From world-class art and architecture to the legendary traditions of music and gastronomy, you don’t need to be told that Chicago is one of America’s great cultural centers, but there is an especially strong reason to consider returning to the favorite city in the Midwest in 2022. Throughout the year, Chicago’s venerable and diverse museums present destination-worthy exhibits that take a deep and personal plunge into the history and stories of underrepresented and often marginalized communities, primarily through their voices. With the aim of providing an honest background and promoting healthy pathways into the future, each museum takes a unique approach to its presentation, from the written word to virtual reality. Here are 3 unmissable fairs opening across Chicago this year, along with our top hotel picks for your next visit(s).
Illinois Holocaust Museum
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, the Illinois Holocaust Museum will open Return journey expertise. The exhibition has the distinction of being a world first in the field of Holocaust education, and includes interactive virtual reality technology that takes visitors into a 360-degree representation of Auschwitz, in both historical and modern representations, with guided tours of survivors Fritzy Fritzschall and George Brent. Including two separate film experiences that each won awards at international film festivals, the world debut of Return journey These horrific histories are passed on to new generations as access to those with first-hand experience from a period of more than 75 years in the past becomes even scarcer. The purpose of this emotional exhibition is not simply to shock or destroy, but according to Susan Abrams, CEO of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, “to build compassion and understanding for our common humanity and inspire activism to strengthen our world.” The museum is located about 20 minutes outside The Loop and is well worth the short trip.
Original Facts: Our Voices, Our Stories
Opening on May 20, Chicago Field Museum debut Local Facts: Our Voices, Our Stories, Bring together 125 collaborators representing more than 100 tribes for the inaugural exhibition of the museum’s newly renovated Native North America Hall. Breaking the museum’s tradition of focusing on things, original facts It will focus on the stories told by Native Americans in their own voices. Created under the guidance of a board of 11 Native American scholars and museum professionals, the stories include historical and contemporary stories with the hope of promoting a “new way forward,” particularly in the ways that communities and institutions recognize and interact with Native American realities and experiences.
The Dark Covenant: A Century of Black Writers on Justice
American Writers Museum
The Dark Covenant: A Century of Black Writers on Justice It premieres in June at the Museum of American Writers. Featuring the voices of black American writers spanning nearly 100 years between the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement, this exhibition explores themes of citizenship, rights, justice, love, and joy as they transformed through the decades of this influential century. Including both physical exhibition and online assets for deeper exploration, as well as programs with contemporary black writers, dark covenant Highlights 20 writers and historical activists from Frederick Douglass and Ida B. Through this exhibition, the Museum of American Writers hopes to add unique and original perspectives into the national conversation surrounding diversity, equality, access, and inclusion in the story of America.
Close to the Field Museum, the American Writers Museum and all the way north to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the Thompson Chicago is an upscale accommodations just outside downtown on the Gold Coast. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Windy City from luxuriously comfortably paneled guest rooms and plush, comfortable furnishings, it’s the perfect destination for exploring your surroundings and planning a museum exploration. Nico Osteria, the property’s Italian restaurant serving seafood specialty, and Salone Nico, a cocktail lounge and wine bar, are neighborhood favorites you’ll want to try for yourself; Of course, its popularity means you’ll definitely want to consider bookings before stopping in for a classy evening.