The muggle-run Museum of Science and Industry scored the second most visits of all Chicago museums last year, just behind the Shedd, without the aid of any hocus-pocus. Now that the Hyde Park institution has snagged the premiere of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, a sure-to-be-blockbuster featuring costumes and props from the movie series, we expect even more impressive feats of magic. Harry, if you’re listening, we present our top five requests for 2009.
GO: Harry Potter: The Exhibition. Apr 30–Sep 27. During museum hours (Mon-Sat 9:30-4; Sun 11-4): $19-$26, including general admission; after hours (daily 4-9): $15-$18. 5700 S Lake Shore. msichicago.org
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Photography: (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) © 2007 Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J. K. R.