Museum of Contemporary
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Cost: Suggested admission: $12, $7 students with
ID and seniors, free kids 12 and under, members and military
personnel. Free Tuesday for Illinois residents.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday. Closed Monday and major holidays.
This summer, the Museum of
Contemporary Art celebrates the iconic structure of the skyscraper
in the city that is considered to be its birthplace.
Kids will love a city skyline made out of red pony beads,
felt-tip drawings of Chicago and entire cities made of fabric that
dramatically unfurl from suitcases. While you might want to avoid
certain areas, such as Vito Acconci's, since they explore the
phallic imagery of skyscrapers, there are plenty of playful,
kid-friendly works on display.
Taking advantage of its view
of the city, the museum even set up an area where kids can build
their own Chicago skyline by sticking translucent shapes against
"There is a certain sense of
make-believe to a lot of the art," says Michael Darling, chief
curator of the exhibit. "It's like making some great, sparkling
illusion out of something fairly basic."
And fairly basic it is. From
Erector set pieces to refrigerators and Ikea supplies, this exhibit
has skyscrapers built out of just about anything.
"A large portion of the
exhibit is very colorful, fantastical, and whimsical," says
Darling. "It has a fun spirit that I think kids will love."
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