Nature on Tap
Chicago museums seem to have perfected the art of
creating a balance between what interests adults and entertains
kids. But sometimes, it's nice to explore exhibits without toddlers
running between our legs.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's Nature on Tap series fits the
bill. One evening a month, the museum becomes the coolest place in
the city for a date night that is anything but average. Starting at
6 p.m., the museum turns adults-only. Which means as soon as guests
step through the door, they're greeted by live music and a cash bar
stocked with Chicago-based beverages.
The $10 admission includes access to the full museum, including
the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and special exhibits. Yes, you can
sip a glass of wine while admiring the butterflies. Dreams do come
On the first floor, couples can mingle, try a craft project or
play a board game, which is perfect because sometimes there's
nothing better than a game of Battleship to shake off the stress of
The highlight of the evening is a trivia game with a Golden
Cockroach trophy awarded to the winning team. Don't be afraid to
pair up and pool your knowledge with other couples to go for a win.
A lot of the trivia questions focus on nature and science, but
don't be surprised if you have to show off your extensive knowledge
of classic rock or John Hughes films.
Although there were tamales available for purchase during the
week we visited, I recommend grabbing a quick bite before heading
to Nature on Tap.
To make the most of your evening, don't be afraid to talk to
other couples. We made some new friends during our visit and loved
playing trivia with them. Or, make it a parent double-date and
split the babysitting cost.
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
See more of Alaina's stories here.
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