Members of the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry, which I will continue to abbreviate as M.S.I., can take their kids trick-or-treating early, on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The M.S.I. stated the “Spooky Science” event will involve “spine-tingling science demonstrations, ghoulish games, spooky crafts for the whole family and seasonal snacks.” There will be trick-or-treat stop with each activity.
“Spooky Science” will be held on the Main Level in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. One must register in advance. The admittance number for Members will be strictly enforced. Click here to become a Member.
Other Upcoming Events
To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Elements, the (M.S.I.) will host the Periodic Table Dinner at The Promontory Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., as I wrote about yesterday. One must make reservations online and one must do so in advance. Reservations are offered on a first come, first served basis. Click here to make reservations via RESY. The three-course prix fixe menu costs $50 per person. [A vegetarian entrée will be an option.] Additional drink packages will be offered. Tax and tip are not included. The Promontory is on the west side of Lake Park Avenue, south of 53rd Street, and north of 54th Street in the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago. The address is 5311 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615.
The sixth annual Science Works S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) career celebration at the M.S.I. will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019, as I wrote about last Saturday. Engineers, neuroscientists, a veterinarian, and app designers will be on hand. Science Works, sponsored by BP, is included with Museum Entry tickets.
The next two Illinois Free Days at the M.S.I. are Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and Monday, November 18, 2019. Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are free for Illinois residents on Illinois Free Days. One must furnish proof of residency.
The M.S.I. 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. 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). Throughout the whole of October, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except today, Saturday, October 5, 2019, when it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. because of the annual Columbian Ball being held tonight.
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.
 As I wrote about last Friday, the M.S.I. announced on Thursday, October 3, 2019 that the Board of Trustees had voted to accept a $125,000,000 gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. M.S.I. executives and board members felt it would consequently be appropriate to change the M.S.I.’s name to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry. A multi-billionaire, Mr. Griffin is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of Citadel, Inc., a Chicago-based hedge fund. His gift is the largest in the history of the science and technology museum, and one of the largest gifts to any cultural institution in Chicago.
 Located on Lake Park Avenue, which is the main street in Hyde Park, The Promontory’s name is an allusion to Promontory Point. This is a manmade peninsula at the southeastern-most tip of the Chicago Park District’s 653.63-acre Burnham Park, which lies along the lakeshore from a point to the east of Grant Park downtown until it connects with Jackson Park at 57th Street in Hyde Park. Alfred Caldwell (1903-1998), who is best remembered for the design of what is now called the Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool in Lincoln Park, designed the landscape of Promontory Point. The Promontory Point Field House strongly resembles a lighthouse and is a popular venue for private events.