I’ve run across some announcements for events in January that were not mentioned in my previous post and I wanted to make sure they were listed here since they seemed like fun things to do in Chicago in January.
1. Jim Henson Exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry Chicago - This may be pushing the Science and Industry category a bit wide, but who doesn’t love the Muppets and Sesame Street? (Especially us children of the 70′s and 80′s). If you have kids or are a big kid yourself, check out this exhibit quickly, it is ending on January 23rd! See the puppets used in the filming of these classic shows and the characters Jim Henson developed before them to create this magical world we saw on TV. See MSIChicago.org for more details and ticket prices. (The Museum of Science & Industry is open for FREE on WEEKDAYS in JANUARY, so only the $5 Jim Henson exhibit charge applies) Open 9:30 am – 4 pm daily.
2. Skating at the top of the John Hancock Building – Open January 1 – March 31, 2011. This is new and old at the same time. Apparently there has been a temporary promotional ice rink up in the John Hancock observatory before. They’ve brought it back and you too can skate with a view of the entire city at 875 N. Michigan Avenue on the 94th floor. It is $5 for 25 minutes, which isn’t cheap but it is a novelty probably worth the money. The ice skating rink on the 94th floor is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, I so want to go check this out! See explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/attractions/tourism/skating_in_the_sky.html for more details and a map.
3. At Union Station Special K has a short term exhibit about new year’s resolutions. If you happen to be traveling through the train station downtown, stop for a minute and check it out. The display contains a larger than life scale that gives inspirational messages rather than weight measurements. They are also doing screen tests for Special K commercials if you want to try out to see if you might be featured. This is happening from January 11 only and then it travels on to the next stop on its tour.