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32nd Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party

December 8, 2013
Ryan Education Center, Modern Wing

The Auxiliary Board's Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party celebrated its 32nd anniversary on December 8, 2013. Over the past 32 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 Day of Exploration, 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 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:

  • Thorne Miniature Rooms
  • Armor for Man in the Maximilian Style
  • A Banda or Kumbaruba Mask
  • Grant Wood’s American Gothic

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 mask 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
Zoe Bonnette
Andy Challenger
Margo Wolf O'Donnell
Rebecca Woan

Lead Sponsor

Golden Angels
Advisory Research, Inc.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Silver Angels
Chartwell Insurance Service
Guggenheim Partners
Mirja and Ted Haffner
RCP Advisors

Crystal Angels
Zoe and David Bonnette
Angela Elbert and Marc Rosenthal
Margo and Ger O'Donnell

In-Kind Sponsors
ChiArts: Chicago High School for the Arts
Corner Bakery Café
Fleur de lis
Great Lakes Harpists
Language Stars
Mariano's Fresh Market
Rainforest Café
Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago
Ty, Inc.
World's Finest Chocolate