Statue Stories Chicago gives celebrity voices to local works of art (literally).
Visitors taking in some of the installations and sculptures around Chicago are in for a treat. By treat, we mean a minutes-long phone call with Friends star David Schwimmer pretending to be the famous Cloud Gate (more commonly known as the "Chicago Bean"). That's only one example of what you've got to look forward to. Public art project Statue Stories Chicago gave the same prompt to 30 of Chicago's most visited sculptures: "If statues could talk, what stories would they tell?" They enlisted a number of celebrities to give the works of art a voice: Johnny Galecki (Dr. Leonard Hofstadter from "The Big Bang Theory") for the Adler Planetarium's bronze statue of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, comedian Bob Newhart for his own statue on Navy Pier, and actress Deanna Dunagan representing the Daley Plaza Picasso, to name a few. The common thread: They're all from Chicago.
Here's how it works: Visit your monument of choice, scan the QR code on the Statue Stories Chicago label, patiently wait for your phone to ring, and listen to a celebrity share some insight into the corresponding landmark. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better vacation highlight than listening to Jack McBrayer (Kenneth from "30 Rock") joke around as Elizabethan poet/playwright Christopher Marlowe. For more information on the talking statues—you can catch the voice exhibit through Summer 2016—head over to the Statue Stories Chicago website.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.