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34th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party

December 13, 2015
Please use the Modern Wing entrance.
$30 members, $35 nonmembers, $15 children 2 and up, free for children under 2

Hosted by the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago The Auxiliary Board's Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party celebrated its 34th anniversary on December 13, 2015. Over the past 34 years, this fun family program has become a signature event for the Auxiliary Board. Created in 1981 by former Auxiliary Board member Maggie Daley, the Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party has grown to include more than 1,200 participants annually.

Through the generous support of our sponsors, the Auxiliary Board was able to provide more than 600 complimentary tickets to local community outreach organizations. This initiative helps children and families access the museum's collection and helps integrate the museum experience into family life and culture.

The Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party draws families with children to participate in a festive holiday celebration and fun-filled performing arts program. This year's theme, A Feast for the Eyes, explored food in art among the Art Institute's collection. Families arrived on Sunday afternoon to discover truly enchanting works of art. As they followed the expedition, they learned fascinating stories behind the selected works, collected stickers and stamps in activity books to mark their journey, and participated in fun activities to engage their creativity.

Four works of art were chosen to represent the extraordinary and magical pieces found in the museum. Throughout the treasure hunt, families visited:

Paul Cézanne’s The Basket of Apples
Meissen Porcelain Factory’s Monkey Band
Maidu’s Feasting or Storage Basket
Doris Lee’s Thanksgiving

Part of the gallery exploration included a stop in the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center, located in the Art Institute's Modern Wing, where children had the opportunity to make pasta jewelry—with special thanks to Mommy Nearest. The afternoon concluded with a holiday-themed tea party featuring refreshments, snacks, live entertainment, and a food station provided by the Kids’ Table. 


Golden Angels


Kimberly Frezados and the Kohn-Joseloff Foundation


Silver Angels

Chartwell Insurance


Crystal Angels

Stephen W. and Susan M. Baird Foundation

Angela Elbert and Marc Rosenthal

Margo and Ger O’Donnell


South Street Capital


Sapphire Angel

Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Ebling, III

Shirley H. and Richard M. Jaffee Family Foundation

Tommy Miller


Ryan Education Center Activity Sponsor


Tea Party Sponsor


Entertainment Generously Provided By

ChiArts: Chicago Highschool for the Arts

Sherwood: The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago


In-Kind Sponsors

Door Dash

Enjoy Life Food

Fleur de lis




Spot Hero

World's Finest Chocolate


Auxiliary Board Collaborators (ABCs)

Loewenberg Charitable Foundation

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