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Illinois Public Museum Grants Program

The Public Museum Capital Grants Program is designed to help public museums in Illinois expand and upgrade facilities and create new exhibitions.

  Previous Grant Awards   

MUSEUM CAPITAL PROJECTS 2012

ABRAHAM LINCOLN MEMORIAL GARDEN FOUNDATION, INC. (Sangamon County)-$82,433.
Renovation of the Ostermeir Farmhouse to add handicap accessible features, waterproof basement, replace carpet, install life safety devices and replace doors.
ADLER PLANETARIUM (Cook County)-$430,000.
Renovation of the Doane Observatory that will include creating two new interior rooms under the observing deck.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS HISTORICAL MUSEUM (Cook County)-$43,800.
Purchase and installation of message repeater displays, interpretive signs and main museum campus signs.
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (Cook County)-$639,933.
Facilities renewal project to upgrade the HVAC throughout the museum.
BROOKFIELD ZOO, CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY (Cook County)-$494,117.
This ADA compliance project enhances the guest experience by upgrading several high traffic areas at the zoo to meet ADA accessibility requirements.
BURPEE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (Winnebago County)-$347,000
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The project enhances several exhibits which cover a 400 million-year geological time period. The upgrades include: new signage, lighting, interactive elements , interactive kiosks and handicap accessible elements.
BYRON MUSEUM OF HISTORY (Ogle County)-$43,350.
Enhances the “Old Time Farming” exhibit by transforming an area of the museum into a vintage barn setting. Displays include farming equipment spanning the early 1800s to the early 1900s and will also have interactive kiosks that relate the use of specific pieces.
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN (Cook County)-$750,000.
Construction project for two outdoor plant production nurseries.
CHICAGO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM (Cook County)-$31,000.
Construction project for the I-Lab Exhibit featuring real tools and materials visitors can work with to inspire creativity.
CHICAGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Cook County)-$750,000.
Rubloff Auditorium renovation project that features the installation of a lectern, projection screen, new lighting components, electrical upgrades, and audiovisual improvements. The construction also includes replacement of seats, a new stage extension, and the reconfiguration of the floor slope, seating and aisles.
CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM, TOWN OF NORMAL (McLean County)-$209,000.
The My Great Backyard construction project creates a new exhibit that provides opportunities for exploration and discovery through tactile visual and auditory stimuli, and will also include a fort and clubhouse with observation towers connected by a wooden bridge and a meandering stream.
DISCOVERY CENTER MUSEUM (Winnebago County)-$262,000.
Capital Expansion and Improvement Project - Phase II that helps address a number of Illinois state learning goals. The project includes: additions and improvements to our outdoor science park; replacement of outdated exhibits in the Power House Gallery with new exhibits that demonstrate new trends in modern energy production and conservation; the replacement of outdated exhibits in the Body Shop Gallery with new exhibits that utilize current technology and convey vital information about the body, health and well-being; exhibit upgrades in the Color and Light Gallery; and the addition of a new permanent exhibition gallery named "The Science of Sound."
DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (Cook County)-$748,000.
Energy efficiency and collections upgrade with improvements that include the renovation of the collections storage area and energy efficient enhancement upgrades to the HVAC and lighting/electrical systems.
ELLWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM (DeKalb County)-$82,000.
Ellwood museum grounds water tower restoration project with additional landscaping improvements and installation of an interpretive sign and seating area. This project funds repairs to the wrought iron gate, support walls, roof and masonry of the tower.
ELMHURST ART MUSEUM (DuPage County)-$270,000.
The Elmhurt Art Museum infrastructure improvement project replaces the roof and sprinkler system while upgrading the gallery lighting.
ELMHURST HISTORICAL MUSEUM (DuPage County)-$283,000.
The project consists of the design and installation of a new air conditioning system and ventilation system for the museum and HVAC improvements.
FIELD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (Cook County)-$750,000.
The Field Museum fire suppression improvement project will install a modern fire protection system in seven public exhibition galleries and three adjoining hallways.
GALENA & U.S. GRANT MUSEUM (Jo Daviess County)-$86,000.
The Port of Galena 1856 project is a permanent interactive exhibit that explores the history and evolution of the Galena River and the Port of Galena from 1856 to today.
GRAYSLAKE HERITAGE CENTER & MUSEUM (Lake County)-$154,059.
The Advancing the Annex project will include installation of: a first-rate heating and cooling system, museum grade track lighting, structure insulation and U/V filters to the windows.
THE GROVE (Cook County)-$58,300.
Funding for the visionary life of John A Kennicott exhibit - pioneer doctor, educator and horticulturalist. The exhibit will consist of 15 printed panels, display cases for original documents and artifacts, and a traveling panel.
HERITAGE IN FLIGHT MUSEUM, INC. (Logan County)-$112,518.
Improvements to the artifact display/hangar building will include upgraded electrical and HVAC systems, public safety improvements, and ADA accessibility enhancements.
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST (Cook County)-$125,000.
The new home for history: from firehouse to history museum project includes the installation of a new HVAC system and a fire protection system.
INSTITUTE OF PUERTO RICAN ARTS & CULTURE (IPRAC) (Cook County)-$750,000.
The IPRAC phase IV renovation and build-out project includes restoration of a permanent exhibit, completion of the 2nd floor gallery, and creation of a conference center, restrooms, archival collection storage area, staff offices and elevators.
ITASCA HISTORICAL DEPOT MUSEUM (DuPage County)-$110,000.
The committed to our future, inspired by our past-"Getting Back On Track"-phases III & IV project includes the relocation and restoration of a train caboose and an interactive train display.
JOLIET AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM (Will County)-$61,400.
The 1940s music store permanent exhibit and oral history/audio visual kiosk project features the redesign of the metropolitan city gallery focusing on a Joliet music store circa 1940 including artifacts, a touch screen, oral history kiosk and hands on activities.
KANKAKEE COUNTY MUSEUM (Kankakee County)-$26,300.
Funds an infrastructure improvement project for the French heritage museum at the Stone Barn.
KOHL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM of Greater Chicago (Cook County)-$37,100.
The Books & Crannies children's museum exhibit project is for a new permanent exhibit modeled after a bookstore café to promote early interest in reading.
LINCOLN PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY (Cook County)-$750,000.
Funds a construction project that will create a state-of-the-art outdoor exhibit for housing Japanese macaques.
LOMBARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY (DuPage County)-$45,000.
The carriage house expansion: phase II exhibit project includes the installation of new exhibits in the carriage house and outdoor signage at the Victorian Cottage Museum site.
MIDWAY VILLAGE MUSEUM (Winnebago County)-$327,000.
The many faces, one community project will complete the immigrant home and also the seventh and south main streetscapes.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO (Cook County)-$750,000.
