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2175 E. Touhy Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 635-1300
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Arts & Museums
Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology is dedicated to the history of anesthesiology and has a wonderful collection of anesthetic instruments on display. Laryngoscopes, anesthesia masks, alternative medicine and safety equipment make up most of the collection. An interesting exhibit is the Smee Portable Ether Inhaler that induces a distinct light-headedness. Apart from research scholars, the museum is a good place for tourists too, who can glean interesting snippets of information here.
Are you a parent traveling with children who wants to take a break from the hectic mess of airport travel? If so, head over to the departure level of Terminal 2, where you will find an assortment of interactive exhibits that will wear the little ones out in no time. There is an assortment of displays, including a two-story purple cargo airplane, complete with movable foam rubber cargo. Parents can rest on park benches.
McDonald's USA First Store Museum is an image of the early McDonald's Restaurant in Des Plaines. The Museum has retained features of its original structure while undergoing renovations. The original kitchen along with cooking and serving equipment complete with mannequins of the serving staff, give you an idea about the first McDonald's Restaurant. Though the visitors can view the store closely, entry inside is not permitted.
Talented duo Jay Turner and Dennis Quijano have taken their designing instincts and artistic streak back to the suburbs where their roots lie. Their Paper Crown Gallery is a culmination of their passions and entrepreneurial spirit. It has formed a network of local up-and-coming artists that showcase their work making fine art more accessible and affordable. It organizes numerous art classes, photography sessions and graphic designing workshops. Don't miss their BYOB Art and Spirits event, which is a fun night of creativity and fine wine.
The Noble-Seymour Crippen House is one of the oldest mansions in Chicago, that features a touch of Italianate style. In the 20th Century, this house accommodated a series of notable owners. It was later sold out to the Norwood Park Historical Society and serves as a museum and community center.
Amuse the kids with educational fun. A plethora of interactive and energy-consuming exhibits, including a home that can be reconstructed and rearranged and supermarkets and subway cars will delight their imaginations. The Great Kohl Sailing Ship is a stage for imaginary play. They can use nets to catch schools of colorful fake fish or test parents' eardrums by ringing the ship's bell. The Grandma's Attic exhibit is stocked with tons of old clothes. Children can dress up in gowns, suits and shoes to act out imaginary scenes from their parents' and grandparents' lives. Old-fashioned radio is piped in throughout their stay.
Located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, the Ed Paschke Art Center celebrates the life and career of one of Chicago's most prominent Imagist artists, Ed Paschke. In addition to a large collection of work from Paschke's career, the museum hosts lectures and artist-in-residence programs that educate locals and visitors about the artist's style.
Run by the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was established with the aim not only of honoring those whose lives were lost, but also spreading the message of peace and harmony worldwide. The Karkomi Permanent Exhibition gives visitors a glimpse of life in pre-war Europe as well as a sneak peek into concentration camps and ghettos, and life in post-war Skokie is highlighted, too. Issues like human and civil rights are addressed through film screenings, lectures and more.
Neri-Dobrick Gallery focuses on French, Italian and Belgian furniture, ceramics, lighting, carpets and art from the 1920s through the 1960s. Proprietors Heidi Neri and Howard Dobrick travel Europe in search of wares for the gallery. The owners' implicit goal is to broaden the scope of what most people think of when they consider the Modernist period. Work represented includes pieces by Leleu, Poillerat, Buthaud, Cazaux, Venini, Barovier and a multitude of anonymous artists.
The past is, ironically, an essential part of a community’s present and future. It tells us how a particular community has sustained itself against trying times and how it has flourished in times of prosperity. The Arlington Heights Historical Society has preserved this past at the community’s Historical Museum. Comprising five buildings – Muller House, Log Cabin, Coach House, Banta House and the Soda Pop Factory Building – this museum houses artifacts and documents detailing the past of Arlington Heights. Tours are available at specific timings, so do see the website to plan your visit.
The Wonder Works is a museum solely dedicated to kids, from tiny tots to eight year old kids all have a great time here. Apart from the in-house facilities, it also features an outdoor garden where there is a farmer's market set up. For details, check website.
Discover the culture and social fabric of the southwest, northwest and Arctic territory Native Americans. Displays feature textiles, pottery and other materials to illustrate the contemporary and historical life of these natives. Peruse the large selection of baskets on exhibit from the museum's archives and the personal collection of Betty Seabury Mitchell, the museum's founding director.