The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

Chicago: Dinner with Dutch-American Business Leaders

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will have dinner with Dutch-American business leaders co-hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs on June 2.

The dinner is an important part of the first official visit of the King and Queen to the United States, focused on celebrating the strong economic ties between the Netherlands and the United States.

During the dinner, an installation by Dutch artist Simon Heijdens, "Lightweeds," will overgrow the dome-shaped Preston Bradley Hall.

Lightweeds is a living digital organism, through which an indoor space regains the unplanned natural timeline that its walls exclude. 

Plant species that are generated by externally measured conditions; they grow up and live directly depending on actual sunlight and precipitation, and sway along real-time wind gusts, choreographed by the live data stream of sensors placed outside the building. Artificial plants that reveal real nature, as they translate the ever-changing condition of the outdoor to the otherwise static built environment.

When people pass the plants, they tremble, trace the path of passage, and eventually lose their seeds to pollinate to other walls throughout the building, making up a constantly evolving ecosystem that traces and reveals the character of the use of the space.

The Royal Couple's arrival at the Chicago Cultural Center is open to credentialed media, as is a photo spray during remarks at the top of the dinner. All media must be registered and confirmed for this event. 

Media registration is required by 12 p.m. Monday, June 1. Members of the media need to RSVP to Laura Lucas Magnuson or 312-821-7519. Please let Laura know if you're bringing a camera. 

The dinner will be at The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.