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 true.
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 day.
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.
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