The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Has A Live Butterfly House With Over 200 Species
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, also known as the Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, opened in 1857 and is one of the oldest natural history museums in the United States. It has had several locations, but is now permanently situated in a modern building in Lincoln Park as part of the city’s museums-in-the-parks program. There are many different exhibits, aimed mainly at helping children learn about nature. Children can experience the more than 1,000 butterflies in the butterfly haven, bird watch, learn about animal extinction, experience green living, watch scientists interact with spiders and other living creatures, hike the short nature trail, play in the hands-on habitat (toddlers), or enjoy any of the other fun and educational exhibits the museum offers. There are also quite a few daily special events so check the website before you go. If you have been to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, please leave a comment for others to enjoy.
26. Magnificent Mile Light Festival
The Annual Magnificent Mile Light Festival Is A Great Way To Kick Off The Holiday Season
The Magnificent Mile Light Festival, which happens before the Thanksgiving weekend in downtown Chicago along Michigan Avenue, is a great way for the family to kick off the holiday season. For the past fifty years, the trees have been decorated with lights along North Michigan Avenue to signal the start of the Holiday Season. Every year, the celebration gets bigger and bigger and now it has become a televised event. There are celebrities, a tree-lighting parade, live music concerts, a holiday wonderlan...
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... on Chicago’s Lakefront in the downtown area. It is the home of Adler Planetarium, and was a single strip airport until it was torn up in 2003 for homeland security reasons. Now, it is a 91-acre nature park with strolling paths, awesome fishing and camping, and a spectacular view of the Chicago Skyline. There is a field house with staff to answer questions and there is also a discovery tour of the island available. Another aspect about the island is the concert venue, the First Merit Bank Pavilion. This is a temporary structure, which is put in place during the summer and seats about 30,000 people for mainstream concerts. Ticket prices for these concerts are pricey, but there are many free park events for families year round so be sure to check the website when you plan to be in town. If you have been to Northerly Island, please leave a comment for others to enjoy.