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31st Annual Treasure Hunt

December 9, 2012
10:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Ryan Education Center, Modern Wing

The Auxiliary Board's Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party celebrated its 31st anniversary on December 9, 2012. Over the past 30 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 1,000 participants annually.

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

The Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party draws in families with children to participate in a festive holiday celebration and fun-filled performing arts program. This year's theme, Extraordinary Places and Mythical Creatures, explored some of the most magical pieces in 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 also 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:

  • Jackson Pollock's Greyed Rainbow
  • Claude Monet's Water Lily Pond
  • Takamura Koun's One of a Pair of Ramma Panels
  • Pair of Griffin Protomes

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 create their own mythical dwellings inspired by discoveries made on their art journey. The afternoon concluded with a holiday-themed tea party featuring refreshments, snacks, and live entertainment.

Event Chairs
Andy Challenger
Chris Crawshaw
Margo Wolf O'Donnell
Rebecca Woan

Lead Sponsor

Golden Angels
Advisory Research, Inc.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
The Gardner School

Silver Angels
Chartwell Insurance Service
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Mirja and Ted Haffner
Paulita Pike and Zulfiqar Bokhari
RCP Advisors

Crystal Angels
Angela Elbert and Marc Rosenthal
Margo Wolf O'Donnell and Ger O'Donnell
Patke & Associates, Ltd.

In-Kind Sponsors
Corner Bakery Café
Language Stars
LUXE Interiors and Design Magazine
Mariano's Fresh Market
Merit School of Music
Old Town School of Folk Music
Rainforest Café
Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago
Ty, Inc.
Walter Payton College Prep Sounds of Sweetness
World's Finest Chocolate