The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Drive

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"Wonder is in our Nature"

One of Chicago's most affordable museums, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a must see.  It's not overwhelmingly large and it's full of nature, environmentalism and ways to help your littles ones learn how to be green.  Perhaps best known for their butterfly room, this museum is worth visiting just to pop into this warm habitat and immerse yourself amongst thousands of free fluttering butterflies.  They even host Saturday morning butterfly (heated) yoga (& on occasion Family Yoga) in this space before the museum opens on the weekends.  

The museum is full of adventures and opportunities for kids to get a little wet, get up-close and personal with various critter habitats, appreciate green living and even hold, touch or observe various reptiles, amphibians, and more.  The museum has a designated tot spot where kids can climb an indoor tree fort, don critter costumes, explore caves with stalactites or gather for museum story hour.  There's a bird watching bridge along the outside of the building designed to help Chicagoans connect with the nature prairieland habitat of the region.  In the Winter months, the famed, Green City Market, moves to the museum lobby so you can enjoy local eats and artisans from this Lincoln Park outdoor market all year long.  

The museum also offers recycling services for your "not so regular" items that need to be disposed of consciously- think batteries, lightbulbs, Christmas tree composting, etc.  It's a wonderful place and weekly visits are easy to do here.  They offer free coat check and parking is usually abundant along Cannon drive during weekday mornings.  It's incredibly affordable and well worth a $60 Family Membership.  They're nursing, diaper and snack friendly (there are plenty of tables in their lobby cafe with highchair and booster seats).  A stroller isn't necessary at this museum.  Come with a small bag, socks (for the tot spot) and an ounce of bravery (for whatever insect, arachnid or critter makes an appearance).  Check their site for some awesome seasonal events too!  

Reenie O'Brien King
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A Chicago native, Reenie grew up in the city's Old Town area. After 6 years on the east coast (Boston and Philly) with her husband, Cabell, they returned to Chicago in 2018 and have settled in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area of the city. Reenie is the proud, dedicated and playful mom to two kids, Tiernan (4) and Adeline (2) and one on the way (due in May 2021). She holds a Master's in Education from DePaul University and has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Middle School Drama and 8th Grade Art. Despite taking time off from full- time classroom work, Reenie remains passionate and active in the educational field serving on the boards of ISCJ School in Chicago and Ingles Sin Limites in El Salvador. She is a founding member and former chairman of the Junior Board at Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Reenie has also done work at Scattergood Ethics at The University of Pennsylvania and consulted with Free Forest School Illinois and Hike it Baby Philadelphia. Currently home "daily adventuring" with her kids, Reenie also serves as the Director of Online and Print Content at her family's Mental Health company, MADO Healthcare. A passionate traveler, horseback rider, yogi, mental health advocate and aspiring Children's Book Author, Reenie is glad to share some views of the city she loves with!
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