Museum of Science and Industry


The Columbian Ball

Join us for our signature fundraising event.


Donate to Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago at https://publicgood.com/org/museum-of-science-and-industry/donate/columbian-ball

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sponsorship opportunities


  • Ferris Wheel - $7,500
  • Includes one table of 10, listing in program book and name recognition on a plaque located in the Museum’s Leffmann Donor Hall for one year.

  • Canal of Venice - $10,000
  • All Ferris Wheel benefits plus—Preferred table placement.

  • Wooded Isle - $15,000
  • All Canal of Venice benefits plus—Name and/or logo recognition during multimedia presentation and premier table placement.

  • Midway Plaisance - $25,000
  • All Wooded Isle benefits plus—Name and/or logo recognition on building signage for three months following the event, on a half-page advertisement in program book and the Museum’s website, as well as exclusive table placement.

  • Palace of Fine Arts - $50,000
  • All Midway Plaisance benefits plus—Name and/or logo recognition in invitation and full-page advertisement in program book, recognition from the podium during the event and a second table of 10 with exclusive placement for both tables.

  • White City - $125,000
  • All Palace of Fine Arts benefits plus—Premier name and/or logo recognition on all printed materials, press promotion, prominent recognition during multimedia presentation and the opportunity to speak during the event. 

  • Presenting Sponsor - $250,000
  • All White City benefits plus—Option to help with the branding and theming of the Columbian Ball, as well as the opportunity to showcase products at the event.

underwriting opportunities


  • All underwriting opportunities include the following benefits: name and/or logo recognition in the multimedia presentation and program book, as well as exclusive signage.

  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Valet Cafe - $15,000
  • Bid adieu to guests as they wait for their vehicle in a café-like setting, with gourmet coffee and event gift bags. Additional benefits: four tickets and product placement (if appropriate).

  • Cocktail Reception - $50,000
  • Capture the attention of our guests in the cocktail reception area, a luxurious setting on the Museum’s historic front steps. Additional benefits: one table of 10.

  • Dance 'Til it Hz - $50,000
  • Rock our non-stop dance floor flanked by multiple bars and seating areas. Additional benefits: one table of 10, and VIP cocktail area for 30 guests with private bar and unobstructed views of the stage/dance floor.

  • Spotlight Performance - $50,000
  • Sponsor our surprise live musical performance by an iconic musical talent. In years past, we have featured Buddy Guy and the Chicago Children's Choir. Additional benefits: one table of 10 and the opportunity to introduce the performer 

  • ** For information on underwriting opportunities, please contact Christie Hoyt at (773) 947-3117 or christie.hoyt(at)msichicago.org.
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