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Refinery29 29Rooms
Photograph: Emma McIntyre

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Refinery29's popular 29Rooms exhibition returns to Chicago for a 10-day engagement, setting up interactive installations on a former trading floor inside the Chicago Board of Trade Building. The latest edition of the event series is entitled Expand Your Reality, allowing to experience 29 installations over the course of a session, including creations by local artists, rooms that have appeared in previous activations (such as a neon-lit dance party called Inner Beauty Ball) and branded collaborations. If you need to add some pizazz to your Instagram feed this summer, you're sure to capture some surreal scenes within this inventive funhouse.


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This was by far one of the best experiences I have had in Chicago. I was so excited when they announced that 29Rooms was coming to Chicago. I really had no idea what to expect but it was so visually stimulating! I couldn't believe how intricate some of the "rooms" were and loved that you could interact with them. My favorite was the Dream Room, where they had a singer read people's dreams they had wrote down and sing a song about it. 

I had a chance to attend the VIP event, and there was great music, awesome refreshments, and just good vibes all around. I took so many pictures and have loved sharing those with my friends. 


I loved the 29Rooms exhibit by Refinery 29, “Turn It Into Art.” This innovative, interactive, and instagrammable experience features 29 distinct installations in a massive warehouse space that bring art, culture, music, the political climate, and local socioeconomic issues to the forefront. The artistic expressions are collaborations between local artists, celebrities, and other companies, serving as a source of awareness and inspiration with such creative flair and thoughtfulness. It’s like a magical fun house for adults! I especially enjoyed the experiential element within the exhibits, which enabled you to do things like physically paint on the art, write postcards to your senator on pain points, and send thoughts to the families/souls of lost lives in the midst of Chicago violence. The VIP party I attended featured beautifully plated refreshments and a dope female DJ spinning the best in hip hop and top 40. This was such a fun, unique, and empowering experience, and I really hope to see more like this in Chicago!