Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum extends hours

The days are starting to get longer and Chicago’s premiere nature museum is following the trend. Beginning March 1, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will remain open until 5 p.m. on weekdays.

While most Chicago museums saw a dip in attendance in 2010, Notebaert had its biggest year on record, with 257,000 visitors coming to the museum.

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“We saw attendance grow at record-setting numbers last year and we want to thank guests by allowing them more time inside the museum,” says Deborah Lahey, the museum’s president and CEO.

Guests will now have an extra half-hour to splash throughRiver Works, grocery shop inNature’s LunchBox and explore the museum’s permanent butterfly exhibit. And opening April 1, Nature’s Architects will introduce kids to the world of bees, beavers and other builders.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Location: 2430 N. Cannon Drive. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; $9, $7 seniors and students, $6 kids 3-12, free kids under 3; Thursdays are suggested donation days.

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