In our opinion, you shouldn’t need an excuse to visit the Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world that just happens to be located right here in Chicago. But if things are starting to feel a little been-there-done-that when it comes to this South Side gem, here are three ideas to make your November visit one to remember.
If your kid’s the type who can spot every airplane departing from O’Hare, Above and Beyond is the exhibit to try. This new interactive experience explores advancements in flight and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Boeing. Visitors can step into a simulated space elevator, design and test a supersonic fighter jet and experience what it’s like to fly like a bird. Be sure to check out the mosaic mural, created by Chicago teens, that celebrates the past, present and future of Boeing. Through Jan. 8.
Let the wild rumpus start! Kids of all ages can quote Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book, and MSI’s temporary exhibit Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak lets them learn more about the man behind Max, the king of all wild things. Explore original artworks by Sendak, including sketches and illustrations, and learn how presidents, illustrators and celebrities were inspired and touched by his treasured work. Opens Nov. 10.
Get a jump on the holiday season with Christmas Around the World, MSI’s yuletide tradition since 1942. More than 50 trees decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities represent global holiday traditions, while the 45-foot Grand Tree pays homage to Lego, the much-loved toy at the center of the temporary “Brick by Brick” exhibit. On Nov. 19-20 and 25-27, cultural groups will dance, sing and share holiday traditions in the Main Auditorium. And on select weekends, guests can make their own brick-inspired ornaments to take home. Opens Nov. 17.