Uta Staley, a former travel industry professional, is retired after a successful career that lasted more than 25 years in the industry. She now spends much of her time supporting a variety of organizations and museums, including the Chicago Art Institute, the Newberry Library, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Uta Staley is also a member of Chicago’s famous Museum of Science and Industry.
Maintaining close to 14 acres of exhibits and more than 35,000 artifacts, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago is one of the world’s largest science museums. First opened in 1933, MSI’s renowned exhibits inspire children to succeed within the fields of medicine, technology, science, and engineering.
MSI currently has more than 20 exhibits, including Yesterday’s Main Street, the Whispering Gallery, and the Transportation Gallery. One of its most recognized permanent exhibits, YOU! The Experience, offers an interactive environment that celebrates what living a healthy life means. Bringing together a variety of elements, the exhibit is one of the largest of its kind, including information on everything from the mind to the body’s movement.
Another popular exhibit for individuals from grade four to adulthood is Earth Revealed. Offering a real-time, up-close view of the Earth, the exhibit holds a solid globe suspended among video projectors and computers that hold data sets from both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data is projected onto the globe, showing the living system that is Earth.
MSI is also presenting the Art of the Bicycle, showcasing the evolution of bicycles throughout their 200-year existence. Featuring newly restored artifacts, 10 contemporary bicycles, and five contemporary racing bikes, the Art of the Bicycle illustrates how riders and inventors have been pushing the bicycle beyond its limits since it was first invented.
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.