The M.C.A. enhancement project includes lighting upgrades to sustainable, energy-efficient systems and participatory “Engagement Zones” installed in key locations in the museum.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (Cook County)-$740,800.
Funding for the west pavilion critical exterior restoration project will assist in the repair of the limestone façade of the MSI building exterior, which is necessary due to the deterioration from years of extreme weather in the Chicago area.
MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE (Champaign County)-$57,571.
The project includes redevelopment of the Grand Prairie Story main gallery exhibit including: the audio/visual displays, large and small scale interpretive panels, maps and images and interactive exhibits featuring updated technology.
NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM (Cook County)-$750,000.
The new National Hellenic museum project includes permanent exhibition design and construction, interior furnishings and exterior signage.
THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HOUSING MUSEUM (Cook County)-$750,000.
The National Public Housing Museum project includes construction of a courtyard, parking lot, fencing, landscaping and a demolition.
PECK FARM (Kane County)-$95,000.
The Peck Farm project renovates the interpretive areas and exhibits to enhance the historic Peck house and orientation barn.
PEORIA ZOO (Peoria County)-$180,000.
The Adventure Grove project features habitats and environments of local animals with winding paths of permeable concrete and interpretive nodes of recycled glass pavement that invite guests to become the living animals.
PLEASANT HOME (Cook County)-$80,455.
This project funds the much needed restoration of the Pleasant Home Summer Dining Porch. The Summer Dining Porch will be restored as part of the comprehensive plan for the home in Mills Park.
QUINCY ART CENTER (Adams County)-$99,800.
Rehabilitative construction at the Quincy Art Center includes interior and exterior improvements to the historic Sinnock Gallery improving visitor safety and experience while providing a better environment for the permanent collection display. Rotating exhibits will be included that expand audience capacity.
THE RAUPP MUSEUM (Cook County)-$149,250.
Three new exhibits will be created at the Raupp Museum‟s Buffalo Grove crossroads exhibit: The Prairie View Train Station, The Weidner General Store and the Geimer Greenhouse.
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM (Winnebago County)-$281,700.
The gallery lighting renovation project upgrades existing lighting systems in the Rockford Art Museum galleries that will enhance exhibits and feature education programs in the lower level gallery of the museum.
SHABBONA-LEE-ROLLO HISTORICAL MUSEUM (DeKalb County)-$125,000.
The project funds construction for the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo historical museum that includes a 1,200 square-foot addition to the museum which improves accessibility and adds display space.
JOHN G. SHEDD AQUARIUM (Cook County)-$750,000.
This project renovates the Rotunda with replacement of the existing domed skylight with an insulated glazing system to ensure the protection of the Shedd‟s interior and façade while increasing energy efficiency.
SPRING VALLEY NATURE CENTER & HERITAGE FARM (Cook County)-$115,000.
The Vera Meineke Nature Center Exhibit Gallery Renovation includes construction of three new natural history exhibits at the Nature Center: The Local Ecosystem Diorama, the Living Habitat Display and Changes in Nature.
SPRINGFIELD PARK DISTRICT'S WASHINGTON PARK BOTANICAL GARDEN (Sangamon County)-$318,620.
This Washington Park botanical garden project includes installation of new heating and cooling units and a new LED lighting system increasing energy efficiency. Also, an outdoor gathering plaza will be created.
STEPHENSON COUNTY MUSEUM (Stephenson County)-$122,500.
The Oscar Taylor home preservation and energy efficiency project includes replacement of the roofing systems, gutters, downspouts, fascia woodwork repair, upgrades to the HVAC system and increased attic insulation.
TEKAKWITHA WOODS AT CREEK BEND NATURE CENTER (Kane County)-$150,000.
This Learning Tree project will design and fabricate an interactive exhibit at the new nature center.
TINKER SWISS COTTAGE MUSEUM, INC. (Winnebago County)-$300,000.
The Tinker Swiss cottage museum project includes HVAC upgrades and building repairs/renovation, including replacement of much of the exterior trim work to maintain the structural integrity of the building and extend the life of the structure.
VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL (Winnebago County)-$189,069.
Funding is for sustainable improvements to the environment project through temperature control, overall lighting experience and life safety.
WAGNER FARM (Cook County)-$39,800.
This Wagner Farm–from field to table project is for the restoration of The Dunbar Wagon back to a fully-functioning steam powered popcorn wagon that will be used as an educational tool assisting in the learning strategy of “Field to Table .

FY2010 Awards

Adler Planetarium-Chicago - $750,000
Sky Theater upgrade – The grant funds will be used for the construction phase of the Sky Theater renovation. (Contact Person: Kathleen Jacob-312/322-0511)
Anita Purves Nature Center/Champaign - $160,000
ADA Trail – This project will construct an ADA compliant trail connecting the Nature Center with adjacent Busey Woods Nature Preserve. (Contact Person: Judy Miller-217/384-4062)
Art Institute of Chicago - $800,000
Energy efficiency upgrade – This project will replace the HVAC system as part of an ongoing facility upgrade (Contact Person: Kevin Beck-312/443-3120)
Burpee Museum/Rockford - $300,000
New Fossil Exhibit – This project will complete a permanent Triceratops exhibit. (Contact Person: Scott Williams-815/965-3433 x1006)
Chicago Botanic Garden - $500,000
Children’s Growing Garden Exhibit – Funding will be used toward construction of a 10,000 square foot garden, teaching pavilion and horticulture support building. (Contact Person: Anya Maziak, 847/835- 6896)
Chicago Historical Society - $700,000
Energy efficiency upgrade- This project will upgrade museum heating and cooling systems in the galleries and collection storage area. (Contact Person: Gary T. Johnson -312/799-2200)
Chicago Zoological Society - $500,000
Conservation Center – This project includes renovation of the current Reptile House into a state of the art center for conservation and outreach programs. (Contact Person: Sarah Breen-Bartecki - 708/688-8974)
Children’s Discovery Museum of Normal - $200,000
Renewable Energy Exhibits - This project encompasses the design, fabrication and installation of hands-on components for two exhibits (Contact Person: Shari Buckellew - 309/433-3444)
Dillon Home Museum/Sterling - $68,700
ADA Upgrades – Grant funds will be used to bring the Dillon Home Museum and parking area into ADA compliance. (Contact Person: Doug Jacobs-815/622-6061)
Discovery Center of Rockford - $250,000
Expansion and improvement – This project will upgrade and/or replace existing exhibits and exhibit areas. (Contact Person: Sarah Wolf - 815/963-6769)
Early American Museum/Champaign - $500,000
