Design and build a sculpture that moves in the wind, learning
about balance, friction and air to put art in motion.
Vivaldi Strings perform holiday songs and museum staff share
pieces from the museum's collection with a holiday theme.
Join Santa for dinner, entertainment, a craft
project and more.
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.
See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has
his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
The mansion served as the Nickerson's winter residence
during the late 19
th century, and the family spent every holiday season
in Chicago lavishly entertaining acquaintances, friends, and family
from near and far. During this tour, participants are transported
back to the winter months of 1899, where they discover through a
servant's eyes how the Nickersons celebrated the holidays. As
applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn
the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new
electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire,
Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince,
and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most
beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.
Madeline saves Christmas from disaster. Performances are 7:30
p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and
Little Women The Musical follows the story of the beloved March
sisters--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--as they grow up in Civil War
America. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday from Nov.
23-Dec. 15. The last three Saturdays also have a matinee at 2