“Upcoming Events at M.S.I., Lincoln Park Zoo” by S.M. O’Connor

The adults-only night event “MSI After Hours: Naughty or Nice” at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) will be from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017.  The #GivingTuesday Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo will be on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

csm_AH-Naughty-or-Nice-Event-Brite-Header-image_7fc322d0d6Figure 1 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The adults-only night event “MSI After Hours: Naughty or Nice” will be from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017.

“MSI After Hours: Naughty or Nice” is for adults twenty-one-years-old or older.  [The M.S.I.’s 75th annual Christmas festival, Christmas Around the World, and its 23rd annual companion festival,  Holidays of Light, opened today, Thursday, November 16, 2017 and will run through Sunday, January 7, 2018.]   Cocktails, seasonal beer, mulled wine, and snacks will be served.  Admission tickets will be $30 per person and covers parking in the subterranean garage, one complimentary drink, and snacks.  There will also be a cash bar.  Chicago D.J. Jesse De La Peña will provide music.  Visitors can take selfies with Santa Claus and Krampus.

Coal Mine admission tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis at check-in.  Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze tickets may be obtained at the exhibit entrance, subject to availability.  In addition to Christmas Around the World, Coal Mine, and Numbers in Nature, the exhibits Science Storms, the Transportation Gallery, The Great Train Story, Yesterday’s Main Street, Fast Forward… Inventing the Future, Genetics, Earth Revealed, You! The Experience, Extreme Ice, and the Henry Crown Space Center, as well as the temporary exhibit Turn Back the Clock will also be open.  Clips from Christmas movies will be screened in the Giant Dome Theater (formerly the Omnimax® Theater) in the Henry Crown Space Center.

Visitors to this MSI After Hours event can save 25% (up to $5) on a Lyft ride to the M.S.I. or back.  Click on the link at the bottom of the “MSI After Hours: Naughty or Nice” event Webpage or the “MSI After Hours: Naughty or Nice” Evenetbrite ticket-purchasing Webpage to get the Lyft promo code.

CATW-2016-Trees-KC-4Figure 2 Credit: Kasumi Chow, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The forty-five-foot-tall Grand Tree is the focal point of Christmas Around the World.  This is the Grand Tree as seen on November 18, 2016.

 

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Figure 3 Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The Grand Tree, seen here in 2016, is surrounded by over fifty Christmas trees decorated by volunteers representing ethnic groups in Chicago.

Decorating trees for the Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights exhibit @ the Museum of Science and IndustryFigure 4 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: This volunteer is decorating one of the dozens of Christmas trees at Christmas Around the World in November of 2015.

Decorating trees for the Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights exhibit @ the Museum of Science and IndustryFigure 5 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: These volunteers are decorating a Christmas tree at Christmas Around the World in November of 2015.

Christmas Around the World, and Holidays of Light 2016 Opening DayFigure 6 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: This woman was photographed as she photographed a Christmas tree at the opening of Christmas Around the World in 2016.

CATW2012_preformers_0096 (4)Figure 7 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: These teenagers are dancing on the Holiday Stage in 2012.

The Holiday Shop sells gifts and decorations including Christmas tree ornaments that represent cultures from all over the world and snow globes that are sold exclusively at the Museum of Science and Industry.  Cultural organizations in the Chicago area that represent ethnic groups who settled in this region will perform dances from their homelands in the Main Auditorium in the M.S.I.’s West Pavilion.  Performances will take place this weekend (Saturday, November 18, 2017 and Sunday, November 19, 2017); next weekend (Friday, November 24, 2017, Saturday, November 25, 2017, and Sunday, November 26, 2017); the first weekend of December (Saturday, December 2, 2017 and Sunday, December 3, 2017); the second weekend of December (Saturday, December 9, 2017 and Sunday, December 10, 2017); and the third week of December (Saturday, December 16, 2017 and Sunday, December 17, 2017).  Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light are included in Museum Entry (general admission tickets), as are all cultural performances.

“Stop by Yesterday’s Main Street where Santa will be making special visits during Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light,” stated the Museum of Science and Industry in a press release.  “Children can meet Santa before his epic Christmas journey on November 18-19, 24-26. 30; December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, and 21-23.  Guests are also welcome to take photos with our 45-foot-tall Grand Tree.”  Photos with Santa require the purchase of a timed-entry ticket.

