Children’s Museum
Through January 21
10 a.m — 5 p.m. daily

Since 2007, the Children’s Museum has offered artists from across the country a 14-week residency in which they create an oversized, hands-on, whimsical work of art designed specifically with the museum space and interactive audience in mind.

This year’s selections stretch the mind and imagination of kids both young and old: Robert Zacharias’ Drawn Together is a digital riff on the classic Etch-a-Sketch, designed for two. Arvid Tomayko and Hannah Gene Thompson’s Urchin Searchin Sound is a giant coral reef sculpture that translates touch to sound. Shohei Katayama’s Nimbus Drum transforms clashing beads into sound and moving clouds, and Megan Flod Johnson’s giant nest looks like it might be home to a mythical creature who lives somewhere in the museum.

All are built sturdy enough to handle the strain put on them by demanding little hands.

Past installations have included 3D pop-up books, giant wooden puppets and an oversized bubble-blowing machine.

Check out the video below for more information on the Tough Art program. The exhibits are included with regular admission price.

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.