Lonely Planet Writer

Still can’t score Hamilton tickets? Plan a fall trip to Chicago

Since Lin-Manuel Miranda debuted his runaway hit musical Hamilton in 2015, enthusiasm for the show about one of America’s Founding Fathers has shown no signs of slowing down. So if you’re still having trouble scoring a ticket, you might want to set your sights on Chicago. Plans were just announced for a brand new Hamilton experience that will kick off in the Windy City, narrated by the show’s creator himself.

A rendering of the exhibition tent. Image by David Korins

Hamilton: The Exhibition is a collaboration between an impressive group. David Korins, who was the set designer for the Broadway musical, is the creative director of the project. He’s working with Joanne Freeman, a historian and professor at Yale, the show’s director and producer, Thomas Kail and Jeffrey Seller, respectively, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Harvard history and law professor Annette Gordon-Reed is also weighing in, helping with historical facts.

The exhibition will also explore the life of Alexander Hamilton. Image by David Korins

The exhibition aims to dive a little deeper into the life of Alexander Hamilton, relying on interactive elements, visually stunning sets and lighting, music, and an audio tour narrated by Miranda.

“It’s as much of Alexander Hamilton’s life as we could wrestle into two and a half hours of musical theater, and it’s been incredible and surreal to see the renewed interest this has sparked in Alexander Hamilton’s life and times,” said Miranda, of his broadway hit. “I’m so thrilled with the work David Korins has done alongside eminent historians Joanne Freeman and Annette Gordon-Reed, who are experts in this arena. With this exhibition, they’re creating an immersive companion piece for Hamilton, and a deep dive into the details and experiences of Hamilton’s story.”

The exhibition opens in Chicago in the fall. Image by David Korins

Visitors will explore the Founding Father’s childhood in St. Croix, and walk through a scale model of 1773 New York City and a reconstruction of the dueling ground in Weehawken, New Jersey where he was killed by Aaron Burr. There will also be artifacts like replica documents and letters, and plenty of music from the show — all housed in a vast, 27,000 square-foot space.

Hamilton: The Exhibition will debut in the fall of 2018 on Chicago’s Northerly Island, and is expected to travel to other cities as well. Tickets will most likely be $35 (€29.50) for adults and $25 (€21) for children.