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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Lincoln Park
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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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a hidden gem

The butterfly heaven is amazing. In a small garden, we can stay so close to different types butterfly, small or big. They are very friendly to visitors. Some of them even... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The butterfly heaven is amazing. In a small garden, we can stay so close to different types butterfly, small or big. They are very friendly to visitors. Some of them even stayed on visitors' hands and shoulders. The museum staff is very knowledgeable about the butterfly and birds. Don't miss the nature trails. Chicago wild flowers are strikingly colorful and... More 

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Greenfield, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had a great family visit here. The ONLY issue was parking. My goodness, what a fiasco trying to get a spot anywhere, even in the paid parking area just south of the museum. After we got parked, we had a great time inside. We used our ASTC member benefit to enter for free. Our boys are ages 5-6, and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Small area and PERFECT for families with young children. Check out the classes/camps they offer for children as they look like they have multiple options. Clean. Cool. Well run.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We used our local natural history museum's reciprocal membership to get in for free (it also gave us free admission to the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum). Check to see if you can do the same...it might save you a fortune. My young sons and I visited this museum while my daughter and wife went to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A lot of people have said this museum is best for children...I must be a child at heart because it was great! It is much more affordable than many other museums in town, and you can learn a lot from walking around. I do think kids would LOVE this place. Not as much pizzaz as Science & Industry, but there... More 

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Grand Haven, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We've been here twice now. The museum is top shelf, with great exhibits and staff members who are great with little kids. My little ones looooooove the butterflies. Chicago was a little cool today, so we returned. Friendly staff, we had a lot of fun.

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Montepulciano, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

Because we were going to the Lincoln park zoo and it was so close we thought we would go for the release of the butterflies / yeah not worth it. I guess point of clarification is in order - I don't think paying $50 for a family of 4 to see some butterflies flying around is worth it. Frankly had... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Excellent museum experience. Allow several hours (3-4) to thoroughly explore everything. We rushed through in 2.5 so we could get to the zoo and didn't get to experience everything. A good mix of activities for all age ranges. Both my 4 year old and 10 year old really enjoyed the museum. The butterflies were a big hit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Just close to Lincoln Park Zoo is one of our favourite museum. Kids will adore, lots to do, lot to see and don't miss the charming Butterflies Haven.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I visited here with my two and for year old for a birthday party and was surprised on how fun it was. Lots of things to see and an interactive place for the kids. The butterfly garden is beautiful and my kids loved it.

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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.