Eleven Connections members took a weekend-long field trip to Chicago June 15-17. We traveled to and from Chicago by Amtrak and stayed in Louis Armstrong’s old house in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Over the course of the jam-packed weekend we participated in a variety of cultural and educational experiences.
Here is an outline of the events that we attended:
Saturday June 16th
Race Exhibit – Chicago History Museum
Chicago LGBTQ+ Pride Festival
Puerto Rican People’s Parade
Taste of Randolf Street Festival
Grand Park Gold Coast Art Fair
Classical Music Festival
Sunday June 17th
National Museum of Mexican American Art
Italian Block Party
DuSable Museum of African American History
Photos and Review of Activities:
The “RACE Exhibit: Are We So Different?” was featured at the Chicago History Museum. Members spent most of their time in this exhibit which presented historical and modern perspectives on the construct of race.
Chicago LGBTQ+ Pride Festival
From the Chicago History Museum we took Lyft rides to the LGBTQ+ Pride festival on North Halsted in the Boystown neighborhood. We arrived during the early part of festival activities, and were able to see the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and the Pride Drag Show.
After this we went to the Puerto Rican People’s Parade. It was starting to get hot at this point, and we were all trying to make sure we kept hydrated. We watched the parade proceed down W Division Street to Humboldt Park.
From here we went to the Taste of Randolf Street Festival where there were a variety of food and art stands set up. A number of attendees ate lunch here and rested after walking around all day.
From here we travelled downtown to the Grant and Millennium Parks area. Some members attended the Grand Park Gold Coast Art Fair while others explored the attractions in Millennium Park and reserved seats for the Classical Music Festival at Pritzker Pavilion.
After the show we walked over to Buckingham Fountain and got dinner at Exchequer Restaurant.
We started the next day off at National Museum of Mexican Art. Here we were able to see some beautiful art as well as a number of pieces and exhibits that explored the cultural experiences of Mexican-Americans in the USA, as well as Chicago in particular.
We then went to the Italian Block Party where we ate a lot of Italian cuisine for lunch on Oakley Avenue. National Canoli Day was this weekend, so a number of us ate some delicious canoli for dessert!
Lastly, we visited the DuSable Museum of African American History. The museum’s mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. It is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans.
Questions and Discussions that came up during post-trip reflection:
Student Advisory Committee
WUSM Office of Diversity Programs
DBBS Office of Diversity and Student Affairs
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