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Menagerie FundraiserThis once-in-a-lifetime interactive event will transport guests to the abandoned mansion of the infamous Dr. Moreau. Join his anatomically altered humanoid beasts as they host a hybrid circus.

Satyrs, centaurs, and other chimerical creatures will devour hors d'oeuvres by CORK Catering, consume carnival treats, and imbibe wine, beer, and Monkey Gland cocktails by North Shore Distillery.

The evening's ringleaders, a pair of golden rams, will preside over a vaudevillian revue, featuring live band The Scarring Party; DJ Coffin Banger, vaudeville dance by Lily White Sass, Viva La Muerte, and Reggio “The Hoofer”; and sideshow spectacle Sanjula Vamana; and geek magician, The Amazing Tomas.

Here you can hunt for hidden evidence of the depraved doctor’s secret surgeries, collecting game pieces to assemble a stuffed hybrid creature custom-designed by Shawnimals. Undergo your own manimal metamorphosis in the House of Pain with face painting by make-up artist Ann Marie and Vaudezilla Productions, and be captured in the photo cage for a post-operative portrait with a live snake.

Plus tarot card readings by Madame Mystiquelle, karaoke with DJ Carl, a silent auction of oddities and artwork, and so much more! Costumes are highly encouraged.

Unleash the beast within...


At the door, VIP admission will cost $120 and general admission will be $65.

Death by Death, Co. is a special effects and video-based company established by artists Michelle Maynard and Teena McClelland in May 2005. The Death by Design team constructs film sets and immersive environments at select locations where clients are invited to enter another realm and engage in an in-depth conversation with life through their own “Hollywood” deaths. Visitors can either watch the action unfold or be part of the story-line, infiltrating the artwork as live (and dead) bodies.

The Menagerie is Death by Design’s second annual environment/installation, where party-goers, immersed in the set, become characters in Moreau’s abandoned mansion filled with human-animal hybrid vaudeville performers. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Museum’s educational and artistic exhibits and programs.

This event sponsored in part by:

North Shore DistilleryEagle Printing

Chimera illustration by Jenny Kendler

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Chicago, IL 60610 USA
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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Last admission will be taken one hour before the closing time.