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Artist begins monthlong stay in museum

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  • Kate McGroarty stands in the enclosure that will serve as her office and public living quarters as she lives 24 hours a day for a month inside Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

      Kate McGroarty stands in the enclosure that will serve as her office and public living quarters as she lives 24 hours a day for a month inside Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

A Chicago theater artist is set to begin her monthlong stay at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Kate McGroarty is scheduled to move into the South Side museum Wednesday morning.

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She beat out 1,500 other applicants to win the Month at the Museum competition.

McGroarty is a Minnesota native who lives on Chicago's North Side. Museum officials say she wowed the judges with her curiosity, creative spirit and wit.

She'll live at the museum 24 hours a day until Nov. 18. She'll have access to museum exhibits and sleeping quarters.

She'll also receive $10,000 for interacting with visitors, and blogging, tweeting and posting videos about the experience.

The four other finalists received consolation packages and a $100 retailer gift card.

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