Partygoers got a glimpse into the future, as robots — including a fuzzy robo-seal — welcomed them to the Museum of Science and Industry’s 33rd annual Columbian Ball Oct. 19. Nearly 900 guests donned their black-tie best for the bash, co-chaired by Amy and Chris Crane and Anna and Bob Livingston. After dinner and dancing, steps away from a 40-foot tornado (one of the museum’s attractions), guests bid during a live auction. One lucky bidder took home the item of the night: the chance to drink out of the Stanley Cup. The evening netted more than $2 million for the MSI’s education programs.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Museum of Science and Industry, up to a total of $50,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Photos by J. B. Spector