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When it comes to earth-friendly spots in the city, Lincoln Park
certainly tops the list. The zoo, conservatory and even the Green
City Market are all terrific ways to learn more about the planet.
But for an easy adventure that appeals to all ages, my family heads
to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. With its focus on nature and the
environment, this is a one-of-a-kind museum with just the right
balance of information, observation and hands-on play.
Even after dozens of visits, my sons never tire of the permanent
exhibits. Every exhibit space, in fact, has been cleverly designed
to teach lessons on a variety of levels, so we all take something
away from the visit. Best of all, you don't run into vendors
hawking toys and T-shirts at the end of every exhibit.
The museum's curators also do a good job of bringing in engaging
"Nature's Architects," the museum's first completely
self-curated exhibit, should be no exception. Opening April 1,
visitors will be able to see how animals build their own habitats
by studying live animals, watching video and even interacting with
sample building materials. Animals construct beautiful and complex
homes, from beehives to termite skyscrapers, and now we can
discover how they compare to our manmade structures.
Nature's Architects is included in general admission, which is
$9 adult, $6 child 3-12, $7 seniors and students.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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