After completing secondary school in her native Germany, Uta Staley matriculated at the College of the Ursulines in the city of Darmstadt. She moved to the United States and became a citizen in 1973. She has lived in the Chicago area for years and enjoys the city’s sports, entertainment, and cultural opportunities. Uta Staley holds membership in many of the city’s cultural institutions, including the Chicago Symphony, the Huntington Botanical Gardens, and the Field Museum of Natural History.
Situated on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive alongside Lake Michigan, the Field Museum of Natural History evolved from the 1893 World’s Fair, officially the World’s Columbian Exposition, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World. The museum’s permanent exhibitions include dioramas of animals in their habitats, the Grainger Hall of Gems, Inside Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Americas, and the Evolving Planet, which includes a dinosaur hall whose star is Sue, the world’s most complete, most well-preserved tyrannosaurus rex.
The Field Museum mounts exhibitions designed to capture interest as well as educate. Recent exhibitions have included Living With Wolves, a photographic documentary of life among the famous Sawtooth wolf pack of Idaho; Extreme Mammals, a display of the world’s largest, smallest, and strangest mammals; Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art, and Invention, a collection of contemporary art that explores the interrelationships among the world’s species; and Malaria: Blood, Sweat, and Tears, which explores the disease’s history, impact on humanity, and science.
Memberships to the Field Museum are available in several different categories. The most valuable benefit of membership is free general admission to the museum whenever it is open for the member and a guest. Some membership categories provide additional benefits, like free tickets to special exhibitions, free coat check, a free subscription to the museum’s magazine, and discounts at the museum store and restaurant. The museum’s website at www.fieldmuseum.org provides a wealth of additional information.
Uta Staley offers over 25 years of expertise in the international travel and tourism industry and is a retired travel-business consultant and investor in Chicago, Illinois. Born, raised, and educated in Germany, Ms. Staley has been a citizen of the United States since 1973, and she is a longstanding member of the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.
The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) is a non-profit organization serving the needs of Ethiopian immigrants in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Established in 1984, today ECAC helps Ethiopian residents in the United States adjust and assimilate socially, culturally, and economically. ECAC staffers provide workshops and counseling on a range of topics specific to health care, housing, education, and employment in America. As well, ECAC member volunteers help with immigration and legal issues, English language training, small business start-up assistance, and resettlement coordination for refugees. A secondary mission of the group is to promote and celebrate Ethiopian culture and community in Chicago, offering classes in Amharic, East African languages, and ethnic dance to children and adults.
Uta Staley, a native of Germany and a long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois, devotes much of her time to supporting the arts in her adopted city.