Thad and Emily Wong gift $900K to Chicago Children’s Museum

by Timothy Inklebarger

The Chicago Children’s Museum announced that @properties co-founder Thad Wong and his wife, Emily Wong, a top-selling real estate agent, have donated $900,000 to the nonprofit.

The funds will be used to create an immersive art experience in collaboration with internationally known Chicago-based artist Hebru Brantley and to support future programming at the museum.

“We could not be more grateful to Thad and Emily for their generous support of the cornerstone of Chicago Children’s Museum mission,” Chicago Children’s Museum President and CEO Jennifer Farrington said in a press release. “Their transformational gift will provide children the opportunity to develop their own creativity and self-expression through artistic exploration.”

The museum’s art studio will be renamed after the Wongs and will reflect Brantley’s artistic vision, which often draws from the artist’s childhood growing up on Chicago’s south side.

Thad Wong has been a member of the museum’s board of directors since 2014. The Thaddeus and Emily Wong Art Studio at the museum is expected to debut sometime in the coming year, according to the press release.

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