With summer on the horizon, downtown Chicago is sure to be busy in the coming months as visitors take in the best attractions the city has to offer.
As temperatures rise, why not head into the cool indoors and see some of the new exhibits the city’s famed museums have on display?
Here are a few limited-time-only displays that offer historical, cultural and educational offerings – and a lot of fun.
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Brick by Brick – Museum of Science and Industry
Now open through February 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Brick by Brick includes more than a dozen oversized creations made from the colorful bricks by LEGO Certified Professional, Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker. The creations range from a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge made entirely of LEGOs to scaled-down versions of the International Space Station and the Roman Colosseum.
What’s more, the exhibit allows for hands-on fun – it’s what LEGO is about, after all. And open build area lets visitors of all ages construct their own brick creations. The exhibit also offers building challenges that incorporate engineering, construction and architecture – presenting challenges such as building structures that can withstand earthquakes and high winds.
Terracotta Warriors – The Field Museum
The new exhibition, Terracotta Warriors, is based on China’s famed terracotta army of ancient clay figures. It will be open through January, 2017
As explained on the Field Museum’s website, China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, is the basis for the exhibit. He planned to spend his afterlife buried in an elaborate tomb surrounded by worldly treasures. For protection, he built an army of terracotta warriors.
It’s estimated roughly 8,000 terracotta figures surround the tomb – horses, archers and generals. Most top six feet – taller than the average person in the emperor’s time. Construction of the warriors alone is estimated to have taken at least a decade.
The warriors were unearthed by accident by a farmer in 1974, and in the decades that followed, historians and archaeologists have inspected everything found in the mausoleum to better understand the life of this historical figure.
The resulting exhibit includes nearly 200 objects — including 10 of the large-scale clay figures — associated with the emperor’s transformative reign more than 2,000 years ago.
What is a Planet? – Adler Planetarium
It’s been a decade since Pluto has been considered a planet. This leads to the question of how it’s determined what a planet is – and what it isn’t.
The definition has changed over the years. This exhibit at the Adler Planetarium– open though Jan. 8, 2017 – allows visitors to relive how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto’s reclassification in 2006. It also explores today’s definition of a planet straight from Adler astronomers. There’s also a real-time vote visitors can take part in to gauge opinion on Pluto’s planet status. And to top it off, there are artifacts that show the evolving definition.