Education Center Addition – Phase 1 – This project will provide for an additional area for an educational classroom, collection storage/processing area, and public restroom facilities. (Contact Person: Cheryl Kennedy - 217/586-2612)
Elgin History Museum - $36,610
Museum Exhibits – These funds will be used to update the museums existing exhibits. (Contact Person: Elizabeth Marston-847/742-4248)
Ellwood House/DeKalb - $150,000
ADA and Signage upgrades – This project will make improvements to the grounds of the museum by addressing accessibility issues and signing. (Contact Person: Gerald J. Brauer - 815/756-4609)
Elmhurst Art Museum - $70,000
Restoration of Meis House – Grant funds will be used to restore the Meis/McCormick House to use as a permanent exhibition and educational program area. (Contact Person: Stuart W. Henn - 630/834-0202x113)
Elmhurst History Museum - $50,000
Museum Campus and Building improvements – These funds will be used to install lighted sidewalks/walking paths and make roofing improvements. (Contact Person: Lance Tawzer-630/530- 6450)
Fabyan Villa Museum/Geneva - $100,000
HVAC Control updates – This project includes installation of air-handling units throughout the building. (Contact Person: Lynn Dransott-630/377-6424)
Field Museum of Natural History/Chicago - $800,000
Energy efficiency project – This project will include purchase and installation of a new air handling unit for the museum. (Contact Person: Deborah Bekeken - 312/665-7807)
Grand Army of the Republic/Aurora - $250,000
Interior improvements – Grant funds will be used for Phase 2 of the interior restoration of the museum building. (Contact Person: Rena Church - 630/906-0654)
Grove Historic Landmark/Glenview - $80,000
Exhibit improvements – This project encompasses the design, construction and installation of new educational exhibits. (Contact Person: Laura Stuart - 630/513-4370)
Henson Robinson Zoo/Springfield - $200,000
Phase II Expansion – These grant funds will be used for walkway renovation and new exhibit updates. (Contact Person: Talon Thornton - 217/753-6217)
Hoosier Grove/Streamwood - $25,000
Accessibility Renovation – This project is the re-design and construction of an accessible ramp. (Contact Person: Debbie Karner - 630/483-3012)
Klehm Arboretum/Rockford - $100,000
Interpretive Signage – This project will allow for the installation of interpretative and directional signage. (Contact Person: Jane Snively-815/965-8146)
Kohl Children’s Museum/Glenview - $50,000
Powered by Nature Exhibit – This project will allow for the construction of a new exhibit entitled Powered by Nature. (Contact Person: Jennifer Oates - 847/832-6911)
Lincoln Park Zoo/Chicago- $83,333
Gorilla Exhibit Moat – This project includes repairs and improvements to the moat surrounding the Regenstein Center for Africa Apes. (Contact Person: Kimberly Montroy - 312/742-2175)
Little White School Museum/Oswego - $100,000
ADA Access and drainage improvements – This project will allow for the installation of an inclined wheelchair lift and seat lift within the museum as well as installation of new gutters and downspouts to aid in drainage issues. (Contact Person: Roger Matile - 630/554-2999)
Lizzadro Museum/Elmhurst - $150,000
Building upgrades – This project is for the installation of a new sprinkler system as well as updated HVAC and electrical systems. (Contact Person: Dorothy J. Asher - 630/833-1616)
Lombard History Museum - $70,000
ADA improvements – This project will allow for costs associated in making an 1870 Carriage House ADA accessible. (Contact Person: Jeanne Angel - 630/629-1885)
Mayslake Peabody Estate /Oak Brook - $150,000
Restore Library Ceiling – This project will allow for the restoration of the library ceiling in the Mayslake Hall. (Contact Person: Chrissie Howorth- 630/206-9568)
McLean County Museum of History - $225,000
HVAC Renovation – This project will allow for the replacement of 11 old HVAC units and install new air conditioning in selected areas to allow for greater energy efficiency. (Contact Person: Mr. Greg Koos - 309/827-0428)
Midway Village Museum/Rockford - $230,000
Many Faces, One Community Exhibit – This project will allow for the creation of an immersive, interactive exhibit that explores the history of immigration to Rockford and America. (Contact Person: David Byrnes - 815/397-9112)
Museum of Contemporary Art/Chicago - $500,000
Knowledge Center and Energy Upgrades – This project will provide for the redesign of a new museum entrance, design and construct a new Knowledge Center and upgrade chillers and lighting to gain great energy efficiencies. (Contact Person: Janet Alberti-312/397-3801)
Museum of Science and Industry/Chicago - $800,000
Energy Planet Exhibit – This project will allow for the design and site preparation for the new Energy Planet Exhibit. (Contact Person: Kevin Frank - 773/753-7011)
Naper Settlement/Naperville - $350,000
Joseph Nader Homestead – This project will allow for the creation of a historical interpretive site on property of city founder Joseph Nader recently purchased by the City of Naperville. (Contact Person: Debbie Grinnell - 630/305-7063)
National Museum of Mexican Art/Chicago - $700,000
Upgrade performance space – This project will allow for the upgrade and reworking of the original performance space. (Contact Person: Ignacio Guzman - 312/738-1503 x3940)
Peggy Notebaert Museum /Chicago - $100,000
Upgrade and enlarge exhibit space – This project will allow the museum to recapture the first-floor exhibit space and create a more direct, visible path for visitors to access the outdoor Bird Walk exhibit. (Contact Person: Mary Snodgrass - 773/755-5132)
Peoria Park District/Peoria Zoo - $350,000
Australian Walk-About – These grant funds will be used for the construction of a new Australian walk-about and aviary. (Contact Person: Yvonne Strode - 309/686-3365)
Pilcher Nature Center/Joliet - $600,000
Nature Center Renovation – This project will allow for the renovation of the log cabin nature center and make other necessary repairs to the roof. (Contact Person: Debbie Greene - 815/207-6395)
Quad City Botanical Center/Rock Island - $250,000
Interactive Children’s Garden – This project is for the construction of the Mississippi River exhibit within the newly planned interactive Children’s Garden. (Contact Person: Ami Jenkens - 309/794-0991x23)
Raupp Museum/Buffalo Grove - $46,600
Exterior Façade Upgrade – This project includes the resurfacing of the original portion of the Raupp Museum allowing for improvement of building climate control and other energy issues. (Contact Person: Deborah Fandrei – 847/459-2318)
Rockford Art Museum/Rockford - $150,000
Museum Lighting Upgrade – This project is for the upgrading of the existing lighting systems to provide safe, energy-efficient, quality lighting that will enhance the museum’s permanent collection as well as featured exhibitions and education programs. (Contact Person: Linda Dennis - 815/972-2878)
Sand Ridge Nature Center/Chicago - $375,000
Exhibit Restoration and Construction – This project will allow for the restoration of one prairie log cabin as well as the construction of a new replicated masonry forge. (Contact Person: James Carpenter - 708/868-0606)
Scovill Zoo/Decatur – $250,000
ADA Accessibility – These grant funds will be used for the construction of a new ADA accessible concession stand, restrooms and hand washing stations. (Contact Person: David Webster - 217/421-7435)
