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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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Great Place for Kids (including toddlers)

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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261 reviews 261 reviews
156 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
60 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Nice destination for young children under 10. Parking was not bad on a Sunday for free near entrance.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem is a treasure located just steps from Lincoln Park Zoo. My son and I had planned to spend the day at the zoo, but he and I are both sensitive to heat and it was one of the hottest days in Chicago, so we opted to check out the nature museum instead. We were amazed!... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Its a natural museum focused in kids education. I guess it was not intended to receive adult or a more scientific public. The butterfly exibit is very interesting, though. I could even check a butterfly hatching

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Chicago, Illinois
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487 helpful votes 487 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We love taking walks through Lincoln Park in the summertime, through Lincoln Park Zoo, to the Chicago History Museum, along the lakefront from North Avenue to Fullerton Avenue, in the Lincoln Park Conservatory and along the lagoon from Fullerton to Diversey. That's how we discovered the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at the corner of Fullerton and North Cannon Drive, across... 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.