The Cultural Mile Goes Digital

26 March 2020

El Greco's "The Assumption of the Virgin," courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago Instagram
El Greco’s “The Assumption of the Virgin,” courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago Instagram


With many of Chicago’s iconic cultural institutions temporarily closing their doors during the pandemic, the need to engage with the arts, particularly while at home, is paramount. Cultural institutions have responded wonderfully, opening their doors online through digital tours, livestreams and more — allowing us to seek beauty right from the sofa. Our own local staples along the Cultural Mile have joined in, taking the iconic cultural mile digital. Here are our favorite ways to get connected with the cultural mile online:


The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has always held a lively online presence, sharing their artwork with deep knowledge and background insights that bring new energy to the art-viewing experience. In a new play on detailing their artworks, they’ve created an Interactive Features page on their website. Through Interactive Features, you can learn more about the craft, process and thought behind individual works in a dynamic, scrolling screen. 


Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP)

Always free and open to the public, The Museum of Contemporary Photography was the proud host of Photos at Noon, an engaging event where MoCP Executive Director Natasha Egan leads a course on themes and works from the museum’s archive. Now, in place of Photos at Noon, MoCP is hosting Photos at Zoom, an online replacement for the beloved event.


The Joffrey Ballet

Our friends over at The Joffrey Ballet are getting creative, continuing their philosophy that dance is for everyone, even during a pandemic. On their Instagram, they’re sharing videos of company artists performing or practicing dances at home. They’ve also started an online dance video film festival, inviting all to submit videos of themselves dancing under the hashtag #ArtWillPrevail. More details on their Instagram post here.


Stay tuned for more ways to stay connected, engaged and enriched during the pandemic, as we continue to seek beauty even in challenging times.