‘Hamilton’ exhibition well-paved for success

"Hamilton" director Thomas Kail, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and designer David Korins talk with the Chicago Tribune editorial board about plans for "Hamilton: The Exhibition." (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

It's cold out there: Will 'Hamilton: The Exhibition' succeed on Northerly Island?

On April 29, Tribune critic Blair Kamin lamented the sorry state of the pedestrian and bike path in Northerly Island Park. Instead of a bucolic circular bike ride or stroll around the lakeside nature reserve, located on the site of the old Meigs Field airport and renovated at a cost of $9.7 million, visitors are greeted with concrete barriers necessitating a turnaround, not unlike the big “X” once carved in a controversial runway. “The 12-foot-wide walkway looks like it was ruptured by an earthquake,” Kamin wrote, with the apocalyptic tone of one who cares deeply about such things, “its concrete panels cracked, sagging and jutting into the air.”

One week later, the Tribune reported that “Hamilton: The Exhibition,” an interactive experience created by the artists responsible for the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” and dedicated to the life and work of the first secretary of the treasury, would open in Chicago in an indoor, built-to-travel structure in November. The producer, Jeffrey Seller, compared the cost of this latest endeavor to a big Broadway musical, which means more than it cost to renovate Northerly Island. If all goes according to plan, as many as 25,000 people a week, each and every week, might be headed out to see “Hamilton: The Exhibition” on, yes, Northerly Island.

And initially, at least, they’ll be headed out there in the same winter months that have been known to blow apart concrete, never mind human bodies.


To read the entire Chris Jones column in the May 13th Chicago Tribune:



Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Chicago Tribune
May 7, 2018

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