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.
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.
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.
Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to
discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion
light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into
a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million
galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real
telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.
Multimedia displays and digital interactives show audiences how
galaxies, stars, planets were created as the Universe grew. A
projection showcases the enormity of regions farther than our Solar
System, taking spectators billions of light-years from Earth to the
edge of the cosmos, while touch screen technology allows them to
investigate the diverse and beautiful objects of deep space.
Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous
species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and
displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and
horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens,
an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater,
a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever
lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found,
and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an
island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.
Learn and connect to the history of the
Marathon race, inspired by the Battle of
Marathon (490 BC),
from the first Marathon race in the
1896 Athens Olympics to today. Includes section
on The Chicago Marathon. Children are invited to participate in a
Race for Pheidippides scavenger hunt to redeem a prize. Exhibit
coloring pages also available.
Create your own creepy costume, decorate a mini-pumpkin and
explore our Spooky Backyard. Includes special crafts and Monster
Mash Dance Party (Friday-Sunday) and face painting daily.
Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.