Refugee Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang
Monastery create the mandala, a sacred sand painting,
by meticulously arranging dyed sand in intricate patterns to
represent the Buddhist principal of compassion.
Special chanting ceremonies to spread their message of
peace and compassion take place at noon and 5 p.m. On
Aug. 15, the monks perform a closing ceremony in which the
completed sand painting will be dismantled and the sands will be
poured into water to represent the transitory nature of material
Weaving together dream-like narratives of the
assassinations and attempted assassinations of the U.S. presidents,
this musical comedy brings to light the pain of
alienation, regret, and isolation that underlies each character's
failure to achieve the American Dream.
Previews Oct. 10; the show runs through Nov. 10.
Performances are Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 6 only),
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 10 only); Thursday, Friday and
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 7 p.m. For tickets or
more information visit assassins-chicago.com.
The new Railway Garden, a G-gauge model railway running through
a 2.5 acre site, opens April 30. Visitors enter through a 1920s-era
railway depot to see trains running through a garden of miniature
plants, water features and a variety of landscapes. May 1 through
Visitors can walk inside the two-story silo and turn the crank
of a silage machine, watching "corn plants" delivered to the top of
the silo. Plus, learn about the history of silos and silage, build
miniature silos with building blocks simulating wood, brick and
metal and much more.
See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to
transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where
imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Kids enter artist Gino Severini's interpretation of trains by
role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train
and look for objects in an eight-foot wide "hidden pictures" mural
of artist Don Stewart's "Steam Train." Plus, enjoy specially
designed wooden train tables and a huge new interactive crane.
The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a
Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the
design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The
bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning
opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional
representation of Denslow's distinctive illustrations.
Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of magic and
its historic roots in Chicago. Features a multimedia object theater
experience, artifact display and live performances. Discover the
tricks of the trade and witness Chicago's magical past reappear
before your very eyes.
A special exhibit on the history of Girl Scouting, with
special focus on Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. Celebrate
the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl
Scouts of the USA.
Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private
collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of
his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and
his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and
multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a
chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens.
View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early
century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories
and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles
and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.