On the weekend October 10 - 12, 2014, Harlan J. Berk, Ltd will play host to the 2nd annual Chicago International Map Fair at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA).
The fair will begin with a Friday evening cocktail party & Preview Night featuring a premium open bar and buffet. Enjoy the elegance and views of the Magnificent Mile of Chicago from the Bean Ballroom on the 13th floor of in Lewis Towers, a historic 1926 Gothic Revival building. After a few cocktails and fine food, guests will be allowed early access into the fair. This is a great opportunity to meet all of the dealers, view, and purchase some quality antique maps, atlases, prints, and globes before the weekend crowds arrive the next day.
The fair will be held on the 16th & 17th floors of Regents Hall in Lewis Towers. The fair will consist of over 20 antique map, globe, and book dealers from across the U.S. and Europe. Spend the day or weekend browsing and/or purchasing antique maps, globes, atlases, books and prints. Aside from browsing the antique maps, the fair will also feature a six part educational series with lectures by some of the antiquarian scholars of the Chicago Map Society and Loyola University. On Saturday, the Newberry Library will offer two tours of their historic building and world renown antique map collection. Space is limited as each tour will consist of no more than 20 people, so get your tickets while their still available.
Be sure to make it down to the first and second floor of LUMA to see their featured exhibition "Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, and the American Experience, 1814–2014." Using historical maps, books, documents, objects and textiles,Crossing and Dwellings tells the story of nineteenth-century European Jesuits and women religious who arrived on the country’s expanding western frontier to serve both Native American and urban immigrant populations. The exhibition will include liturgical and educational treasures, including a pair of celestial and terrestrial globes by Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571–1638), approximately one hundred pencil drawings made by Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799–1868), maps drawn by Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. (1801-1873), and vestments and clothing gifted to De Smet by Native Americans.
The fair is located across the street from the iconic Water Tower of Chicago, just steps away from the Magnificent Mile of Chicago, so once you've enjoyed the fair to its fullest, you can take full advantage of the various shopping, restaurants, museums, architecture / history tours, and nightlife this world class city has to offer. So come on by and bring the family, friends, or loved ones for a fun filled and educational weekend at the 2nd annual Chicago International Map Fair.