Griffin Court in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute was transformed into a giant snow globe for "Let it Snow," the inaugural holiday party hosted by the Woman's Board of the Art Institute. More than 350 adults and children welcomed in the holiday season at a winter wonderland created by Heffernan Morgan Ronsley.
Balloon artists and circus performers greeted guests in the lobby. Sounds of the season rang out as True Voices of Christ, a local gospel choir, performed on the staircase and opened with "Let it Snow."
Partygoers sampled hors d'oeuvres and desserts by Bon Appetit.
The museum's education department offered art-making activities for the children throughout the evening. Candy-counting contests and a photo booth were a hit among the young revelers.
Craft stations gave kids an opportunity to create snow globes, photo frames and snowflakes.
The gingerbread house voting was intense as museum departments vied for the win. Entries included various scenes of Chicago.
A performance by Midnight Circus, founded by Julie and Jeff Jenkins, included jugglers, clowns, musicians, dancers, acrobats, aerialists and magicians. The Chicago Boyz' jump rope and gymnastic routines wowed the crowd.
Event chair Laura Werner was thrilled with the turnout. "We hope to make it an annual tradition and have everyone bring their children and grandchildren to experience the joys of the museum. We thank Renzo Piano for giving us such a beautiful canvas to paint on."
Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.
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