“Hamilton: The Exhibition” Comes to an End in Chicago


“Northerly Island, though, proved farther than the Hamilfans were willing to go.”

I guess the popularity of Alexander Hamilton and the musical named after him only goes so far.

Here is a taste of Chris Vire’s piece at Chicago Magazine:

Jeffrey Seller, the producer behind both the 35,000-square-foot attraction and the massively successful musical from which it spun off, said the exhibition would close August 25, two weeks before the initial end date of September 8. Tickets already sold for the final two weeks are being refunded. And plans to tour the exhibit to other cities have been scrapped, Seller told the Chicago Tribune.

In announcing the early close, producers cited traffic-snarling events that would “complicate access” to the exhibition, which is housed in a giant shed plopped in the middle of Northerly Island. Among those events: the North Coast Music Festival at Huntington Bank Pavilion on August 30 and 31 and a Bears preseason game at Soldier Field on August 29.

Neither of those events is exactly a surprise. North Coast’s move to Northerly Island from Union Park was announced in April, weeks before the Hamilton exhibition opened. And the Bears’ Thursday night matchup with the Titans isn’t even their first home game of the season; that would be next week, when they host the Panthers on August 8.

Read the entire piece here.

One thought on ““Hamilton: The Exhibition” Comes to an End in Chicago

  1. I went to the exhibition and it was fabulous. It had all the bells and whistles of a new, interactive museum that you’d expect from creators with a Broadway background, but it was also historically grounded. There was more than one time, while reading display text, when I thought, “there’s Joanne Freeman’s touch” or “Annette Gordon-Reed was definitely involved in writing or reviewing this.” While the location was not ideal, I think the exhibit’s failure had less to do with that (Chicagoans have no problem getting to the Museum Campus or Soldier Field, which are essentially the same spot as Northerly Island) and more to do with timing. “Hamilton” the musical fever peaked a while ago, as is evidenced by the show’s need to advertise, the relative ease of getting tickets now, and the fact that the Chicago run is closing at the end of the year. Had the exhibition opened at the same time (or shortly before/after) “Hamilton” opened in the Windy City, I am sure ticket sales would have been higher and the exhibit open longer. So it goes . . .


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