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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago

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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Drive
Chicago
IL
60614
Tel: 773 755 5100

Where are we going today?

You don't have to leave a city like Chicago to connect with nature and learn all about the amazing natural beauties we have in this world!

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an amazingly popular place for kids to visit - it's actually one of the city's most visited! Nature and science come alive, and a number of fun and interesting exhibits are waiting to be enjoyed.

The exhibits themselves cover a range of topics which will fascinate and educate all visitors - no matter what age! 

Do you love those colorful butterflies that flutter around you with their delicate wings? The Jusy Istock Butterfly Haven is a place where kids can stand spellbound as they experience a butterfly just emerging from it's chrysalis from the very first time. With over 1,000 butterflies, it's an amazing tropical retreat! 

You might be in Chicago, but that doesn't stop you exploring the rainforest! With multi-sensory exhibits, kids can learn all about the rainforests, and most importantly how people can make a difference in saving them. You might even encounter a rainforest animal or two!

For those little kids, the hands-on habitat allows them to explore the secret world of animals homes. From an underground cave to a giant roped spider web - they will be busy climbing, crawling and learning! 

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum covers natures food, birds, the environment and even outdoor exploration - just to name a few!

Surround yourself in nature in the middle of a city - it's a wonderful family day out!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$7 (Ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm weekdays. 10am - 5pm weekends

All year round, except first Friday in May, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Teachers corner

What a great place for students to learn! You can take a self-guided field trip, or they can come to you! .

I'm Hungry!

There is a cafe with locally made snacks as well as drinks.

Healthy Eating!

Why not bring your own healthy snacks and enjoy it in front of their lovely pond! .

Any Top Tips?

They have fun family and childrens programs (and an extra cost) where you can learn languages and crafts!.

Doing our bit

The museum was created to educate all who visit on the environment, and importantly how to look after it .

Need a little extra help?

Give them a call if you have special needs and see how they can help.

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop has great nature and science themed gifts, as well as educational items. .

More information

The last admission is 4:30pm.

What people are saying?

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    The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is not just a fun, educational, interactive museum, but was THE perfect wedding venue for us last year! It easily accommodated all 150+ of our guests and kids, who absolutely LOVED the museum, the butterfly haven, the outdoor terrace and cocktail hour space, etc. We couldn't have asked for anything better. You can do an indoor or outdoor ceremony and reception, with minimal decoration since the museum itself is already so naturally beautiful, bright and vibrant!

    Working with Mary Kehoe was a dream come true. She...Read More

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    Quite an enormous museum! Very modern look to the space. Really special area inside to view real live butterflies!! It was terrific! Wonderful view on their patio areas that they have. It is quite expansive, this museum. There's several trails to the place, i definitely recommend this because it just has some surprises along the way. Like the route we took, we saw a little pond. Just really a beautiful place to learn and sight see.

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    My favorite part is the butterfly section! You can walk in this big area with butterflies flying free. Tons of butterflies in all sizes and colors and when you leave there are mirrors so that you can make sure you don't have any hitchhikers on you. Lots of neat interactive activities for kids and a summer camp. Close to Lincoln Park Zoo, Fullerton Beach and The Conservatory so it's a fun spot to hit that's near other attractions. There's also a nature walk with native plant around the outside that's really cool.

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    Pretty impressed by this place. I went there for a school assignment (grad school marketing assignment) and found it to be pretty awesome. The Butterfly Room was so beautiful, real butterflies flying around in a beautiful ambiance! The place was so engaging and the playroom for the kids was so cool. The "green" basement is a great place to teach kids and adults about energy conservation. I would take my kids here if I had any, for now I'll take my husband:-)

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    Just went there for Thursday residence free day. It is a real nice place for any kids from infant to toddlers. My baby is crawling. They have enough play area for crawler! They also have this butterfly lab that let those butterflies freely fly around you. Kids love it!!!
    I can't wait to go back there next Thursdays!

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by Julie H

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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is not just a fun, educational, interactive museum, but was THE perfect wedding venue for us last year! It easily accommodated all 150+ of our guests and kids, who absolutely LOVED the museum, the butterfly haven, the outdoor terrace and cocktail hour space, etc. We couldn't have asked for anything better. You can do an indoor or outdoor ceremony and reception, with minimal decoration since the museum itself is already so naturally beautiful, bright and vibrant!

Working with Mary Kehoe was a dream come true. She did so much to make our wedding soooo beautiful and perfect! All the months leading up to this day too, she was right there and ready to help us in any way she could, and especially in the weeks before, she was so supportive: answering all our questions, assuring us of everything, letting us stay in after-hours, walking us and our families/friends multiple times through the entire site, introducing us to all the security guards and staff to help us be more comfortable with everything on that day....all the while with a beautiful smile on her face and the most encouraging spirit. This was such a blessing to us!!

And even though Mary wasn't scheduled to work our event that night, she made sure to stop by just to double check on things and ensure that EVERYthing was perfect...and it was. I'm sure she is like this (and is so busy) with all her brides and grooms, but I truly thank her for making us feel like the only- and most special- ones, every time I talked to her. I hope you can also consider the Nature Museum as an alternative to the typical hotel or banquet hall for your reception. And if not for your wedding- at least make a visit and check out the awesome butterfly haven! ;)

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