5 festive exhibits to see at Chicago museums

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Chicago’s museums are all decked out for the holidays! Here are a few exhibits and events to check out before they’re gone. wex_kid2

1) Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden is a delightful holiday spectacle, complete with a massive train set among the festive greenhouse plants. Also check out the miniature replicas of 80 Chicago buildings, and enjoy the outdoor lights show! You can visit Wonderland Express now through Jan. 4. Maybe plan your trip for Dec. 27, because from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day you can watch ice sculptors create frozen masterpieces.

2) The Museum of Science and Industry’s 73rd annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is as magical and educational as ever, with more than 50 trees decorated to reflect various cultural holiday traditions. This year’s theme is Disney, and so the 45-foot Grand Tree is adorned with all kinds of Disney-inspired decorations. To complete the holiday atmosphere, ethnic music and dance groups perform on the Holiday Stage. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is open through Jan. 4. The exhibit is included in museum entry.

3) Snow Much Fun at the Chicago Children’s Museum features an “ice” rink, minus the cold! Skaters of all ages can enjoy the rink designed for sock feet. You’ll also find other winter games to play, including fluffy snow for a snowball fight.

4) Celebrate Kwanzaa at the DuSable Museum of African American History with candle-lighting ceremonies and lectures dedicated to the principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa: The Celebration of Family, Community and Culture is happening daily on Dec. 26-31.

5) Visit the Driehaus Museum on weekend afternoons in December for a musical holiday treat. Professional pianist James Cebastien will perform seasonal selections while guests roam the museum. An homage to Chicago’s Gilded Age, the Driehaus Museum is located inside the preserved home of a 19th-century banker.

Follow @UrbanAgendaWGN on Twitter for more fun stuff going on around the city. Send us your ideas and photos – they might be featured in a future post. Now get out and enjoy Chicago!



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