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Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Peppermint Patty—when you hear these names, does your head automatically start playing the Peanuts theme song on the piano?

For nearly 50 years, Charles Schulz wrote and drew each Peanuts strip that appeared in daily and Sunday newspapers. And today, the Peanuts are known as “the most popular and influential in the history of the comic strip.”

From now until February 18, 2013, take a step back in time and learn how these beloved cartoon characters came to be at the Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit, “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit.”

According to the Museum of Science and Industry, the exhibit “explores Schulz’s personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, as well as reproductions and related Peanuts memorabilia, you will see how characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy were developed and how they evolved over decades in print and popular culture…”

There are tons of Peanuts-themed activities throughout the exhibit:

  • Walk through a recreation of Schulz’s Santa Rosa, California studio.
  • Take a Peanuts tour of holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day—celebrated so famously by these characters.
  • Enter the recreation of Snoopy’s doghouse interior—which was never shown in the strip—to see the eclectic belongings of this unique dog.
  • Tap out a tune with your feet on Schroeder’s oversized grand piano.
  • Color the Peanuts gang with digital crayon.
  • Create your own animation and have it brought to life in a zoetrope.


This is an exhibit that all kids and adults alike will enjoy. For more information, check out the Museum of Science and Industry!

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‘Tis the season…almost. The holiday season is getting close and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry wants to share the Christmas spirit!

Opening November 17, the museum’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit is sure to delight both young and old with this spectacular display of holiday cheer. The halls will be decked and the exhibit will feature the traditional 45-foot Grand Tree in the Rotunda along with 50 unique and culturally appointed trees.

When taking a stroll through this winter wonderland, join in singing cheerful carols with holiday singers and dancers while enjoying the softly falling “snow”. Throughout the season visit the Holiday Stage on weekends at the museum to watch ethnic song and dance performances and learn more about holiday celebrations from around the world. During the week, local school choral groups will perform holiday favorites. All Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light performances are included in the price of general admission.

To find out more about this incredible exhibit, including a list of events, make sure to visit the museum’s official site! Don’t forget to visit our Facebook as well for more Chicago fun!

Looking for some family fun to start off the new year? Then the Museum of Science and Industry is the place for you! There are tons of exciting events and exhibits for everyone to enjoy!

Some popular exhibits going on now, include the following.

Smart Home: Green + Wired (ends January 9, 2011)

This “Smart Home” is a fully functioning, eco-friendly environment perfect for anyone looking to GoGreen. Some of the highlights include the great spaces for entertaining guests, and an awesome home office. The home fully embodies the natural elements and harmony with the earth. This is a must-see exhibit for individuals who are looking for a smarter, more efficient, and in tune with the environment kind of place.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World (ends January 23, 2011)

Peek into the imagination of the creator of some of our favorite childhood friends including Kermit the frog, Big Bird, and Miss Piggy. This exhibit features original drawings, cartoons, and storyboards by Jim Henson. Also, view the famous puppets themselves and enjoy fun hands-on activities.

Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights (ends January 9, 2011)

This exhibit is 69 years old and includes dozens of decorated trees for everyone’s enjoyment. It features holiday singers and dancers, as well as a 45-foot Grand Tree covered with more than 30,000 twinkling lights. All the trees were decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent the various cultures and holiday traditions.

To purchase tickets and find out more about the exhibits be sure to check out the Museum of Science and Industry today. Some exhibits are closing soon, so hurry and get there before they’re gone!

Chicago is filled with amazing places such as Millennium Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Navy Pier and so many more, but here are some of the city’s best-kept secrets!

1. Green Mill’s Trap Door

Green Mill owner, Dave Jemilo, discovered a world of tunnels leading to the Uptown Theater, Aragon Ballroom, and even across Broadway.  It has been said that these tunnels were used as escape routes for gangsters during the Prohibition Era.

2. German Submarine

Beneath the Museum of Science and Industry lies a WWII German U-505 submarine.  The 700-ton vessel was refurbished in 2004 and is included in the museum’s collection as a national historic landmark.

3. Five Miles of Underground Shopping

Chicago’s pedway covers 40 blocks of the downtown area.  By using the pedway people are able to stop and visit the food courts, bars, barbershops, and even Macy’s which are all included in the underground shopping world.

4. Famous Custom Collection

The Chicago History Museum holds items such as a dress wore by Audrey Hepburn, the coat of Abraham Lincoln, and Michael Jordan’s Bulls uniform.  This 50,000-piece collection holds pieces dating back to the mid 18th century, but it not available for public viewing.

5. Underground Eateries

The ultra lounge, Haven, the nightclub, Underground, and the subterranean eatery, Chilam Balam, are all places that can be found below the sidewalks of Chicago.  These popular hideaways each have their own unique feel that can be noticed as soon as the doors have opened.

6. Loop and South Loop Maze

In the early 1900s freight tunnels were build 40 feet below street level as a way to transport goods and coal to businesses around the city, and cart away ash from the buildings.  Some say gangsters, such as Al Capone, used these tunnels for gambling purposes and to evade police.

7. Wacker Drive

The upper and lower Wacker drives see an average of 60,000 vehicles per day in it’s 2 mile stretch. Movies such as The Dark Knight, with Heath Ledger, and Wanted, with Angelina Jolie have filmed famous scenes on this Chicago roadway.

Want to know more about Chicago’s Underground Secrets? Check out this Chicago Now blog for more fun facts and interesting news.