Let's Check out the Judy Istock Butterfly House at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago!!!
Even in the middle of a Chicago winter, a kaleidoscope of color beckons. One thousand butterflies flutter by - 75 species on any given day. Transport yourself to a spectacular habitat, flourishing with tropical trees, glimmering pools of water, flowers, and butterflies beyond imagination.
- A 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with butterflies, including those never-before-seen in our region: Blue Morphos and Banded Tigers from Central and South America; Rice Paper Butterflies, the Great Egg Fly, Blue Rims, and Chocolate Pansies from Asia; and 11 species of African butterflies, including Citrus and White Lady Swallowtails. Plus, a spellbinding array of butterflies from right here in the Midwest.
- New in April 2007, eight colorful birds – four females and four males - have moved into the Haven. The species of birds include the Central and South American purple honeycreeper, violaceous euphonia, red-legged honeycreeper, and the Australian gouldian finch. These brightly colored birds can be seen perching on their nectar feeds or eating off the butterflies’ fruit plates.
- Nearly 1,000 chrysalides arrive at our butterfly exhibit each week. Each day beauties emerge wet-winged, seeing the world as butterflies for the very first time.
- Hands-on exhibits that explain butterfly lifecycles, survival strategies, and Monarch Butterfly migration.
Also outside the Museum: Enjoy the great outdoors without ever leaving Chicago! Nature Trails gives visitors a sense - sights, sounds and smells - of the region's native flora and fauna. At Burr Oak Savannah and Black Oak Savannah, families can visit prairies, savannas, wetlands and woodlands. For animal lovers, it's a short walk over to Pickerelweed Pond to see dragonfly larvae, diving beetles and tadpoles, or to the museum's existing outdoor butterfly and bird gardens. Come on over for a quick break from the city, or use one of the many benches to have a seat and surround yourself in nature’s wonder. Open year round!
Hours of Operation
The Nature Museum is open every day except the first Friday in May, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note, the last admission ticket is sold at 4:30 p.m.
Adults – $9
Students and Seniors age 60+ – $7
Children ages 3-12 – $6
Children under 3 – Free
Thursdays: Illinois Residents can enjoy free admission.
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Directions to the Nature Museum
The Nature Museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park, just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo. See Map Below