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A New Immersive Art Experience Opens In Pilsen • Nevermore Park

By Charli Renken

A New Immersive Art Experience Opens In Pilsen • Nevermore Park

Flyboy has landed!

Chicago-born artist Hebru Brantley opens a new immersive art experience in Pilsen, Oct 24. Visitors of Nevermore Park can explore 6,000 square feet of sparkling lights, murals, and interactive elements that highlight marginalized heroes. [Feature photo: @whatitdodk]

Visitors enter through a newspaper-laden hole in the wall that Flyboy has crashed through. Inside is an alternate reality with interactive story elements and incredible sights and sounds. You can explore Clarence’s tinker shop (the O.G. Tuskegee Airman Flyboy), read magazines at the newspaper stand, and take photos backdropped by spectacular Brantley originals. 

Lil Mama. Photo by @mario.was.here

Similar in medium to Santa Fe NM’s Meow Wolf and the Wndr Museum in Chicago, Nevermore Park has an Afrofuturism vibe that sets it apart from other popular immersive experiences. Brantley’s iconic characters, Flyboy and Lil Mama, pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airman, the black military fighter pilots from World War II. Much of Brantley’s work is also inspired by AfriCOBRA, the south side Chicago black arts movement started in 1968.  

Flyboy and Lil Mama have appeared in murals all over Chicago as well as in exhibitions in London, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. Now Chicago has the opportunity to spend a day in Brantley’s characters’ shoes. Tickets are available now. Act fast as many spots have already sold out. 

Photo: @sabrinachan13

Address: 949 W. 16th Street Chicago, IL

Hours: Thurs: 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fri: 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sat: 10:30am to 9:30 p.m., Sun: 10:30am to 8:30 p.m.

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Tickets can be purchased for entry every 15 minutes. Nevermore Park closes one hour after the final entry time.

Cost: $28/person

Nevermore Park is ADA compliant and accessible to all ages.

More information.