Nine other museums, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium are participating in Chicago Museum Week (Thursday, October 1, 2015 through Wednesday, October 7, 2015), in addition to the Museum of Science & Industry. This is a project of the Museums in the Park, a collection of cultural institutions (the museums, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium), which operate on Chicago Park District properties.
The nine other museums are the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, The DuSable Museum of African-American History, The Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, and The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (The Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences). “Museum Week is a chance to rediscover Chicago’s most iconic institutions that connect us with exceptional collections of art, culture, history, science, animals and nature,” stated Gary T. Johnson, president, Museums In the Park. “We want people to explore places that are new to them or visit old favorites. Chicago has a wealth of cultural institutions and Museum Week provides extra incentives and opportunities to visit them.”
The Museums in the Park stated, “During Museum Week, guests can visit the number one museum in the world as chosen by TripAdvisor travelers (The Art Institute), and the first museum on the planet to have two full-size planetarium dome theaters (Adler Planetarium). Visitors can check out museums housed in repurposed buildings, including the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (Museum of Science and Industry, and formerly occupied by The Field Museum), a police station (DuSable Museum of African American History) and the Humboldt Park Stables (National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture). At the National Museum of Mexican Art, guests can see the world’s largest Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, exhibit, and at the Chicago History Museum, guests can see Nathan Leopold’s glasses that implicated him and Richard Loeb in the murder of Bobby Franks in The Secret Lives of Objects exhibit.”
The sponsors of Chicago Museum Week are 365 Outdoor, a Chicago-based advertising firm that builds custom-made outdoor displays; Chicago Magazine; Chicago Tribune Media Group, which publishes the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, the Post-Tribune (formerly the Gary Post-Tribune), the Naperville Sun, and other periodicals; NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV, Channel 5); Time Out Chicago; Total Outdoor, which operates digital billboard signs in Chicago and other big cities; and Univision Chicago. The Museums in the Park also acknowledge the support of the Chicago Park District.
 The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, designed by German architect Joseph Paul Kelihues, occupies the site of the former Illinois National Guard Armory. It is not on Chicago Park District land, but it is surrounded by two parks: Seneca Playlot Park to the west and Lake Shore Park to the east.