Buy Your Raffle Tickets!

Mount Prospect Historical Society raffles tickets to two different Columbian Exposition-related Chicago tours and a Cooper’s Hawk wine tasting for four


If you have been intending to travel downtown to see the Chicago Field Museum’s current “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” exhibit or to take the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s well-reviewed tour based on the “Devil in the White City” Erik Larson novel or if you enjoy tasting wine, you will want to purchase a ticket for the Mount Prospect Historical Society raffle being held in conjunction with its “An Evening at Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition” dinner on April 5.

The winner need not be present to win, so even if you can’t attend the dinner, you could win free admission to one of these tours or a wine tasting for four at any Cooper’s Hawk restaurant.  A pair of souvenir “Opening the Vaults” exhibit coffee mugs are also included in the first place prize.

Raffle tickets are available for $10 each or six for $50 through PayPal at this link or at the museum, 101 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect.  They will also be available at the April 5 “An Evening at Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition” event.

If you are interested in attending the dinner, tickets are now on sale for the Society’s third annual “History in the Headlines” fundraiser at Rob Roy Golf Course clubhouse, 505 E. Camp McDonald Rd., Prospect Heights.

This year, the Society will re-imagine both a fancy pavilion-style dinner and a down-to-earth meal on the Midway during the legendary World’s Fair held 120 years ago. As in last year’s “Dinner at the Lincoln White House” and the 2012 “An Evening Aboard the H.M.S. Titanic” event, patrons are encouraged to attend in period dress, and will again have the choice of two ticket options:

The $25 “Midway Meal” menu includes a fun buffet of Vienna Beef hot dogs with all the trimmings (which were actually introduced at the Fair), along with other treats offered there like macaroni and cheese, vegetable soup and sweet pickle cucumber salad, catered by Rob Roy’s 10th Hole Bar and Grill of Prospect Heights.

The $75 “Pavilion Dining” menu, personally prepared by Chef Dave Esau of Dave’s Specialty Foods, includes crab bisque soup and turkey croquettes, along with other historically-appropriate dishes.  All recipes will be inspired and prepared in accordance with meals served in the Columbian Exposition’s exclusive dining Pavilions.

Partygoers will be greeted by World’s Fair architect Daniel Burnham, Alexander Graham Bell and other titans of the time. After the meal, Burnham, portrayed by Robert Lindsey, will tell the fascinating story of the building of the Exposition, from the first shovelful of earth to the world’s largest enclosed building.  Patrons will also be able to test their knowledge of the Columbian Exposition with a trivia contest featuring exciting prizes. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with a cash bar.

Dinner tickets are limited and may be reserved individually or in tables of ten. For more information,  call the museum at 847-392-9006, Tuesday through Friday during office hours. Click here to purchase your tickets through paypal.

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