November 2 is the official opening of The Festival of Maps Chicago. According to the website overview, “The Festival of Maps Chicago is a citywide celebration that joins over 30 cultural and scientific institutions in a unique collaboration to display humanity’s greatest discoveries and the maps that record our boldest explorations.” The festival features globes, artifacts, artwork, and hundreds of unique maps, including the map Charles Lindbergh carried with him on the first nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927.
The participating institutions include the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Brookfield Zoo, and the Newberry Library. The Festival of Maps Chicago includes amazing exhibits, lectures, seminars, and films.
The Festival of Maps Chicago runs through January 31, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.festivalofmaps.com/