Visitors to The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism at Chicago's Navy Pier can extend their opportunity to learn more about the iconic band and its connection to Chicago.
A special digital/mobile storytelling platform or app, made possible by Vamonde, allows fans to explore places around Chicago that The Rolling Stones frequented as well as other historical locations that connect the band to the Windy City.
"We are a platform enabling storytellers," said Anijo Mathew, founder of Vamonde. Mathew, who is a professor at the Institute of Design at Illinois Tech, said he long has been interested in "places, people and technology."
"I'm interested in looking at how people use technology in urban spaces," Mathew said. He added it was an honor to offer "urban explorers" another look at The Rolling Stones via this format.
The app features interactive opportunities and stories surrounding various places such as The Arie Crown Theater. Curtom Studios, The United Center, Regal Theater, Sylvio's, which is a club often played by Jimmy Reed, The Aragon Ballroom and more.
Mathew said all of the locales highlighted on the app talk about the history of the Stones in Chicago and places and musicians that were an "influence" on them. Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Chess Records and more are talked about on the digital platform.
"We give them the ability to connect stories to physical places," Mathew said.
In addition to The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism, Vamonde has also created adventures for various other businesses and tourism-related organizations. Projects have included iconic Chicago buildings, food and restaurant-related information, State Street, and more.
The Vamonde app and its Exhibitionism adventure are downloadable for free on Android and iOS. Visit Vamonde.app.link/ez2Ae44VDC.
FYI: Exhibitionism runs through July 30 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. For ticket information and to purchase tickets, visit StonesExhibitionism.com.
Tickets range from $32- $35 for adults, $25-$27 for Students/Senior (65+)/Military and $20-$22 for juniors (ages 6-16). VIP tickets are available for $80, which includes entry to the Exhibition on two separate days (2 visits); VIP souvenir ticket and lanyard; the ability to arrive on any day for any session with no advance booking; and the VIP Fast track entry lane into the exhibit.