Chicago is haven to some of the best museums in the world. We have museums dedicated to art, architecture, horticulture, children, culture, history, and zoology.

The top museums in the city include the Shedd Aquarium (1200 South Lake Shore Drive), Museum of Science and Industry (57th & Lake Shore Drive), The Art Institute of Chicago – which is the 2nd largest art museum in the U.S. (111 South Michigan Avenue), Museum of Contemporary Art (220 East Chicago Avenue), National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 West 19th Street), Adler Planetarium (1300 S. Lake Shore Drive), The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark Street), DuSable Museum of African American History (740 East 56th Street), Field Museum of Natural History (1400 South Lake Shore Drive), and the Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Drive).

This summer you can see artifacts from magician Marshall Brodien, AKA Wizzo, WGN’s Bozo Show’s wacky wizard, at two different museums. The Chicago History Museum is featuring an exhibit on magic until the end of the year. Brodien’s temple illusion and one of his Wizzo costumes are part of the display. The Chicago History Museum will hold magical events throughout the summer. Check their website for more details: http://chicagohistory.org/

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) reopened in its new home at 360 North State Street. The museum holds more than 1,800 radio and television historical objects and photos. One of those artifacts is a costume worn by Marshall Brodien as Wizzo on the Bozo Show which is on permanent display there. Overall, the museum is a lot of fun as it takes you back to the “good ol’ days.” See more on their website: http://www.museum.tv/

(All photos shown on this post were taken at the MBC Museum.)

©Mary K. Doyle

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