“Museum of Science and Industry to Open Wearable Technology Exhibit” by S.M. O’Connor

Wired to Wear™, presented by BMO, is the newest temporary exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.).  Opening on Thursday, March 21, 2019, it will run through spring of next year.  Featuring over 100 artifacts from around the world, it is the first-ever exhibit dedicated exclusively to wearable technology.  The artifact that will attract the most attention is likely the Jet Suit, which allows the wearer to fly at speeds of up to thirty-two miles per hour at heights of up to 12,000 feet.  This exhibit is not covered by Museum Entry and requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.

Another new attraction at the M.S.I. is the Makers United workshop, where each visitor designs a wearable product.  This is a chance to learn first-hand about circuit-building and the manufacturing process.  It also requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.  ArcelorMittol presents the Makers United workshop.  The experience is for those ages six and up.  [Due to assembly with small parts, it is not appropriate for smaller tykes.]  Children ages six-to-twelve must be accompanied by a teenager or adult ages eighteen or over.

The M.S.I. is open every day of the year with two exceptions: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  On most days, it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but during peak periods it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Until March 22, 2019, the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  However, from Saturday, March 23, 2019 through Sunday, March 31, 2019, the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., after which it will revert to regular hours.  In April, the M.S.I. will be open regular hours with some exceptions.  It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the weekend of Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Sunday, April 7, 2019 and from Saturday, April 13, 2019 through Saturday, April 20, 2019.  [Note that Sunday, April 14, 2019 is Palm Sunday; Friday, April 19, 2019 is Good Friday; and Sunday, April 21, 2019 is Easter Sunday.]  In May, regular hours will be in effect except on Saturday, May 25, 2019, when the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 26, 2019, when the M.S.I. will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Monday, May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day), when the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Often stylized as the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” the institution is located at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.  Founded by Sears, Roebuck & Company President Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) in 1926, through The Commercial Club of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940.  It occupies the Palace of Fine Arts from Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893).  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

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