Columbian Ball Preview- The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago celebrates the Apollo 8 mission

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, North Exterior View; photo by J.B. Spector


Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders to be honored at annual fundraiser

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago will celebrate the history-making accomplishments of the Apollo 8 mission during its 38th annual Columbian Ball. On Saturday, October 6, 2018, guests will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission and its crew – Colonel Frank Borman, Captain James Lovell and Major General William Anders– during this annual celebration of innovation, science and technology.

Stutka+727 in the transportation gallery of the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago; photo by J.B. Spector

The Apollo 8 crewmembers were the first to orbit the moon during the historic mission that launched December 21, 1968. Today, the Museum’s Henry Crown Space Center is home to the spacecraft that carried the three men to the far side of the moon and back 50 years ago. Columbian Ball guests will have the opportunity to see the Apollo 8 command module in person, and an even rarer opportunity to watch an interview with the crew as they revisit the daring mission with Ball emcee journalist Bill Kurtis who will lead the discussion focusing on the astronauts’ first-hand accounts of launching into space as well as their hopes for the future of space exploration.

Hundreds of guests will enjoy an evening of food, drink and dancing at this year’s Columbian Ball. Guests will also explore MSI’s popular temporary exhibition The Science Behind Pixar. The Ball is co-chaired by Laura and George Bilicic, Denise Dayan and Christopher Lorenzen. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and First Lady Amy Rule will serve as honorary co-chairs.

From “The Science Behind Pixar” exhibit, The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; photo by Nicholas Czamacki

Guests will first be welcomed inside the Museum’s Entry Hall for cocktails and hors d’ouevres, accompanied by music spun live by DJ E-Six. Dinner will be held in the historic Rotunda, offering the unique opportunity to dine near the Transportation Gallery with planes floating overhead, just steps away from the 40-foot tornado in Science Storms.

The Splashdown Party kicks off after dinner in the Museum’s Entry Hall, featuring a live performance by Maggie Speaks. The Citadel Securities Late Night Lunar Lounge will be open for guests to view photos from the Apollo 8 mission, work with MSI’s Wanger Family Fab Lab team to create a custom keepsake, and go on a virtual spacewalk.


“Science Storms” exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; photo by Nicholas Czamecki


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