The 15 winners of the Institute for Freedom and Community’s Hamilton Essay Contest visited Chicago to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly popular musical on the life of the founding father.
The essay contest was designed to generate insightful student perspectives on important political figures and controversies. In addition to tickets to “Hamilton,” the winners received an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago that included airfare, a tour of the city, and hotel accommodations.
The first-year students visited Chicago in two groups, with the first traveling to the Windy City on December 3 and the second on February 18. They toured Millennium Park, visited the Bean, experienced the Tilt attraction on the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, toured the Art Institute of Chicago, went to Navy Pier, took a carriage ride, and got a taste of Chicago at Portillo’s Hot Dogs and Carmine’s Restaurant. They also took time to distribute hats, blankets, and gift cards to the homeless along Michigan Avenue before attending the sold-out production of Hamilton at Private Bank Theater.
See photos of their experience below.