“A Slice” of Chicago Museums May and June Edition

“A Slice” is bi-monthly article featuring what’s hot and what’s new in the Chicago museum industry. Events to attend, openings to see, and possible sneak peeks in museum news.

 Top 10 Must Attend Events!

 1. Chicago History Museum


May 8th and 9th

Times vary.

Cost: $20 to $50 per tour

For a full list of times, prices, and tours click here.

This year the Chicago History Museum will pull out all the stops from neighborhood dog walking tours to architecture bus tours featuring Chicago’s Theater District. It’s 24 tours in 24 hours jump on board!

2. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Nature on Tap

May 26th 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Cost $10

To purchase tickets click here.

A bar with drinks and snacks including local craft beers. Make teams, do trivia with nature, sports, movie, and science themed questions, say hello to the butterflies in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, and create your own take home art project!

Attend an Urban Agriculture Seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 free for Nature on Tap attendees. Discuss urban chicken roosting and bee keeping.

Nature on Tap occurs the last Tuesday of every month.

3. Adler Planetarium

Adler After Dark – Planetary Prom

May 21st 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Cost: $20 on-line  or $25 at door

Tickets go on-sale May 1st at 9:00 am event likely to sell out.

Get your groove on like when Stella got her groove back! It will be a night full of puffy hair, satin shoes, and of course stars! The exhibit will be open while you take your inhibitions to the next level. Shows are included and excellent educational programs are provided!

4. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Wright Plus Housewalk

May 16th 9 am to 5 pm

Cost: $110-$125 some options include boxed lunch from Whole Foods

This does not include the Fastpass that pass allows you to jump in line for $500.

To purchase tickets click here.

Once a year are many of Oak Park and Chicago’s Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style gems open to the public. See privately owned such as the Avery Conley House and Oscar B. Balch House. Make sure to peruse the privately owned homes before the public buildings!

Insider tip: You may see the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Frederic C. Robie House on a different day through December 31, 2015. Unity Temple is open for public tours through May 30th with your ticket purchase. It will close for renovation May 30 2015 through 2016.

5. Museum of Science and Industry

Robot Revolution

Opening May 21st – museum hours

Cost: $27 – $36

Perhaps robots are more like humans than we realize. Find out in these five areas of study: Cooperation, Smarts, Skills, Locomotion, and Build-a-bot all with hands-on activities for both children and adults.  Meet Baxter, a robot to work along side us humans, PARO, a furry seal pup robot to help the elderly and autistic children.

6. Chicago Botanic Garden 

Carillon Concerts – Begins June 8th 7:00 pm weekly through September 7th

Cost: Free with admission. Parking is $25 weekdays and $30 weekends

It’s the carol of the bells at the Botanic Garden with guest artists each week. Bring a blanket and relax while watching the clouds roll by and the sun set. To see the full list of artists click here.

Hot Summer Nights – Begins June 11th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm weekly through September 3rd

Cost: Free with admission. Parking is $25 weekdays and $30 weekends

It’s begin with “Aloha Lives!” This special series features many Chicago artists! To see the full list click here.

7. Smart Museum of Art

Curator Tour: Objects and Voices

June 6th 1:00 pm

Cost: Free. Registration Required. Click here to register.

Anne Leonard, the Smart Museum’s resident curator will show you the ins and outs of the exhibition: Objects and Voices A Collection of Voices. The new exhibition is a celebration dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the museum’s opening.

Do you appreciate a personal touch with your art exhibitions?

The museum’s new exhibition features mini curated galleries by some of the university’s former fellows, professors, students, and artists. The collaborations with the collections of thematic mini exhibitions will enlighten not only your eyesight, but leave you with an emotional brain surge of left over questions that may never be answered.

8. Mexican Museum of Art

Art Friday: Papel Picado

June 5th 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Cost: $40 Call for reservations  312.433.3908.

Create your own cut-out flags like those that adorn the Mexican Festivals with guest artists Eric Garcia.

9. Illinois Holocaust Museum

In Conversation With……Matus Stolov

May 31st 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Cost: $12 per person.

Ms. Stolov hid with family members in the Misk Ghetto and through false papers escaped to the non-occupied Soviet Union. This presentation is in conjunction with the exhibit, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust.

10. Maifest with the Dank Haus

May 29th through May 31st

Cost: Free

Rock out to the polka band from the Dank Haus. The Dank Hause is the German Heritage Cultural Center of Chicago and it’s always free!


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