By: Caitlin Brown
In the bustling epicenter of neon-lit digs that is Logan Square, nightcrawlers come to drink, to dance, and…to learn? As unlikely as Field Museum exhibits may initially seem in the heart of Chicago’s bar scene, that’s exactly what frequenters of the area’s chic venue and bar, the Whistler, have partaken in over the course of September.
Celebrating the Whistler’s tenth anniversary and the Field Museum’s 125th, the two Chicago landmarks have united to bring seminars and exhibits to the city’s night scene. Throughout the month of September, visitors have had the opportunity to learn about the long history of alcohol consumption and production.
As part of the birthday festivities, the Field Museum has added a diorama to the Whistler’s ever-changing windowfront exhibit, celebrating the museum’s origins by featuring artifacts from the 1893 World’s Fair. Passerby can catch a glimpse of the specimens, which include a stuffed red panda, a wolverine skeleton, and a cast of a dinosaur bone, according to the museum’s press release.
In addition to adding some scientific flair to the Whistler’s windowfront, the Field Museum has also held seminars in the bar on a variety of topics ranging from ancient brewing techniques, the biology of Earth’s oldest ales, and, for their final talk on September 30th, the preservation of animals in alcohol. To mark the end of the month’s festivities this Sunday at 6 p.m., the Field will be bringing Collection’s Assistant Kayleigh Kueffner and Staff Scientist Holly Lutz to discuss the preservative purposes of alcohol in an aptly-named talk, “Pickled.”
The Field Museum’s birthday events at the Whistler are part of a grander branching out into Chicago culture—particularly through alcohol. In a March press release, the Field Museum vowed their renewed efforts to pursue scientific research and to cultivate a stronger presence in Chicago’s community, toting a fresh new logo to symbolize the revamp. In addition to the Whistler events, the Field Museum has also been hosting monthly seminars at The Hideout as part of a series called “A Scientist Walks into a Bar.” The talks, which cover a myriad of scientific topics and are held the second Tuesday of each month, give Chicagoans an opportunity to learn and connect with one of the city’s most important research outlets.
If you have the opportunity this Sunday, go raise a glass to the anniversaries of two of Chicago’s most notable sites and check out Kueffner and Lutz’s talk, “Pickled.” You might even learn something.
The Whistler is located at 2421 N. Milwaukee. The event is free and for ages 21 plus.