Meet the Oscars®, Chicago

Oscar statuettes, girl holding an Oscar

For the first time in Chicago... and only in Chicago – your chance to hold and be photographed with an actual Oscar® statuette!

For the first time, Oscar fans in Chicago were able to hold an actual Oscar statuette and have their photo taken at the Academy’s “Meet the Oscars, Chicago.” The one-of-a-kind exhibition opened Friday, February 13, at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue, and ran through Sunday, February 22, the night of the 81st Academy Awards® presentation.

“Meet the Oscars, Chicago” featured a display of Oscars in various stages of completion, as they undergo their intricate, weeks-long manufacturing process. Chicago’s own R.S. Owens & Company has manufactured the statuettes each year since 1982. Six of the Oscars on display will be presented at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Also on display was the historic statuette that actor Clark Gable won for his performance in “It Happened One Night” (1934). In 1996 an anonymous buyer purchased this Oscar at auction for $607,500. Later that year, the Oscar was returned to the Academy, and the buyer was revealed to be Steven Spielberg.

Exhibition Information

February 13–22, 2009
The Shops at North Bridge
Level 1 – Nordstrom Court
520 N. Michigan Avenue
Viewing hours
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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