The Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL. 773-755-5100. www.chias.org.
$9 adults, $7 seniors 60+, $7 ages 13-22 with ID, $6 ages 3-12, 2 and under free. Free on Thursdays (donation requested for adults). ASTC membership reciprocity. Parking (free or pay) available nearby. Stroller accessible. Restrooms with changing tables available.
While in Chicago, we scheduled one day to spend in Lincoln Park, and our first stop was the Notebaert Nature Center. We were fortunate to find a free on-street parking space right across the street. Inside the museum, we found several child-friendly exhibits. The water tables are always a hit with the kids, as are spiders and snakes that are appropriately contained. A special preschool play area had a slide for the kids and a conveniently-located family restroom. The “green” home exhibit was informational for me and also enjoyed by the kids, and we all liked the butterfly room.
I wasn’t sure exactly what we’d find at a “nature museum,” and was very pleasantly surprised at all the hands-on activities that were available on a wide range of topics.