“When is the Fort-Building Event at the Museum of Science & Industry?” by S.M. O’Connor

The event “Let’s Play: Forts” will be at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This is a free outdoor event.  No Museum Entry is required.  The M.S.I. stated, “Guests will have a chance to participate in a variety of engineering and maker-inspired activities.”  These will include (1) Community Fort-Building, (2) Build Your Own Fort, and (3) the Mini Metropolis.

In Community Fort-Building, guests will collaborate in the use of newspapers and tape to create a structure that will change with each contribution.  In Build Your Own Fort, each guest will receive “a giant cardboard box and everyday materials… to bring your very own individual fort to life.”  In Mini Metropolis, guests will design and build structures they can add to a miniature cityscape that will expand throughout the event.

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.

Normally, the M.S.I. is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  However, the M.S.I. is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day in July, except on Thursday, July 18, 2019, when it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. From Thursday, August 1, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019, and on Saturday, August 31, 2019, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and from the 18th to the 30th of August, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  On Sunday, September 1, 2019 and Monday, September 2, 2019, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Otherwise, in September, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Saturday, September 29, 2019, when it will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Throughout the whole of October, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except on Saturday, October 5, 2019, when it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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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