Since the Rolling Stones multimedia experience, Exhibitionism, opened at Navy Pier on April 15, fans have been thrilled to view a dynamic showcase of the greatest rock band in history. The display of over 500 personal effects from the band's lengthy career, including costumes, diaries and song lyrics, documents their journey from an amateur British band to the world's most influential rock group. It also reveals the Stones significant connection to the blues and Chicago.
Exhibitionism—The Rolling Stones at Navy Pier
Look out for the recreation of the grungy Chelsea apartment that Mick, Keith and Brian Jones shared in 1962 and 1963. Strewn among the dirty dishes and beer bottles, you'll spot records by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Willie Dixon. The records are just for effect, these are the musicians that the group listened to non-stop and they all recorded at Chicago's legendary blues label, Chess Records.
Chess Records is also where The Stones recorded their first hit, "It's All Over Now." It's important to remember that even the Rolling Stones' name was taken from a Muddy Waters song, so they were determined to make a pilgrimage to Chicago and Chess Records when they made their first U.S. tour in 1964. They recorded 14 tracks over two days at Chess Records, and you can view the intact studio at the Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation located in the Chess Records building on South Michigan. The Stones immortalized the studio with their instrumental "2120 S. Michigan," recorded during that session.
Another Chicago-related artifact included at the exhibit is the 1978 Ebony Magazine wig ad that inspired the iconic art work for the Some Girls album. Ebony Magazine is a noted African American publication that was headquartered in Chicago, not far from Chess Records. Some Girls also featured the classic hit "Miss You" highlighted with a searing harmonica solo played by Chicago-based harp master Sugar Blue.
Exhibitionism—The Rolling Stones + Vamonde = A Digital Tour Across Chicago
Visit the exhibit at Navy Pier and then download the Vamonde app to keep the adventure going! The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism has teamed up with Vamonde, a mobile storytelling platform, to create an interactive experience that will allow Vamonde app users the chance to explore the band's historic Chicago locations featured in Navy Pier's latest exhibit.
This immersive ‘adventure' guides urban explorers and Stones fans across the city to experience the stories of the band and its spiritual and musical bond with Chicago. Learn about The Rolling Stones' Windy City landmarks, such as the Arie Crown Theater, a favorite venue of the band during the 1960's. A map of featured iconic Chicago locations can be found here at stonesexhibitionism.com/map/
The Vamonde app and the Exhibitionism adventure are downloadable for free on iOS and Android. To begin your experience, go to Exhibitionism—The Rolling Stones: From London with Love.
Plan Your Trip: Exhibit Details
Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones
*Limited engagement through July 30, 2017
Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue, Festival Hall B)
Tickets range from $32- $35 for adults, $25-$27 for Students/Senior (65+)/Military and the exhibit is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are on sale now!
VIP tickets are available for $80, which includes 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.
Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or visiting BICGroups.com.