Our signature fundraising event

The Columbian Ball

Thank you!

On behalf of our 2020 Columbian Ball Co-Chairs—Jeffrey & Stephanie Applebaum, Laura & Tony Davis, Virginia Simmons & Mark Stainton, and Peng Zhao & Cherry Chenwe’d like to thank the Museum’s Columbian Ball sponsors, donors and ticket purchasers for helping to raise over $1.2 million for MSI’s exhibits and science education programs.  

If you haven’t donated yet in support of the Museum of Science and Industry and the Columbian Ball, there’s still time to do so. Your contribution goes directly to our education programs and initiatives. We are welcoming young people to science every day. Your support of the Columbian Ball makes that possible.

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The Event

A virtual celebration of Chicago’s inventive genius
40th Annual Columbian Ball
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.


Jeffrey & Stephanie Applebaum
Laura & Tony Davis
Virginia Simmons & Mark Stainton
Peng Zhao & Cherry Chen


Demetrius Ivory 

Special Guest

Bill Kurtis

Performances by

DJ Nick “Nonstop” Nicholson
Katie Kadan
Hiplet Ballerinas
Harold Green
Eighth Blackbird 

For more information

Please contact columbianball@msichicago.org or (773) 947-6146.

The 40th Annual Columbian Ball

Saturday, October 10, 2020
at 7 p.m.