3 To See: Lizzadro, Burpee, Prehistoric Life

The month of March is filled with leprechauns and pots of gold. Even if you’re not Irish, the Chicago area has hidden gems to discover without finding the end of a rainbow.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is so much more than a bunch ofrocks. Jade carvings, a castle carved out of gold and a seriouslychallenging scavenger hunt make this a great destination for acouple hours of fun.

 Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst (630) 833-1616 Lizzadromuseum.org

The Burpee Museum is a small-scale natural history museum worththe trip to Rockford, especially for young dinosaur enthusiasts.Here you’ll find some of the oldest rocks and bones in Illinois,all in a very “touchable” kid-friendly atmosphere

 Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford (815) 965-3433 burpee.org

Did you know the largest dinosaur egg in the world can be foundin Evanston? See that, along with an impressive collection of bonesand fossils, in the Prehistoric Life Museum, located in thebasement of Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop.

 Prehistoric Life Museum, Evanston (847) 866-7374 Davesdowntoearthrockshop.com

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