Chicago’s Festival of Maps

The Field Museum exhibit I mentioned yesterday is part of a larger cartographic celebration that kicked off in Chicago earlier this month. The Festival of Maps is a citywide event that celebrates exploration, discovery and mapping. It began on November 2, and will continue into 2008, as over 30 scientific and cultural institutions participate with activities and exhibits highlighting these themes.

The exhibit at the Field Museum is the cornerstone event, featuring over 100 maps created by ancient navigators and modern Internet pioneers. Other organizations with exhibits beginning this month or in the weeks to come include Encyclopedia Britannica, The Polish Museum of America, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

There are plenty more galleries, museums and libraries around Chicago with map-themed exhibits on the horizon. Keep up to date with announcements about exhibits and events at the Festival’s blog, which most recently posted news about 16th century maps of Rome currently on view at the University of Chicago’s Regenstein Library.