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.
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.
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.
personal history and
his role as
the sole inspiration and
artistic talent behind
Peanuts and its
unique cast of
characters. Through original
Peanuts ephemera, guests see
and evolved. Schulz's
Santa Rosa, Calif. studio,
the first time,
allows for a
deeper look into
his work and life.
families have a
own Schultz-like creativity
with activities like making
Exhibit challenges guests to communicate, move and live
like bugs at interactive stations. Live insects are featured
throughout the exhibition, plus larger-than-life robotic creatures
allow visitors to observe the often overlooked beauty and
complexity of the insect world.
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.
Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other
documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy
makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers
and Cracker Jack.
Ride Santa's Candy Cane Express in enclosed or open
railroad coaches on a two-and-half mile railway line through the
woods and past lakes and farm fields and visit
with Santa in the vintage-1900s caboose.
Includes Gingerbread Story-time, Tree Lighting Ceremony,
Gingerbread Man Hunt, Gingerbread House Contest, visits with Santa
in his Gingerbread House, Small Business Saturday, Gingerbread Boy
and Girl perusing town, and Complimentary Carriage Rides. For more
information, visit www.downtowndg.org or call (630) 725-0991.
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,