If you’re looking for a fun family Chicago Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is exactly what you are looking for.
Even just the exterior portion of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago IL) is a museum in and of itself. The prairie, rooftop gardens, solar panels and water conservation systems make it one of Chicago’s best examples of green technology.
Inside, the building features interactive displays and workshops like “Geology of the Chicago Region,” but its core appeal is its year-round Judy Istock Butterfly haven. Museum attendees are locked in an enclosed space with 1,000 different types).
After watching a short introductory video, next up is a room that features a towering waterfall, a trellis covered with vines and a curving path lined with benches. For the first few minutes you will be afraid to even take a step because you don’t want to step on a butterfly. It’s only when you realize how many there actually you are and how well they are able to camouflage themselves that you can truly appreciate their magical nature. The museum features different butterflies on a rotating nature and there are about 80 different types at a time.
Just before the exit, there’s even a “monarch mirror” (my own alliteration) to ensure you don’t take any butterflies home with you.