Snarkitecture’s Beach Art Installation Coming to Chicago Navy Pier

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image credit: Noah Kalina, courtesy of Snark Park.

You probably are all tapped out to take a getaway somewhere warm with a beach right now but Navy Pier still wants to give you a beach escape albeit in the form of an art installation. The design collective known as Snarkitecture headed by partners Alex Mustonen, Daniel Arsham, and Ben Porto will bring their highly instagrammable, interactive, cool kids loving experience to Chicago for two weeks, and its all for free thanks in part to The Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, the Navy Pier Associate Board and Hilton Worldwide. Chicago will serve as the third site in the U.S. though this is the installation experience’s first midwest stop after taking place in cities across the world such as: Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; and Bangkok, Thailand.

“The Beach Chicago” will fill Aon Grand Ballroom, a historic landmark designed by architect Charles Sumner Frost and constructed in 1916 as part of Navy Pier’s original structure, with more than a million antimicrobial and recyclable plastic balls, along with deck chairs, lifeguard chairs, umbrellas and signage that mimic the sensation of a day at the beach. Visitors of all ages can escape the bitter cold Chicago weather this winter with a day at The Beach Chicago, on display in Navy Pier’s historic Aon Grand Ballroom from January 19 through February 3, 2019. There’s a waiver and release of liability that visitors need to be aware of. Alex Mustonen and Ben Porto will be in Chicago for a talk ahead of The Beach opening.


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The installation consists of one million antimicrobial and recyclable plastic spheres enclosed in a large, open space. Guests of all ages are welcome to ‘swim’ through the sea of translucent white spheres as part of the artistic experience or simply gaze and revel in the installation from the pier and other viewing areas throughout the installation. The Beach Chicago promotes familiar social cues and visual sensations of a beach within the unique setting of the Earlier iterations of The Beach have taken place in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; and Bangkok, Thailand. Chicago will serve as the third site in the U.S. and first in the Midwest. 


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The Beach Chicago is Presented by Navy Pier and Expo Chicago and free t guests but if looking to plan a private and semi-private event at The Beach Chicago for birthday parties, corporate outings and more you can call Group Sales at 312-595-5300, or inquire online

Saturday, Jan. 19: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 20: 11am – 5pm
Monday, Jan. 21: 11am – 6pm
Wednesday, Jan. 23: 3pm – 8pm
Thursday, Jan. 24: 3pm – 8pm
Friday, Jan. 25: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, Jan. 26: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 27: 11am – 5pm
Wednesday, Jan. 30: 3pm – 8pm
Thursday, Jan. 31: 3pm – 8pm
Friday, Feb. 1: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, Feb. 2: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, Feb. 3: 11am – 5pm

Please note: The Beach Chicago will be closed for private events on Tuesday, Jan. 22; Monday, Jan. 28; and Tuesday, Jan. 29.

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Bolaji Sosan
Bolaji Sosan

pronounced: Boh-la-jee, like the Bellagio but w/o the O. SLC Founder and Editor, loves to write about topics at the intersection of career and lifestyle for today's young professional and future leaders.

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