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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago Launches Contest to Find Next Master Model Builder

January 31, 2012

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is holding a contest to find a Master Model Builder who will be responsible for developing new exhibits and models for the thousands of children and families who attend events at the Center. Interested candidates can apply online at

“The winning Master Model Builder will join an elite class of LEGO® builders,” said Cassi Weber, general manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. “Only four people in the United States and eight people in the world have the honor of being called a LEGOLAND Discovery Center Master Model Builder and we are very excited to meet the person that can fulfill that role here in Chicago!”

Applicants must log on to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago’s website by Friday, Feb. 17 and upload a resume and a one-minute YouTube video showing why they should be LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago’s next Master Model Builder. Applicants must be 18 years or older to enter.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago will choose 10 finalists who will be invited to a public build-off event at LDC Chicago in Schaumburg on Sunday, March 4, where their true skills will be put to the test.

“This is truly a dream job for someone who loves building with LEGObricks,” Weber said. “The Master Model Builder must be creative, enjoy working with our guests and understand that this job is truly working at play.”

During the public build-off, candidates will be challenged with mountains of pre-selected LEGO bricks and must build complex LEGO models using only the bricks in front of them. A special panel of adults and children will judge each candidate’s performance to eventually determine a winner.

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Chicago Greeters offer Free Guided Walks of Hyde Park Neighborhood

July 30, 2011

Chicago InstaGreeter – a FREE visitor service that offers one-hour guided neighborhood walks by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers – takes you through the streets of Hyde Park for a perspective only a local can provide, Saturdays through Oct. 8, 10 am to 3 pm.

Residents passionate about Chicago welcome visitors to the community and share insider stories that bring the city’s neighborhoods to life. Beautiful architecture, historic landmarks, cultural institutions and President Obama’s hometown favorites – go beyond downtown and explore some of these Hyde Park gems:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, a Prairie Style treasure, and the Gothic Style campus of University of Chicago and Rockefeller Chapel
  • Midway Plaisance and nearby Jackson Park, home to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
  • Hyde Park Art Center; Smart Museum; Oriental Institute; and DuSable Museum of African American History
  • The Kenwood home of Barack Obama; local barbershop Hyde Park Hair Salon; and favorite restaurants Valois and Medici on 57th

The guided visits are offered Saturdays, 10am – 3pm, August 8 through Oct. 8.

No pre-registration is needed. Visits are available on a first-come, first-served basis every Saturday.

To meet up, go to the Chicago InstaGreeter Outpost at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue

Since April 2002, Chicago Greeter has been a resource for both visitors and locals by providing insider orientations during free, informal neighborhood walks. The InstaGreeter program is an offshoot of Chicago Greeter, an “on-the-spot” welcome service that give visitors the opportunity to see the city through guided walks on a first-come, first-served basis without pre-registration. InstaGreeter has launched outposts in Old Town, Pilsen and Hyde Park. There have been over 8,000 Greeter visits and 2,500 InstaGreeter visits to date, servicing visitors from more than 80 different countries. The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers and to providing innovative visitor programs and resources. For more information, visit

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