This summer, Navy Pier is your one-stop destination for all things The Rolling Stones related. Don't miss the limited engagement: Exhibitionism, delivered by DHL, now open at Navy Pier through July 30, 2017.
The 18,000 square-foot exhibit is an immersive experience that takes visitors through The Rolling Stones' entire career. Guests walk through different rooms showcasing over 500 rare artifacts as they follow the journey of the band from the early days through their mega-stardom. Exhibitionism culminates in a "backstage tour" and a 3D concert experience.
Exhibitionism is originated and produced by Australian-based iEC Exhibitions! with the full participation of Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, and curated by New York native Ileen Gallagher.
The Rolling Stones are arguably one of the most influential pop icons in modern history. The exhibit showcases The Stones' influence on everything from fashion to music to art. Here are a few gems to look out for:
- Fashions worn by the band throughout their career, including fashions from Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Hedi Slimane, Ossie Clark, L’Wren Scott, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mr Fish and many more, with contributions from Anna Sui, John Varvatos and Tommy Hilfiger. Look out for the Alexander McQueen bedazzled jacket showcasing the classic lips symbol that Mick Jagger wore on the Licks Tour in '02-'03.
- Replicas of the famous stage designs from various Stones tours. Don't miss the Bridges to Babylon 2016 Tour Stage Model replica and read about what it took to have a bridge emerge from the stage.
- The collection of influential (and often controversial) album cover art. Don't miss the Sticky Fingers album cover conceptualized by Andy Warhol picturing a closeup of a man's crotch in jeans with a real zip fly.
- The collection of Ronnie and Keith's vintage guitars, many of which are rarely on display.
- After walking through a life-size replica of the band's first flat, you enter a gallery with artifacts from the band's early years. Don't miss the Fan Club Notes from 1963. It's a collection of handwritten bios of the band members, you can read their self-professed likes, dislikes, hobbies and most thrilling experiences. They're hilarious and worth a full read!
While visitors can expect to spend 1-2 hours in the exhibit, you should allow for extra time to wander Navy Pier as the Rolling Stone's programming doesn't end at the exhibit. Navy Pier is featuring various free events and programming, and a few Navy Pier establishments are even participating with special Exhibitionism-themed deals and promotions.
Among the free programming is All-Access with Paul Natkin, a photo gallery featuring about 30 iconic images of The Rolling Stones’ captured by Chicago native and band photographer, Paul Natkin. The gallery is a complimentary sneak peek of the main exhibit, highlighting iconic band moments.
Navy Pier is also syncing select fireworks displays to The Rolling Stones songs. The Aon-sponsored fireworks displays are every Wednesday at 9:30 pm and Saturday at 10:15 pm through Labor Day. The Saturday night shows through July 30 are synchronized The Rolling Stones songs.
The Pier will also host The Rolling Stones cover bands at the Miller Lite Beer Garden on July 1 and July 29.
Navy Pier has also partnered with the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront and the Loews Chicago Hotel to bring 13 ‘tongue and lips’ logo sculptures to Chicago. Find 11 of the sculptures at Navy Pier, with the other two at the respective hotels. All the sculptures feature a unique design. The statues will be auctioned off at the end of the summer and a portion of the proceeds will go to a local Chicago charity. Both of the hotels are also featuring special Stones-themed overnight packages.
Final Weeks: Buy Tickets Now!
- One-time admission is $40.
- Discounted ticket rates during the month of June are $25 Monday - Friday and $29 on Saturday and Sunday.
- VIP tickets are $80 and include entry to the Exhibition on two separate days (2 visits); VIP Souvenir Ticket and Lanyard; the ability to arrive on any day for any session with no advance booking; and the VIP Fast track entry lane into the exhibit.
Learn more about Exhibitionism and get complete ticket details at stonesexhibitionism.com.
Photo credits: Band Picture and exhibit photos courtesy of Courtesy of Exhibitionism and Choose Chicago. Image of logo sculpture courtesy of Navy Pier.