2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago Illinois 60614United States
Kids get in touch with nature at this hands-on museum paying tribute to Mother Earth.
The interactive Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum aims to teach children about the natural world. Many of the exhibits are pretty standard: lots of exhibits with smart buttons to play with; water-table games that mimic locks and dams to teach children about our impact on the environment; snakes, cockroaches and spiders on display; and special photography exhibits. The one must-see: the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven on the second floor. Dozens of kinds of butterflies flit through this lush tropical garden, making it a great place to just soak in the sun and reflect. All in all, the museum is fun but not extensive for the price ($9 for adults and $6 for kids). One thing worth noting, if you find yourself at the museum and just want to enjoy the natural surroundings, be sure to check out the secluded garden across the street. It is like something out of a postcard -- stone walkways, waterfalls everywhere, lily pads and flowers covering the water. Part of the Chicago Park District, it is open to the public.