The 23rd annual Holidays of Light festival is a multicultural display of holidays that celebrate light or enlightenment. Each year, the display highlights the traditions of the Chinese New Year; Diwali, a Hindu and Sikh festival; Kwanzaa, celebrated by some Black African-American families; Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims; Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday; Visakha Puja Day, a Buddhist holiday; and St. Lucia Day, the Swedish version of the saint’s feast day (December 13th) in Advent.  Holidays of Light displays are interspersed amongst the Christmas trees throughout the Main Floor.

The Museum of Science and Industry increasingly stylizes its name the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” or “msi: museum of science + industry chicago.”  It is located at the northeastern corner of Jackson Park in the neighborhood of Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.

The Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo will feature an “amazing collection of local artisans, shops, and boutiques,” according to Lincoln Park Zoo.  Proceeds help the Lincoln Park Zoological Society keep the “Lincoln Park Zoo free, open and amazing 365 days a year.”  Lincoln Park Zoo will be illuminated by 2,500,000 lights.

These are the Lincoln Park Zoo Holiday Market Vendors.  Those with stars are Lincoln Park Zoo employee partipants.

3 Chicks Bowteak- The Sock People

309 Designs Co.

4 Paws Portraits

4Everly Adorned

6 Clothing Co.

*66 and 2/3rd

Adorn candles

AlexasSparkle

All Star Press

Allison Mooney Design

Baizaar

*Brian’s Art of Animals

ChiBoys T-shirt Truck

Chicago Costumes

Connie Risley Crafts

*Cortez Design

Defining Moments by Jocelyn Tobias

Discovery Toys

Fairgrass

Fall But Once

Foursided

from fun to fabulous

GEO Creations

gretta goats

Hello Paper Co.

Katherine Anne Confections

La Familia Green

Lifetherapy

Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry & Accessories

*Lincoln Park Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers

Little Black Jeans LBJ

Love Peridot

LuDesigns Jewelry

MaryMade Jewelry

MojoOwl

OHDH COLOR CO.

OmaDesigns

*PurelyUPcycled

Redefined Map Design

scrub me™

Sewing & Smiling

six point pet

So Silly

Studio Giverny

Sundae Crochet Co.

Taylor Street Soap Co.

Teds ‘n Such

The American Gentleman

The Gift Bash

The HiFi Case

the Winding Road

Usborne Books & More

Vo Jewelry

Whiffables

Wicksly Candles

General Admission tickets are $10 (plus a $1.30 fee) via the Eventbrite Webpage.  For $55 (plus a $2.65 fee), one can get a General Admission Ticket and “adopt” an animal.  The latter package includes a second complimentary General Admission ticket for the Holiday Market, and these items, which ship 7-10 days later: a stuffed animal, a personalized “adoption” certificate, a 4”x5” photo of the animal, and a magnetized photo frame.

Tickets will be scanned at the gate.  People who purchase them in advance must print them out or be prepared to show digital tickets on a smartphone where they can be scanned.  Tickets are not refundable.  All events at the Lincoln Zoo go on rain or shine.  Tickets are transferrable.  If tickets do not sell out in advance, visitors will be able to purchase tickets at the gate for $15 each.  Guests who are twelve-years-of-age or younger are free with a paid adult ticket.

The Lincoln Motor Company and Peet’s Coffee are the sponsors for this event.  Radio station K-Hits 104.3 FM is the media partner.

Do not bring food or drinks from outside Lincoln Park Zoo.  Dogs are prohibited inside the zoo.

Lincoln Park Zoo is in the middle of the part of Lincoln Park that is south of Fullerton Avenue. Public transportation is convenient with C.T.A. Busses stopping at the West Gate and the Farm-in-the-Zoo, and Busses #22 and #36 stopping near the West Gate and the Café Brauer Gate.  The C.T.A.’s Brown and Purple Line trains both stop at the Armitage Station, which is around one mile to the west of the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Train riders should walk eastward on Armitage, past Clark Street, to the Café Brauer Gate.  A carbide from the Loop would cost around $10.  One can find more details at this Lincoln Park Zoo Webpage.  Visitors who want to drive to Lincoln Park Zoo should lose the zoo parking lot at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive.

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