Look Inside Hebru Brantley’s ‘Nevermore Park’ in Pilsen

It’s hard not to miss artist Hebru Brantley‘s iconic Flyboy when exploring outdoor murals in the city. Now you can skip the Chicago cold and enjoy a new art experience for all ages.

Opened since the fall, Nevermore Park is an indoor art pop-up in Pilsen where you can interact with Brantley’s work. The 6,000-square-foot space introduces the artist’s work in a traditional gallery setting before you step into a world transformed to the daily life of Flyboy and Lil Mama.

The art installation is covered in details of Chicago and black culture. Our favorite part? You’re encouraged to touch everything, which makes it perfect for kids as well. You can pick up an old issue of Ebony or draw away on a huge chalkboard. Just take a look for yourself to see how detailed this pop-up is.

If you want to support a local artist and enjoy immersing your kids to different forms of art, then Nevermore Park is the worth the price. The space might be small and the walkthrough will take about an hour, but there are nearly 20 different experiences that can jump start anyone’s imagination. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Enter the crashed rocket where take off/landing sounds make you think you’re flying as John F. Kennedy’s moon speech plays.
  • Play with toys or draw in Kirby’s Clubhouse. Parents: Get ready for a blast from the past because there are so many retro toys you can introduce to your kids.
  • Dance around in a cloud room filled with fog and music to make you feel like you’re walking on air.

We suggest families to take their time to explore every nook and cranny, and we guarantee you’ll have a great time. It’s a great destination for Black History Month and beyond. Nevermore Park hopes to stay open as long as they can and host more special events. The park’s first-ever Family Day on Feb. 17 (tickets are sold out) — we hope to see more family days in the future!

Portions of the experience include strobe lights and haze. Ear plugs are also available.


Nevermore Park

Now running

  • Address: 949 W. 16th St., Chicago
  • Cost: $28, kids 2 and under are free

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Katina Beniaris
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