In Chicago, hidden history is all around. You’ve got a secret symbol embedded into signs throughout the city, a visible shipwreck on Hyde Park’s 49th Street Beach, an international airport named after a person with close ties to Al Capone, the site of The Worlds Fair, and the list goes on.
There’s even hidden history in museums, where so much of our past is already on display. But there’s so much more to the artists than just the pieces they painted or the reputation they left behind—there’s a backstory, a complete life behind the untouchable artifacts hanging on the walls. Enter Museum Hack: They pick up where Historians left off by offering fast-paced tours (some of which require literal running) that scratch beneath the surface story presented in a handful of institutions across the country, one of them being the Art Institute of Chicago.
When I got the invite last month I had no idea it would be so engaging and refreshing. Our tour guide, Mark took the his, out of history as he shined light on Queen Zenobia of the Palmyrene Empire. Then he let us in on all the scandalous details on the artists behind artworks both famous and overlooked. Throughout the tour, we played games, took polaroids, and wrapped up with a wacky contest. So grab the gang for an UNFORGETTABLE museum trip in NYC, DC, San Francisco or Chicago! Tickets are available here.
Have you ever had this much fun at a museum?
Tour courtesy of Museum Hack, but all opinions are my own.