of good design that also are inclusive of a broader, often marginalized, group of people. He is a frequent presenter on the topics of universal and sustainable design.

Learn more about Dick here.

A graphic with a circular head shot of Jack Catlin. Below, text reads, "Jack Catlin, FAIA, Partner, Access Living Design Architect, LCM Architects."
Jack Catlin

Jack has been a pioneer in creating environments for people with disabilities by promoting design elements in the built environment that advance a more inclusive, sustainable society. In this capacity he has traveled the globe, speaking and advising on topics related to universal design and accessibility standards, and has received numerous awards for his leadership in the field. In the early 2000s, Jack was instrumental in the creation of Access Living’s award-winning headquarters.

Learn more about Jack here.