Art Institute's lions will be wreathed Friday

November 23, 2012|Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye

The holidays are officially beginning at the Art Institute of Chicago, which will have its annual wreathing of the lions ceremony on Friday.

The ceremony is, quite literally, bestowing wreaths onto the necks of the immense lion statues that adorn the entrance to the Institute, and is a Chicago tradition, now in its 21st year.

The wreathing will begin at 10 a.m. and features a performance from the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Also making an appearance will be complimentary hot chocolate and the Art Institute's mascot, Artie the Lion. The first 50 people in line to the event will also receive free admission to the museum.

After the ceremony finishes, families will be invited to the Ryan Education Center to create their own wreaths, featuring golden embossed relief sculptures inspired by the Of God and Glamour exhibit on display at the Art Institute.

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