The Museum of Science and Industry hosted one of Chicago’s premier cultural events, the 37th annual Columbian Ball, on October 7. This special evening celebrated the impact the museum is making in the community with science education, and its bolds plans for the future. Five hundred guests attended the ball and helped raised more than $2 million, which will go toward funding the museum’s exhibits, experiences and educational programs.
Guests enjoyed an evening of food, drink and dancing at this year’s Columbian Ball, and also explored MSI’s popular temporary exhibitions Robot Revolution and Brick by Brick. The ball was co-chaired by Christine and Matthew Boler and Julie and David Fisher. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule served as honorary co-chairs.
The evening began in MSI’s Entry Hall with cocktails and hors d’ouevres accompanied by music spun live by DJ E-Six. Guests were then welcomed into the historic Rotunda for dinner, offering the unique opportunity to dine underneath the iconic Transportation Gallery with planes floating overhead, and just steps away from the world’s only 40-foot tornado in Science Storms.
The Ball’s formal presentation was hosted by LaRoyce Hawkins, Chicago-area native and one of the stars on NBC’s hit show “Chicago P.D.”
The White City After Party kicked off after dinner in the Museum’s Entry Hall, featuring a live DJ set by Rev Run and DJ Ruckus. Guests were also able to explore the Museum’s hands-on, interactive exhibits, tested the latest wearable technology in the Tech Lounge located in Lower Court, and printed a vinyl silhouette of themselves with help from the Wanger Family Fab Lab team that they placed on an illustration of the White City.
About the Columbian Ball
In 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry opened its doors—doors to a building that was once the Palace of Fine Arts at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The Columbian Ball was named after this world-renowned fair, and the annual event plays a crucial role in funding the Museum’s exciting and inspirational educational programs, exhibits and experiences.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the following Columbian Ball sponsors:
The Boler Company; Enova; BMO Harris Bank; Rita and John Canning; Adobe CDW; Liz and Kent Dauten, Keystone Capital, Inc.; ITW; James Drury Partners; Jacky and Michael Ferro; Andrea and Jim Gordon, the Edgewater Funds; Maclean-Fogg; United Airlines; David Bohnett Foundation; BP; Chicago Magazine; The Crown Family; Faye and Bill Mynatt, Dovenmuehle; Karen and Bill Goodyear; Ann and Doug Grissom; Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation; Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Erin and Jason Pritzker; Kathleen and Jim Skinner; Sodexo; Liz Stiffel; Tawani Foundation; Marilyn Fatt Vitale and David Vitale.
Submitted by the Museum of Science and Industry. One of the largest science museums in the world, MSI offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414.