NAVY PIER — You can't always get what you want ... unless you want four months of Rolling Stones memorabilia on display at Navy Pier.
An exhibition celebrating the Rolling Stones, "the most influential rock 'n' roll band in the world," will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier on April 15, the pier announced Thursday morning.
The first major showcase featuring more than 500 rare items from the band's 55-year history will come to Chicago after a four-month run in New York and its London debut. "Exhibitionism" opens April 15 in Chicago and runs through July 30.
The Rolling Stones derived their name from a famous song by legendary Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters.
"It's only fitting with the greatest city with the greatest music, that this exhibit is coming to the city of Chicago," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday at a press conference at Navy Pier announcing the exhibition.
Marilynn Gardner, president and CEO of Navy Pier, said the entire pier will feature Stones-related programming through the show's four-month run. The exhibit will span 18,000 square feet and feature rare Stones items including instruments, outfits and handwritten lyric books and diaries.
The exhibit will also feature a movie theater, "interactive recording studio," and a "backstage-to-onstage 3-D concert experience," according to a news release.
Last fall, the Stones released an album, their first in more than 10 years, covering classic Chicago blues songs.
Tickets will go on sale in Chicago Feb. 24. Navy Pier hasn't revealed whether the exhibition will include appearances from any members of the band.