Shedd Aquarium/Chicago - $800,000
Chiller Replacement – This project will allow for the replacement of two high energy efficient chillers as well as a new cooling tower to provide more efficient cooling for human comfort as well as to maintain animal-exhibit and holding-system temperature. (Contact Person: Madelyn Thompson - 312/692-3152)
Spring Valley Nature Center/Schaumburg - $150,000
Nature Center Exhibit Gallery – This project is the first phase of new natural history exhibits within the Natural Center to include The Oak Tree and Backyard Habitats. (Contact Person: David Brooks - 847/985-2100)
Stephenson County Historic Society/Freeport - $70,000
Renovation of School House – This project involves the complete renovation of an early 20th century one-room school house by preserving and stabilizing the building and making it usable year round as an education venue. (Contact Person: Edward Finch - 815/232-8419)
Tinker Swiss Cottage/Rockford - $400,000 Building Acquisition and Cleanup – This project involves the purchase of the Nelson Knitting Company building and basic cleanup of the site and building. (Contact Person: Beverly Broyles - 815/964-2424)
Virginia Theater/Champaign - $500,000
Historic Auditorium Restoration – This project will include the replacement of auditorium seating to include ADA compliance as well as paint and plaster restoration. (Contact Person: Bobbie Herakovich - 217/819-3819)
Wagner Farm/Glenview - $138,500
ADA Improvements and Barnyard Reproductions – This project will improve visitor access as well as develop additional barnyard exhibits for interpretative and education purposes. (Contact Person: Todd Price - 847/998-5490)
Walter Heller Nature Center/Highland Park - $200,000
Lake Michigan Interpretative Center – This project involves the addition of a lakefront education and interpretive room to the planned Lakefront Pavilion at Rosewood Park on Lake Michigan. (Contact Person: Steve Meyer - 847/579-4090)
Washington Park Botanical Garden/Springfield - $300,000
Bioswale/Parking Lot System – This project will allow for the reworking of the main parking area and the construction of a Bioswale system to include interpretative signs to explain the system. (Contact Person: Chad Scaife - 217/753-6228)
Wheaton Park District’s Cosley Zoo - $300,000
Animal Care and Conservation Center – This project involves the construction of a new American Zoological Society recommended Animal Care and Conservation Center. (Contact Person: Rob Sperl - 630/510-4975)

FY2004 Museum Capital Grant Awards

Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $435,000
Universe Theater Renovation - The project involves major renovation of the planetarium's Universe Theater including design, construction, and finishing components. (Contact Person: Margaret Marek, 312-322-0599)
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $579,000
Capital Expansion: Renzo Piano Building - Grant funds will be used towards costs associated with construction documents for the new four-level glass, steel and limestone building overlooking Millenium Park. (Contact Person: Karin Victoria, 312-443-4784)
Bird Haven Greenhouse - Joliet - $448,000
Greenhouse Rehabilitation Final Phase - This project consists of improving the air circulation, wheelchair accessibility, security, and plant protection during winter power outages as well as measures to enhance the visitor experience. (Contact Person: Debbie Greene, 815-741-7277)
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $579,000
Electrical Infrastructure Improvements - This project involves the installation of a gas generator which will provide additional power capacity required by the zoo and additional chilled water capacity to the Seven Seas pinniped facility, the venue for the zoo's dolphin presentations. (Contact Person: Nancy Watson, 708-485-0263 x696)
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $85,000
Environmental Learning Center Construction - This project involves the renovation of the upper floor of the Burpee Boat House into a new environmental classroom and community meeting center. (Contact Person: Lew Crampton, 815-965-3433)
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $579,000
The Esplanade - Grant funding will assist with construction costs associated with the infrastructure and hardscape for several gardens that will be part of the Esplanade, giving visitors their first impression of the Botanic Garden. (Contact Person: William Brown, 847-835-8355)
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $350,000
"El" Car Stabilization - Grant funds will be used toward steel beam reinforcement and architectural preparation to place Chicago's first "El" Car on exhibit. (Contact Person: Robert Nauert, 312-799-2220)
Children's Discovery Museum - Normal - $175,000
Discover this .. Phase 4 - Grant funding will be used toward the completion of the AgVenture gallery in the new museum. (Contact Person: Shari Buckellew, 309-433-3444)
Collinsville Historical Museum - Collinsville - $488,200
New Museum Building - This project involves the construction of a new two-story structure with 4,800 square feet of public and museum use space. (Contact Person: Floyd Sperino, 618-344-1112)
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $122,000
Exhibits Capital Improvement Program - This project involves the development and fabrication of an all new 1,500 square foot exhibit space known as "Tot Spot" geared toward pre-school children and their caregivers. (Contact Person: Sarah Wolf, 815-963-6769)
Early American Museum - Mahomet - $186,400
Museum Improvement Project - This project includes major renovation to the Museum Annex Building, which will provide educational material storage, an exhibit construction area, and community meeting space. (Contact Person: Cheryl Kennedy, 217-586-2612)
Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area Historic District - Deerfield - $80,000
Interior Renovation Planning - This project involves the planning phase for interior renovation work to the historic Brushwood Home to produce a facility that better reflects its historic use. (Contact Person: Nan Buckardt, 847-968-3330)
Field Museum (of Natural History) - Chicago - $579,000
Development and Renovation of the "Halls of Life Over Time"and the Northeast Lightwell, Phase I - Grant funding will be used for new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems associated with development and renovation to provide additional exhibition, collections care, and research space. (Contact Person: Deborah Bekken, 312-665-7807)
Garfield Park Conservatory - Chicago - $390,000
Sweet House Restoration and Exhibit Installation - Grant funding will be used toward the construction of the re-designed Sweet House in Garfield Park, including significant upgrades to its mechanical and electrical systems. (Contact Person: Kristen Ciokajlo, 773-638-1766 x 22)
Glen Oak Zoo - Peoria - $207,500
Capital Expansion- Phase II - Grant funding will support construction elements in the zoo's African exhibit treetop classroom, boardwalk, and interpretive center. (Contact Person: Rebecca Swiger, 309-686-3386)
Isle a la Cache Museum - Romeoville - $120,000
