Rock with The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier, delve into Jurassic World at The Field Museum and check out all of the other must-see 2017 Chicago exhibits.


Your group will be wowed by the amazing array of can’t-miss Chicago exhibitions on show around the city. From rock ‘n’ roll and movie dinosaurs to the secret world of spies and fine French art, there’s something to appeal to everyone’s interest.


Extended through September 4, 2017
Brick by Brick | Museum of Science and Industry

Brick By Brick at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Kids and adults alike will be inspired by more than a dozen giant LEGO® versions of engineering marvels that include the Golden Gate Bridge, International Space Station and Roman Colosseum. These LEGO® creations, created by Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker, reveal the complex architectural designs of the original structures. Try your hand at building a LEGO® masterpiece in the open build area.


April 8-November 26, 2017
Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America | Chicago History Museum

This traveling exhibition from the International Spy Museum explores nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by enemies within their own borders. Events ranging from the 1813 burning of the White House to 9/11 illustrate the corresponding evolution of U.S. counterintelligence and homeland security. Chicago coverage includes a look at the radical Weather Underground group and their violent Days of Rage demonstration that took place in the city in 1969.


April 15-July 30, 2017
Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones | Navy Pier

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

Get ready to rock the world of The Rolling Stones. This immersive musical exhibition follows the story of the world’s greatest rock and roll band from its beginnings in a tiny London flat (meticulously recreated for the exhibit) to performing on the biggest stages around the globe. More than 500 original and rare items from The Rolling Stones archives are on display, including the band’s handwritten lyric books and personal diaries, costumes by revolutionary designers such as Alexander McQueen, recordings and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage. Highlights include a cinema showing a high-octane Rolling Stones film and a recording studio featuring the band’s actual instruments.


May 26-January 7, 2018
Jurrasic World: The Exhibition | The Field Museum

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Developed with the expertise of renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, this awesome exhibit inspired by the wildly popular movie of the same name makes its Midwest debut at Chicago’s Field Museum. Enter the huge outdoor tent on the museum’s front lawn and be plunged into incredibly realistic scenes from the movie with animatronic dinosaurs that are almost close enough to touch.


June 6-September 24, 2017
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg | Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA presents a major retrospective of this Japanese artist known for his vibrant anime-inspired characters, as well as high-profile collaborations with musician Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton. Rooted in the tradition of Japanese painting and folklore, the exhibit features 50 works that spans three decades of the artist’s career, from early pieces that are being shown in North America for the first time to Murakami’s current monumental paintings.


June 25-September 10, 2017
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist | Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin, French, 1848-1903, Day of the God, 1894, Oil on canvas, 68.3 x 91.5cm

Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, this exhibit is the first to examine the artist’s all-consuming interest in craft and applied decorative arts. Moving beyond Paul Gauguin’s renowned work as a painter, the exhibition features his work ​in ​ceramics, woodcarving, printmaking and furniture decoration, ​and their relationship to his canvases. Featuring a diverse selection of Gauguin’s creative output, the exhibition includes the largest-ever public presentation of his existing ceramics and groupings of object​s ​reunited for the first time ​since ​leaving his studio.

Paul Gauguin, French, 1848-1903, Day of the God, 1894, Oil on canvas, 68.3 x 91.5cm


July 16-November 12, 2017
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution | Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Bill Graham

The life of late rock and roll impresario Bill Graham, known for promoting San Francisco acts including the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, is explored in this thought-provoking exhibit. Although Graham was recognized as an effusive storyteller and champion of human rights, perhaps not as well-known was his personal story of his escape from the Nazis as a child refugee, arriving at New York’s Ellis Island at the age of 11. Artifacts on display include Jimi Hendrix’s guitar and psychedelic ‘60s Fillmore concert posters.

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