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The 26th Annual "Wreathing of the Lions" Ushers in a Festive Holiday Season at the Art Institute of Chicago

For Immediate Release
Monday, November 20, 2017

Chicago Cast of Hamilton to Emcee as Lions Don Their Evergreen Wreaths

ATTENTION PLANNING EDITORS: ** TV AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES**

WHAT:             Through Bank of America’s generous sponsorship,
the Art Institute celebrates the 26th anniversary of a grand holiday tradition! Visitors of all ages are invited to watch as the iconic Art Institute bronze lions are dressed in their giant evergreen wreaths to herald the start of the holiday season.
 

Visitors will be treated to holiday melodies performed by Soul Children of Chicago and a special appearance by members of the Chicago cast of Hamilton, who will emcee the event. 

Once inside the museum, visitors can participate in free art activities and wreath making in the Ryan Learning Center.  

WHEN:             FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 
                         MEDIA URGED TO ARRIVE BY 9:45am
                               Entertainment begins at 10:00am
                         * WREATHING (NORTH LION) at around 10:20am *
                         Museum opens at 10:30 a.m. 

WHERE:          THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
                         Front steps, Michigan Avenue entrance   

PARKING:       Parking and power will NOT be provided.

* NOTE *          Due to expected crowds, hand-held cameras are
                         strongly 
encouraged.