Exhibition Construction - This project involves the re-design and construction of new exhibits and lifesize dioramas emphasizing contemporary Native American culture. (Contact Person: Jim Nachel, 815-722-5892)
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $43,000
The "William & Meriwether" Potting Shed and Exploration Exhibit - This project involves the construction of a potting shed, as an extension of the demonstration gardens, at the entrance of the arboretum's youth program gardening area. (Contact Person: Steve Courtney, 815-965-8146)
Kohl Children's Museum - Glenview - $200,000
Construction Phase for New Building - The grant will help fund construction costs associated with a new, larger museum to be located in Glenview. (Contact Person: Shana Hayes, 847-512-1335)
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $400,000
New Museum Development/Construction - Phase II - Grant funds will help cover costs associated with demolition of the building currently on the site where the new museum facility is to be built. (Contact Person: Kate Schureman, 309-686-7000 x111)
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $579,000
Pritzker Family Children's Zoo - Grant funds will be used for costs associated with the total replacement of the old Children's Zoo with a new state-of-the art facility. (Contact Person: Troy Baresel, 312-742-2167)
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $355,000
Facility Improvements - This project involves infrastructure improvements to the museum's Courtyard Gallery. (Contact Person: Elena Gonzales, 312-738-1503 x165)
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford - $154,200
Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage - This projects involves the restoration and rehabilitation of a 1905 barn including changes to the second floor to meet load requirements, the addition of utilities, and changes necessary to address public accessibility and safety issues for this new Education Center. (Contact Person: David Byrnes, 815-397-9112 x 103)
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $579,000
The New U-505 Experience, Phase III; West Pavilion HVAC; Stairwell Access and Security Improvements - Grant funding will assist with stairwell access and security improvements; HVAC replacement and improvements; and the final stages in the completion of the museum's U-505 submarine exhibit. (Contact Person: Marva Anderson, 773-947-3732)
Niabi Zoo - Coal Valley - $429,000
Asian Exhibit Development - This project involves the construction of the Gibbon Exhibit portion of the new Asian Exhibit at the zoo. (Contact Person: Thomas Stalf, 309-799-5108)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $150,000
New Auditorium - This project includes restoration of the auditorium to better serve student and teacher constituencies. (Contact Person: Kim Swinton, 773-755-5140)
Prairie Grass Nature Museum - Round Lake - $59,000
Wetland Walk - This project involves the construction and fabrication of a permanent interior wetland exhibit within the existing nature museum. (Contact Person: Peggy Dohr, 847-546-8558)
Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $579,000
Exhibit Galleries Renovation, Education Center Renovation, and Infrastructure Improvements - This project includes the renovation of several exhibit galleries, the Shedd Education Center, and infrastructure improvements to provide more energy efficient systems. (Contact Person: Madelyn Thompson, 312-692-3152)
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford - $67,525
Visitor Center Entrance and Site Work - This project involves site work including accessibility improvments around the Tinker Barn in order to finalize the newly constructed visitor center. (Contact Person: Laura Bachelder, 815-964-2424)

FY2003 Museum Capital Grant Awards

Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $1,055,000
Revolution in the Sky Exhibit - This project involves the design and fabrication of the exhibit. (Contact: Margaret Marek, 312-322-0599)
Anita Purves Nature Center - Urbana - $250,000
Busey Woods Strategic Plan - Phase I - This project involves the site preparation, excavation, and grading for the installation of a boardwalk. Contact: Ellen Kirsanoff, 217-367-1536)
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $2,900,000
Capital Expansion Project - The project includes the design/development phase and construction documents for the museum's new addition. (Contact: Karin Victoria, 312-443-3519)
Bird Haven Greenhouse - Joliet - $350,000
Historic Greenhouse Renovation Phase II - This project involves the rehabilitation of one of the conservatory's three greenhouses. (Contact: Kevin Eberhard, 815-741-7275)
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $2,500,000
Immersion Learning Center - This project involves the first of two phases of construction of a new facility. (Contact: Nancy Watson, 708-485-0263
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $900,000
The Story of Jane Exhibit - This project is to erect an exhibit of a recently discovered dinosaur. (Contact: Lew Crampton, 815-965-3433)
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $2,900,000
Capital Improvements: Providing a Quality Visitor Experience - This project involves the construction of a one-mile long series of earthen berms, garden wall, and associated landscaping to mitigate traffic noise from nearby highways. (Contact: Barbara Whitney-Carr, 847-835-8225)
Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago - $750,000
Museum Renovation - Phase I - The project involves major renovation and construction of exhibits and public spaces. (Contact: Stacia Whitmore, 312-464-7717)
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $700,000
Chicago History Exhibition - This project is a new permanent exhibition on Chicago history. (Contact: Robert Nauert, 312-799-2220)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Chicago - $425,000
Restoration and Space Modifications in the Symphony Center - The project includes exterior building repairs to the façade of Orchestra Hall, first floor renovations, and addition of a main door. (Contact: Claudia Divis, 312-294-3121)
Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois - Bloomington - $400,000
Exhibit Components - Phase III of the New Museum Building - This phase of the project encompasses the design, fabrication and build out costs related to the cornerstone exhibits in each gallery. (Contact: Shari Buckellew, 309-829-6222)
Des Plaines Historical Museum - Des Plaines - $16,500
HVAC System - The project is for the installation of a new climate control system for the museum building. (Contact: Joy Matthiessen, 847-391-5399)
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $200,000
Exhibits Capital Improvement Program - This project is to refurbish gallery space and to install a major new exhibit. (Contact: Sarah Wolf, 815-963-6769)
DuPage Children's Museum - Naperville - $500,000
Exhibit Components of the New Museum Building - This project is for the final exhibit buildout in the existing building. (Contact: Susan Broad, 630-637-8000 DuSable Museum of African American History - Chicago -$150,000
Exhibit Upgrades - The project includes revising and upgrading several current permanent exhibitions. (Contact: Antoinette Wright, 773-947-0600 x249)
Ellwood House Museum - DeKalb - $100,000
