Evening Events

Neighborhood Excursion: West Side Chicago

Hosted by Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art

Sponsored by U.S. Art Company

Wednesday, Jul 18th, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Buses depart 5:00 p.m. and return 9:30 p.m.)

Ticket Price: $40

On opening night of the AMM-IAM 2018 Conference, we welcome you to the west side of Chicago, made up of 17 of the over 200 distinct neighborhoods found throughout the city, each with its own culture, character and vibe. During this multi-stop neighborhood excursion, attendees will visit the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, followed by the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Tour the Jane Addams Hull House Museum’s historic buildings and courtyard, and learn more about the organization’s deeply rooted history as a change agent in the city. At the National Museum of Mexican Art, mingle with friends and colleagues while you immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture. Enjoy music, food, and drinks while visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art’s exhibitions Arte Diseño Xicágo Peeling off the Grey, and the museum’s unique permanent collection in Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection.
This event has multiple stops and follows a set tour schedule. Transportation is provided. Attendees may also choose to explore on foot the nearby Pilsen neighborhood following the event, taking advantage of public transportation to return to the hotel.

Neighborhood Excursion: South Side Chicago

Hosted by DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, and Smart Museum of Art

Thursday, July 19th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

(Buses depart 5:15 p.m. and return 10:30 p.m.)

Ticket Price: $40

Continuing our exploration of Chicago’s many distinct neighborhoods, we welcome you to join us on the south side where residents are seeing a rebirth of arts and culture and will soon welcome the new Obama Presidential Library and Museum. During this multi-stop neighborhood excursion, attendees will visit three of the many institutions making a difference in the area – Smart Museum of Art, DuSable Museum of African American History, and Hyde Park Art Center.

Start off the evening with Chicago-style hot dogs fresh off the grill in the Vera and A.D. Elden Sculpture Garden at Smart Museum of Art, followed by time to explore the exhibitions Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground, Theme and Variations – The Multiple Sorceries of Félix Buhot, Tang Chang: The Painting that is Painted with Poetry is Profoundly Beautiful as well as Emmanuel Pratt’s Radical [Re]Constructions installation, custom built for the Smart Museum lobby, addressing regenerative placemaking on the South Side.

The second stop will be DuSable Museum of African American History, where attendees will enjoy lighter fare while viewing displays of works by female artists, including photography by museum co-founder Dr. Margaret Taylor Burroughs, and an exhibit on the WWI all-black 370th Infantry. During the final stop at Hyde Park Art Center, tour exhibitions featuring works by Chicago-based artists such as Fugitive Narrative, while indulging in sweets and coffee.

This event has multiple stops and follows a set tour schedule. Transportation is provided.

Museum Campus Celebration (Closing Night Event)

AMM and VSA Joint Event

Hosted by The Field Museum of Natural History

Friday, July 20th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Buses depart Hilton every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 pm. Return trips approximately every 30 minutes from Field Museum until 9:00 pm.)

Ticket Price: $50

Attendees of both the AMM-IAM and VSA conferences are invited to join us at The Field Museum for a closing celebration. In 2018, the Field Museum is celebrating its 125th Anniversary and has announced many exciting changes coming to the museum. Attendees of the Museum Campus Celebration will have an opportunity to explore the newly transformed Stanley Field Hall, featuring floating “plant clouds,” flying pterosaurs and a cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered – titanosaur! Mingle with colleagues and discuss the week’s activities while you enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a range of non-alcoholic beverages.

The Griffin Dinosaur Experience is made possible by generous support from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.

All activities during the Museum Campus Celebration take place at The Field Museum. Transportation is provided.