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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Address: 2430 North Canon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 773 755 5100
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive...
A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.
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Very nice with interaction for the children

We spent a rainy day here with children ages 10, 8, 6, and 5. It is a great museum with lots of interaction. The butterfly exhibit was wonderful!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Midwest
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The butterfly habitat is the highlight of this small, hands on, nature museum. Good for younger kids (vs. teens).

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We spent a rainy day here with children ages 10, 8, 6, and 5. It is a great museum with lots of interaction. The butterfly exhibit was wonderful!

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Bloomington, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this museum by accident. Since it was too cool to visit the zoo, we decided to give this a try. What a great day! In addition to the expected Taxidermies animals, there were fun hands on activities for kids (and adults). The Butterfly exhibit was interesting and educational. We all had a great time!

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Not to big of a museum where you will overwhelmed. Its perfect for a day visit with kids, and be sure not to miss the butterfly conservatory on the rooftop. It's location is right NY the lake and the zoo, so great to visit in conjunction with either.

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Toronto, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I was there with my 19 month old during a school break. However, that didn't prevent her from having a great time over the course of 2 1/2 hours. Most of the exhibits appear designed for a slightly older crowd, but there was more than enough to keep my child interested and happy. You can bring a snack or lunch,... More 

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arlington heights, IL
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Do not plan on spending a whole day here, but there is enough to see for a couple hours if you visit every exhibit. Mostly this is a museum for families with young children. The butterfly garden is the real draw here, especially on a cold, crummy (typical) Chicago day. It's always warm and sunny in the butterfly garden (and... More 

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Indiana
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Took family for visit. Very kid friendly with a nice butterfly exhibit, and on the day we went, a reptile feeding. Most impressed with the bird exhibit with specimens and education.

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Dallas, TX
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was a great hands-on nature museum. The butterfly house was fabulous and every single room has hands on experiences. I would highly recommend this museum for any toddlers and up. I visited because it was part of the ASTC passport program and boy was I surprised. I went with decent expectations, but it by far exceeded them. You can... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A friend living near the museum suggested a visit and we were so glad we did! We became members because hope to visit again and the rates were better that way. The place had our attention, and our kids', for nearly 3 hours. Can't wait to visit when the outdoor gardens are accessible!

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Lakewood, IL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Very affordable and easy to get to. Get there early for free parking right in front of the entrance. The staff is amazing, super friendly and enthusiastic! River exhibit was fun, loved the little birds in the butterfly exhibit. I would recommend you bring your lunch as the "café" is a small fridge with a couple of sandwiches and a... More 

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Staying in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.