Interior Restoration - Phase II - This project includes the restoration of the major rooms on the first and second floor of the mansion. (Contact: Gerald Brauer, 815-756-4609)
Exploration Station - Bourbonnais - $50,000
Water/Air/Sound/Bubbles Exhibit - This project involves the expansion of the exhibit. (Contact: Christine Stutz, 815-935-5665)
Field Museum (of Natural History) - Chicago - $3,500,000
Collections Resource Center - Phase I - This project includes the first phase of design and construction of a Collections Resource Center. (Contact: Deborah Bekken, 312-665-7807)
Galena History Museum - Galena - $64,900
Old Blacksmith Shop Renovation - The project is for structural renovations and a climate control system for the museum's blacksmith shop.(Contact: Daryl Watson, 815-777-9129)
Garfield Park Conservatory - Chicago - $500,000
Palm House Roof Restoration - This project includes designing and building the new roof and its corresponding system. (Contact: Andrea Adams, 312-742-4332)
Glen Oak Zoo - Peoria - $500,000
Capital Expansion Phase I-A - This project includes a portion of the architectural and engineering design fees for the zoo expansion. (Contact: Janice Schweitzer, 309-686-3365 x204)
The Grove - Glenview - $312,000
Archives and Classrooms Expansion - The project involves realignment of the program and visitation areas and construction of an Archive Education Center. (Contact: Steve Swanson, 847-299-6096)
Health World (of Barrington) - Barrington - $200,000
"US N STUFF" Exhibits Expansion - This project involves the permanent installation of exhibits in the "US N STUFF" exhibition area. (Contact: Kim Zylke, 847-842-0097)
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center - Olympia Fields - $200,000
Discovery Center Construction - This project includes the conversion of the current "Stable" multi-purpose facility into a natural history Discovery Center. (Contact: Dave Guritz, 708-481-2330)
Itasca Depot Museum - Itasca - $5,200
Climate Control for Storage Spaces - This project includes the installation of a new climate control system. (Contact: Joan Stinton, 630-773-2257)
Kendall County Natural History Center - Yorkville - $31,000
Prairie Learning Stations - The project includes the installation of an exhibit depicting the importance of Illinois prairies. (Contact: Danielle Ebersole, 630-553-4111)
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $205,000
Education Facilities Expansion - The project includes the addition of a classroom and a greenhouse in the Education Building. (Contact: Steve Courtney, 815-965-8146)
Lake County Discovery Museum - Wauconda - $250,000
Bonner Heritage Farm - Permanent Exhibits - This project includes the design and installation of the permanent exhibits for the Bonner Farm restoration.Contact: Joyce Lingenfelter, 847-968-3422)
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $1,300,000
New Museum Development/Construction - Phase I - This phase of the project includes developing plans and schematics for the new museum building. (Contact: Kate Schureman, 309-686-7000 x111)
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center - Springfield - $75,000
Exhibits Renovation and Construction - This project will include renovation, replacement, and construction of new exhibits in the Nature Center. (Contact: Jim Matheis, 217-529-1111)
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $2,900,000
Regenstein Center for African Apes - This project includes design and construction elements of a new exhibition area for African apes. (Contact: Troy Baresel, 312-742-2095)
Lombard Historical Museum - Lombard - $6,000
Facility Improvements - This project includes infrastructure improvements for the museum and the Carriage House. (Contact: Joel Van Haaften, 630-629-1885)
Madison County Historical Museum - Godfrey - $200,000
Museum Restoration - This project includes infrastructure improvements for the restoration of the main museum facility, the Weir House. (Contact: Suzanne Dietrich, 618-656-7562)
McLean County Historical Museum - Bloomington - $500,000
Dome Restoration and Renovations -
This project involves the restoration of the dome and roof of the museum located at the old McLean County Courthouse. (Contact: Greg Koos, 309-827-0428)
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $525,000
Facility Improvements - This project includes facility and exhibit renovations. (Contact: Edward Herrerias, 312-738-1503 x147)
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford - $250,000
Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage - Historic Barn Restoration - This project includes the restoration of a ca.1850 barn to serve as an historical exhibit. (Contact: David Byrnes, 815-397-9112 x 103)
Miller Park Zoo - Bloomington - $290,000
Tropical American Rain Forest - Phase II - This project includes the design and construction of the interior features of the exhibit. (Contact: John Tobias, 309-434-2825)
Morton Arboretum - Lisle - $1,000,000
Visitor Center - This project includes the first phase of design and construction of a new Visitor Center. (Contact: Joan Sunseri, 630-719-2449)
Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago - $520,000
Museum Satellite Facility - This renovation project includes infrastructure improvements to the museum's recently acquired satellite facility at 1747 West Hubbard Street. (Contact: Greg Cameron, 312-397-3801)
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $3,500,000
Restoration and Relocation of U-505 Submarine - The project involves the design and construction of a new underground, temperature controlled enclosure to house the submarine. (Contact: Marva Anderson, 773-684-9844 x 3707)
Noyes Cultural Arts Center - Evanston - $20,000
Gallery Renovation - This project involves expansion and renovation of the second floor gallery. (Contact: Jessica Bullock, 847-448-8067)
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum - Rantoul - $250,000
Structural Repairs and Collection Space Renovation - This project includes renovations to the current climate control to mprove the museum's library, archival storage, and display areas. (Contact: James Snyder, 217-893-1616)
Peck Farm Park - Geneva - $100,000
Natural Classrooms Exhibits - This project includes the construction of a butterfly house and an interpretive/sensory garden area. (Contact: Michael Kirschman, 630-262-8244)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $600,000
"The Greening of the Nature Museum: Inside and Out" - This project includes the development and installation of a new permanent exhibit on Midwestern wetlands.(Contact: Kim Swinton, 773-755-5140)
Quincy Art Center - Quincy - $225,000
Building & Grounds Visitor Welcoming Improvements Program - This is the second phase of a major capital project to improve visitor safety and accessibility. (Contact: Julie Nelson, 217-223-5900)
Raupp Memorial Museum - Buffalo Grove - $250,700
Spirit in the Land/Buffalo Grove Then and Now Exhibit- This project includes the construction and installation of new permanent exhibits for the new gallery. (Contact: Deborah Fandrei, 847-850-2144)
Red Oak Nature Center - Aurora - $38,500
Watchable Wildlife on the Fox River - Interpretive Deck - This project involves the construction of a new interpretive deck overlooking the Fox River.
