Sock Monkeys & The Treasures of Halim!
Community Education Travel -
Join CET for a unique tour as we see some of Chicagoland’s more unusual collections! At one of the area’s newest museums, the Halim Time & Glass Museum, a spectacular five-story building in Evanston and the world’s first museum dedicated solely to stained glass and clocks from all over the world. The collection includes more than 1,100 clocks and over 30 painstakingly restored floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows from American and European artists. These windows, some as tall as 25 feet, tell the story of the School of Stained Glass. The Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany trace the creative life of the artist. On display are stained glass paintings that showcase his work. On your tour, guides will help you examine the incredible craftsmanship and designs from an arm’s reach away and show you the European and American Schools' differences in techniques. The stories of how these pieces were acquired and restored are fascinating. Eight rooms are dedicated to clocks and watches, with each room specific to the collection's home country. From a sundial from the first century B.C. to 16th century German mechanical pieces, these timepieces tell the story of time and its role in navigation, trade and culture. See works which were commissioned for Napoleon and Catherine the Great. Lunch is at The Village Tavern in Long Grove, the oldest tavern/restaurant in continuous operation in Illinois! It opened in 1847 as the Zimmer Tavern and Wagon Shop and today is Long Grove’s most famous, serving delicious food. Admire its amazing antiques,including a grandfather clock from the 1893 World's Fair and a mahogany bar rescued from the McCormick Place Fire in 1967. After lunch, we visit the adjacent, “new” Sock Monkey Museum! From its origins in Rockford, IL at the Nelson Knitting Company, these unique red heeled socks became toys during the Great Depression. Here see one of the world's largest vintage Sock Monkey collections. Learn about the socks used to make the monkeys as well as the history of socks through the ages. As a special treat, you will make your own Sock Monkey!