Warm up to A Winter Butterfly Shoot!!!

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.

The Highlights

  • 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.

Admission Prices

Adults – $9

Students and Seniors age 60+ – $7

Children ages 3-12 – $6

Children under 3 – Free 

Thursdays: Illinois Residents can enjoy free admission. 

Click here for information on groups of 10 or more.

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

http://www.naturemuseum.org/index.php?id=168 

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  • West

    I looked at all the photo's and really fantastic shots and some funny ones too! You just can't beat the colors of butterflies and some of the little finches flying around. I and my daughter really enjoyed the time.

    March 11, 2013

  • Helen H

    Yes, and there were soooo many good photos! I think I learned a few things yesterday from you all...

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Carl K.

    nice time with good people ...Always wanted to go there ...look forward to the next time

    March 10, 2013

  • Stacy M

    I had a great time and really enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone!

    March 10, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    I had so much fun today and enjoyed meeting many of you for the first time! I am looking forward to seeing the pics from everyone!

    March 9, 2013

  • Keith J.

    It was great to meet a lot of new faces (well new to me as I have missed this group a lot last summer). I am evidently much slower at downloading and editing than you all. I happen to think while I was there it would be great to have a blog/wiki area where we could post helpful information about the location. Good lens selection, terrain... I know for this one some good tips are... keep camera warm prior to walking in to prevent fogging..., mono pods, check to see if other groups are scheduled, etc. Most of the places we go are repeats to some extent. Would this be worth while and if so any good suggestions as to the mode and how to make it most accessible?

    March 9, 2013

  • West

    Don't know if you all saw the little issues the kids were having in the butterfly house....ducking, and looking at them as if they were going to attack them....never saw this before; city kids????.....saw a little one maybe around 3yrs old, just screaming when one landed on her moms back. Sorry to say, never have I seen these reactions to such beautiful butterflies. Am I too OLD???

    March 9, 2013

    • Kathy R.

      I so missed seeing that. I did notice one boy who was sooo excited to have 3 or 4 on him. It was really adorable.

      March 9, 2013

  • West

    What a geat place, never been to it and grew up here in WI..duh.

    March 9, 2013

  • Kathy R.

    I really enjoyed this meet up. Not only were there butterflies to photograph, but reptiles, amphibians, bugs and birds too! Also, I met a lot of wonderful people and got to hang out with some of the people I've met on other meet ups! A very very good day. :)

    March 9, 2013

  • Dick D.

    Sandi .. add a little Jack Daniels to that mint tea. Hope you're better soon.

    March 9, 2013

  • Helen H

    Thank you Sandi. It was a lot of fun!

    March 9, 2013

  • Sandi

    Hello Everyone, I have had a rough week battling an ear and sinus infection im on antibio tics and am hoping ill feel better by the morning. If by some chance i cant make it could those of you that have been apart of our group please welcome everyone and especially the newer folks? I would greatly appreciate it. In case i dont make it i hope everyone enjoys this little gem of of a place and remember to post your favorite shots of the day so we can all enjoy them and learn from them. Hope to see you in the mornig Sandi

    March 8, 2013

    • Kathy R.

      Feel better soon! Mint tea helps!

      March 8, 2013

    • Helen H

      Sandi, Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for thinking of us newcomers. Thank you for organizing this. I had a great time capturing the butterflies and birds on camera! Looking forward to more photo outings!

      March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband & I just got here. Parking was crazy! Is everyone in the butterfly area?

    March 9, 2013

  • Kathy R.

    I'm gonna head in. Anyone else here yet?

    March 9, 2013

  • Kimberly

    I'm on my way, but think I will be late. Keep an eye out for me :-)

    March 9, 2013

  • Jeanie H.

    Wish I could go to this ... but have a conflict... See you soon!

    March 8, 2013

  • Erica

    I won't be able to make it after all :-( I really want to check this place out still. Hopefully I will make one of your other upcoming shoots!

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to carpool this trip. I have another shoot to go to afterwards. Sorry about, maybe next time!!

    March 7, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    Hi all :)
    Looking forward to Saturday! I will be driving in from the Arlington Heights area and happy to arrange a car pool with anyone in that area!
    -Lisa

    March 4, 2013

    • Helen H

      Lisa - Cool! 1pm works great! I have something on before the meetup so not sure if I can make it back early enough to get to the center by 10am. But Ican try! If my photo shoot gets cancelled because of rain, then I can get to the center early. I'll email you my phone number.

      March 6, 2013

    • Lisa B.

      Okay sounds very good! Me email is LMB121079@gmail
      Talk with you soon!

      March 6, 2013

  • West

    I live in TREVOR,Wi. just North of Antioch, Il. If you're coming down from Milwaukee or near and want to ride along, I have 2 more seats.

    March 6, 2013

  • Dick D.

    after reading Tom's post ... I'll also offer the same carpool arrangements to someone close to the Lombard area.

    March 4, 2013

    • Robert B

      Dick, I live in Bloomingdale just a few miles west of you and would be interested in carpooling. I am somewhat new relative to MeetUps, so I don't know the proper procedure for trading cell phone numbers (assuming that one simply doesn't put it here). Advice?

      March 5, 2013

    • Robert B

      Dick, I lost internet last night & just got it back now. I'll call you to work out the plans. Thanks for your offer.

      March 6, 2013

  • Kristen Camp Moffat H.

    I'm unable to go on Saturday, however, I AM going tomorrow (Thursday). Its free admission for residents. If anywho would like to join me, I'd love to meet up!!!

    March 6, 2013

  • Kathy R.

    I'm very tempted to leave extra early and try for some sunrise photos, but don't know if there are any close by spots for that.

    March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      kathy, go across LSD to the Lake Michigan shore and there should plenty of spaces. Also at the south end of the Lincoln Park Zoo parking lot is the foot bridge across LSD to get to North Ave. b\Beach, great views of the city skyline and the lake. I see that you live in McHenry, i live in Round Lake area would you be interested in carpollinging? If you want to leave early i go along with that too. Let me know. Thanks

      March 4, 2013

    • Kathy R.

      Thanks so much Tom for the offer and info. I won't be able to car pool this time as I will be stopping at my aunt's after the event.

      March 6, 2013

  • Dick D.

    Hey Robert .. it looks like I might be duplicating this message, but anyway I've only been to 1 other event. [masked]

    March 5, 2013

  • Erica

    I am pretty sure I can make this - and will be looking forward to meeting all you fellow photogs for the first time :-)

    March 4, 2013

  • Helen H

    What time will this end?

    March 4, 2013

    • Carl K.

      No set time. Stay as long as you like.

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If someone is interested in a carpool I would be a greeable to that. Willing to split gas and parking, off street parking there can be VERY challenging. I live in the Round Lake area. Let me know if you are interested!!

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm In. Sounds great

    March 4, 2013

  • Kristen Camp Moffat H.

    :-( Can't make it that day.

    February 28, 2013

  • Kristen Camp Moffat H.

    I can't attend on the 9th, but if there is anyone available to go the Thursday before, I'd love your company!!

    February 28, 2013

  • Dick D.

    should be interesting !

    February 24, 2013

  • Sandi

    This shoot helps me get through the winter!!! :D It's a cool little place esp in the winter! It is (((warm))) in there so dress for warm weather!

    February 23, 2013

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