(Contact: James Kenney, 630-897-1808)
SciTech - Aurora - $275,000
New Exhibits and Building Renovations - Phase IV - This project includes the design and development of permanent science exhibitions in the Center of Excellence area. (Contact: Jo Grau, 630-859-3434
Scovill Zoo - Decatur - $55,000
Education Facility Renovation - This project includes interior and exterior renovations to an existing structure for additional classroom space. (Contact: Mike Borders, 217-421-7435)
Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $2,655,200
Capital Improvements for the new South Wing Opening - This project includes infrastructure repairs and site work to prepare for the installation of the new exhibit on the coral reefs of the Philippines. (Contact: Janine Perron, 312-692-3152)
Smith Museum of Stained Glass - Chicago - $100,000
Museum Expansion - This phase of the project includes the installation of a Tiffany gallery and several new windows. (Contact: Edward Byron Smith, 847-320-2260)
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary - Schaumburg - $150,000
Heritage Farm Visitor Center Expansion/Renovation - This project includes renovation of the public spaces, programming and exhibit areas, and administrative offices.(Contact: David Brooks, 847-985-2100)
Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center - St. Charles - $125,000
Buffalo Prairie Exhibit - This project includes the design and fabrication of the new prairie/savanna diorama. (Contact: Valerie DePrez, 847-741-9924)
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford - $100,000
Visitor Center Improvements - This project includes construction to complete the third floor to provide climate controlled collections storage, volunteer work space, and an exhibit construction area. (Contact: Laura Bachelder, 815-964-2424)
Walter E Heller Nature Center - Highland Park - $50,000
Infrastructure Improvements - This project includes infrastructure and climate control improvements for the current interpretive center facility. (Contact: Steve Meyer, 847-433-6901)
Worth Park District Historical Museum - Worth - $25,000
Museum Relocation Project - This project includes renovation of existing space to provide an expanded exhibit area, additional research area, and an administrative office. (Contact: Christine Brooks, 708-448-7080)

FY2002 Museum Capital Grant Awards

The Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $690,000
Exhibits, Energy Conservation, and Capital Improvements - Grant funds will assist with the installation of a new exhibit and upgrading an existing exhibit with ten new components. The project also includes the design and installation of a standby generator, exterior remote electrical service, and several energy efficient measures. (Contact Person: Margaret Marek, 312-322-0599)
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $820,000
NorthEast Quadrant Building - The project will assist in construction of the new building, which will include collections' display space, gallery space, educational programming space, a new bus entrance, and a Teacher Resource Center. (Contact Person: Patricia Woodworth, 312-443-3511)
Bird Haven Greenhouse - Joliet - $280,000
Historic Greenhouse Rehabilitation - Phase I - Grant funds will assist in the restoration of three greenhouses within this historically significant conservatory, designed by the renowned architectural firm of Lord and Burnham. Upon completion, additional classes will be planned and a children's garden will offer neighborhood youth opportunities to plant and harvest. (Contact Person: Ted Brodeur, 815-741-7275, ext. 131)
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $820,000
Wolf Woods - The project involves the development of exhibit space for the Mexican gray wolf, in keeping with the zoo's commitment to furthering conservation through the breeding and management of endangered species. Public spaces at Wolf Woods will include a peaceful, natural setting, permitting access for visitors with disabilities, a multi-sensory learning component, and an all-season heated cabin for viewing of wolves year-around. (Contact Person: Nancy Watson, 708-485-0263, ext. 696)
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $20,000
New Exhibits and Facilities Design - The project includes the design and construction of a Butterfly House exhibit, a water lab and dock, and a boathouse exhibit. The projects will allow the museum to provide educational services and program enrichment for students, teachers, scientists, and the public throughout Illinois. (Contact Person: Lou Crampton, 815-965-3433)
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $820,000
Lakeside and Water Gardens of the Great Basin - The gardens are part of the overall development of the 7.5-acre lake located south of the garden's Main Island. Grant funds will support project design work and the extensive earthwork required to create the gardens and reshape the lake bed of the Great Basin. (Contact Person: Barbara Whitney-Carr, 847-835-8225)
Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago - $92,000
Play It Safe Exhibit-Phase II - The project involves construction of this interactive exhibit, designed to suggest the appearance of a home and its immediate environs. Two tiers of exhibit content with strategies for children and separate information for caregivers will be incorporated into this new museum program. (Contact Person: Stacia Whitmore, 312-464-7717)
Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago - $350,000
Domes Restoration-Phase I - The project provides for extensive restoration of two historically significant domes, the Grand Army of the Republic Dome and the Preston Bradley Hall Dome. The domes are a focal point of a variety of educational activities at the center. (Contact Person: Heather Treadway, 312-744-8944)
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $546,000
Eschackagou Exhibit (1670 through 1820s) - Grant funds will assist with the design and construction of "Eschackagou," a component of the new Chicago History Exhibition. This overall exhibition is being designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences including families, adults, school groups, local visitors, and tourists. It will feature state-of-the-art technology including educational and audio-visual interactives. (Contact Person: Robert Nauert, 312-799-2220)
Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois - Bloomington - $243,000
"Discover this" Phase II - New Museum Construction - The "Discover this" project is a public/private partnership between the Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois and the Town of Normal to build a new museum that is to be the cornerstone of a comphensive renewal initiative for downtown Normal. This component of the project includes the building construction stage. (Contact Person: Shari Buckellew, 309-829-6222)
Children's Museum of Illinois - Decatur - $9,500 Building and Grounds Renovation and New Exhibit - The project includes the addition of a new pin screen exhibit and renovation of an exterior exhibit. The project will also include exterior renovations such as repair of exterior doors, roofing replacement over the entryway, landscaping in the nature area, and resurfacing of the parking lot. (Contact Person: Melinda Shaw, 217-423-9179)
Dillon Home Museum - Sterling - $42,000
Historic Train Restoration - This project involves the renovation of an historic 1929 Baldwin steam locomotive, coal car, and caboose. Grant funding will ensure that this valuable piece of history, located on the museum grounds, will be available for present and future generations to view and learn about its direct connection to the community's past. (Contact Person: Doug Jacobs, 815-622-6200)
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $70,000
Exhibits Improvement Program - Projects include refurbishing exhibits and signs in the Simple Machines Exhibit Gallery; creating new exhibits and refurbishing exhibits in the Outdoor Science Park; and, renovations to the science classrooms at the museum. (Contact Person: Sarah Wolf, 815-963-6769)
DuSable Museum of African American History - Chicago - $183,000
Museum Building and Exhibit Renovations - Phase II - The funding will support renovation projects at the current museum facility and exhibits which will improve the museum's ability to serve schools, teachers, members and visitors and enhance the work environment for staff. Exhibit upgrades will enable the museum to show many more of their collections and attract more diverse audiences. (Contact Person: Michelle Bibbs, 773-947-0600, ext. 273)
Elgin Public Museum - Elgin - $2,400
New Exhibit Panels - This project involves acquiring movable wall panels, which will allow the museum to secure traveling exhibits, which cannot otherwise be accomodated, and to efficiently divide areas to host more educational programs. (Contact Person: Peggie Stromberg, 847-741-6655)
Ellwood House Museum - DeKalb - $30,000
Ellwood Mansion Interior Restoration - Grant funds will assist in the restoration of the museum's foyer, main hall and three-story rotunda, and restoration of the arts and crafts sunroom. Completion of these projects will enhance interpretation opportunities of the historic site, which serves more than 50 DeKalb County elementary classes with free tours and a variety of special programs. (Contact Person: Gerald Brauer, 815-756-4609)
