Between new and ongoing exhibits, summer camps, Late Night openings and Depot Days, the West Chicago City Museum will be a summer destination for people of all ages.
Also revving up is another season of the popular Passport to Adventure. Each summer, suburban museums team up to provide the program which runs from May 1, 2015 through Labor Day and is open to children between the ages of 4 and 12. Families may pick up Passport books at the City Museum or Kruse House, as well as at the West Chicago Public Library, starting on May 1, 2015. Each Passport book contains a listing of participating museum, including address, hours, admission fees (if any) and a brief description of the exhibits available at each location. Children receive stamps in the Passport books at each site they visit, and at the end of the summer, children may receive prizes based on the number of museums visited.
“This is a particularly active season for the Museum,” said Museum Director Sara Phalen. “With kids home from school later this month, and parents looking for fun, creative and educational things to do, we have some exciting programs to satisfy both. We want our residents to think of the City Museum as one of many summer community resources.”
Details of more Museum offerings follow:
The City Museum will open two new exhibits at Blooming Fest, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Be Well: A Dialogue of Health and Wellness through History will explore the notions of health and wellness and how they have changed through time.
Visiting Danish artist Diana Velasco will also open her Sense of Place exhibit on May 16, 2015, displaying postcards filled out by residents with memories they have of local places. A selection of photographs of those locations will accompany the memories. Velasco will be at the Museum during Blooming Fest to meet visitors before she heads to the Danish Museum of America in Elk Horn, Iowa, the following week. The visiting artist program is held in collaboration with People Made Visible, Inc.
Museum visitors will also be able to see the local history exhibit Building Community as it gets a revamp this spring and summer. Stop in and see the changes staff is making to this second floor exhibit, and contribute input on what future exhibits would be of interest.
The City Museum will be offering half-day summer camps again this summer. Children ages 6 through 12 can attend a monthly half-day camp by registering with the City Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 231-3376. Half-day camps will be held on June 15, July 15 and August 12, 2015. Registration is free to resident children or $5 for non-residents.
The City Museum will have the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 1860s Depot open for Depot Days this summer. Beginning at Blooming Fest, the Depot will be open on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays, June 13, July 11, and August 15, 2015 from noon – 4:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to stop in during these days to see some of West Chicago’s railroad history – it’s FREE. Kids are also invited to make a craft and take part in the hands-on activities that will be taking place at the Depot.
Late Nights at the Museum
Monthly opportunities to view the installed exhibits have been well received by the public and will continue through the summer. Specific dates and times follow:
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.