Elmhurst Art Museum - Elmhurst - $25,500
Education Center Renovation - This project includes repair and renovation, security improvements, lighting, signs, floor and entry pavement, storage space, and the addition of an accessible restroom. These enhancements will result in a self-contained education center, which will enable the museum to increase services and improve the quality of existing services, while assuring public safety. (Contact Person: D. Neil Bremer, 630-834-0202)
Evanston Ecology Center - Evanston - $97,200
Ecology Center Renovation - Phase II - Grant funding will assist with phase II of this project which includes: construction of an 1,800 square foot educational program classroom; construction of a new energy-efficient entrance/vestibule; and creation of an exhibit corridor with a courtyard viewing area. (Contact Person: Jessica Bullock, 847-448-8067)
Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago - $820,000
Central Plant Renovation - Phase III - This phase will focus on new technology for providing cooling and humidity control including the installation of new equipment and conversion of currently unused space. These infrastructure improvements are crucial for meeting the museum's goal of expanding educational programming to serve diverse audiences. (Contact Person: Deborah Bakken, 312-665-7807)
Itasca Depot Museum - Itasca - $4,125
Exterior Renovation - Grant funds will assist with renovating an historic railroad depot to restore its attractiveness, as well as protect the collections from significant temperature variations and insect infestation. (Contact Person: Joan Stinton, 630-773-2257)
Jarrett Prairie Center - Byron - $28,000
Prairie View Room Expansion - The funding will assist with the addition of needed space to the Prairieview Room, which is the facility's main teaching classroom and special event room. (Contact Person: Richie Wolf, 815-234-8535)
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $29,900
Children's Garden - Phase II - This phase of the project will include constructing an overlook and a patio area that will provide shade and cover from the weather for interpretive and orientation programs. Improvements to the surrounding landscape will also be made to recreate a natural setting for botanical science education. (Contact Person: Laura Wyatt, 815-965-8146)
Lake County Discovery Museum - Wauconda - $145,000
Bonner Heritage Farm - Phase II - The farm consists of two houses, a main barn, and seven out-buildings representing more than 100 years of farming in one family. Grant funds will assist with design and architectural planning, relocation of the houses, construction and installation of exhibits, and site development including roads, walkways, landscaping and parking. (Contact Person: Joyce Lingenfelter, 847-968-3422)
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $27,800
Facility Improvements - Grant funds will assist with improvements to the climate control systems, lighting, sound system, and security system to help meet the American Association of Museum's accreditation standards. The improvements will allow the museum to serve more diverse audiences. (Contact Person: Kate Schureman, 309-686-7000, ext. 111)
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $820,000
Regenstein African Journey - Phase III of this project includes the development of exhibits and installation of life support systems for the animals. The exhibits, consisting of both natural and fabricated elements, will duplicate the animals' habitats in various ecosystems in Africa including rain forests, dry forests, and savannas. (Contact Person: Troy Baresel, 312-742-2095)
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art - Elmhurst - $62,000
Permanent Display Cases Improvements - Grant funds will assist with the purchase of new exhibit cases with fiber optic lighting and the retrofitting of existing cases with fiber optic lighting. These cases will allow for creating and developing new exhibits. The upgrade to fiber optic will allow for the enhanced views of color in each exhibited piece and eliminate heat build up in the display cases. (Contact Person: John Lizzadro, 630-833-1616)
Lombard Historical Museum - Lombard - $6,000
Garden House and Boardwalk Renovation - This project includes interior and exterior museum building repairs; improving and extending the boardwalk to the museum's Carriage House; and renovating the Plum Garden House to create new gift shop space. The renovations will improve attendance by allowing better access and creating additional space in the Carriage House to be used for special exhibits. (Contact Person: Joel Van Haaften, 630-629-1885)
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $340,000
Building Expansion - Phase IV - Grant funds will assist with completion of a permanent collection annex and art studio/classroom; a new and enlarged gift shop; renovation of the current performing arts space; and building a National Memorial Plaza honoring U.S. Mexican American Veterans. (Contact Person: Aide Rodriguez, 312-738-1503, ext. 116)
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford - $26,000
Furniture Factory Exhibit Design - The project includes the design and development of the Furniture Factory Exhibit Building, which will illustrate the history of furniture making in Rockford. The museum hopes to attract a new audience of cultural tourism visitors and continue to serve more than 80 area schools and a diverse audience of community groups. (Contact Person: David Byrnes, 815-397-9112, ext. 103)
Miller Park Zoo - Bloomington - $240,000
Tropical American Rain Forest Exhibit-Phase I - The new rain forest exhibit building will consist of animal exhibits, service area, and commons area. The exhibit will present a collection of animals from Central and South America, plants representing the American tropics, and displays reflecting cultural aspects of the region. (Contact Person: John Tobias, 309-434-2825)
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $820,000
U-505 Exhibits/The Farm Exhibits/Security Master Plan/Central Pavilion Ventilation - Grant funds will be used to assist with several projects including the U-505 Submarine Exhibit fabrication; The Farm Exhibit space preparation and exhibit fabrication; facility security system, phase II; and installation of new climate controls. (Contact Person: Shannon Alexander, 773-947-6007)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $335,000
Environmental Central Exhibit - The project includes design and fabrication of the exhibit which offers visitors the opportunity to explore a real environmental situation through a dynamic visual database. This exhibit has been developed to support Illinois' goals for science learning. (Contact Person: Tracy Shepherd, 773-549-0606, ext. 2058)
Rock Springs Visitor Center - Decatur - $10,500
Bluestem Theatre Exhibit - Grant funds will assist with the development of the theatre, a permanent fixture in the new formal exhibit hall that will set the tone of the visitors' experience. The theatre will provide orientation of the new hall while helping visitors understand that the Center is constantly providing diverse programs in an environmental setting that is always changing. (Contact Person: Jeffrey Tish, 217-423-7708)
SciTech - Aurora - $100,000
Building Renovation and Outdoor Science Park, Phase III - This phase of the project includes interior renovations such as lighting and electrical upgrades, signs and graphics, acoustic treatment, and the addition of an elevator. Grant funds will also assist with landscaping and the installation of bricks to the surface of the outdoor science park. (Contact Person: Jo Grau, 630-859-3434, ext. 210)
Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $820,000
Ocean Kingdoms - Phase II - This exhibit is designed to create an "immersion" experience that realistically presents the sights and sounds of the Philippines. Grant funds will assist with the design and fabrication of the various rocks, purchase of the concrete being shaped to form the exhibit spaces, and a vast array of mechanical interactive devices. (Contact Person: Janine Perron, 312-692-3152)
Smith Museum of Stained Glass - Chicago - $125,000
Museum Development - Phase III - Grant funds will assist with several components of the project including the installation of signs and formal entrances to make the museum more identifiable to visitors; carpeting, which will enhance the museum experience by quieting the galleries; and educational kiosks, which will allow visitors to view information on all windows. (Contact Person: Edward Byron Smith, 847-320-2260)
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary - Schaumburg - $24,000
1880's Spring House Reconstruction - The project will help recreate a functional and authentic late 19th century spring house. A key component to this site's original 19th century dairy farm operation was the use of the artesian spring water to cool milk and other dairy products in preparation for shipment. Many student and family groups will benefit from the project by the addition of this new component to educational programming that will enable the site to offer larger classes. (Co
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