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  • Peanuts...Naturally

    Climb through the Great Pumpkin, nestle up in Woodstock's nest and more! In this interactive exhibit, you can read and see memorabilia inspired by Charles M. Schulz’s naturally-inspired comic strips, while immersing yourself in the world of Peanuts! This exhibit takes a closer look at the many aspects of the natural world Charles M. Schulz touched on during the nearly 50 years he created the Peanuts comic strip (October 1950 to February 2000). Organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • City Creatures: Animal Encounters in Chicago's Urban Wilderness

    Urban areas such as Chicago are unique sites that offer us the opportunity to become more attentive to animal presences and consider the value of human-animal relationships in the city and beyond. The Center for Humans & Nature's City Creatures project highlights both seemingly ordinary encounters and transformative moments of human-animal interaction in the urban wilds, and seeks to document them in accessible narrative and visual form. Exhibit produced with the Center for Humans & Nature.
    Sponsored by Northern Trust.
  • Girl admiring butterfly in haven

    Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

    The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the museum's internationally renowned signature 2,700 square foot greenhouse. Home to more than 1,000 butterflies (75 species), the haven is the perfect tropical retreat. Read More »

  • Beecher Collections Laboratory

    Named after the legendary former director of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, William J. Beecher, this is a place to see scientists engaged in real taxidermy of bison, skunks, coyotes and more.

  • Take Flight! Alaska from Above:
    Photography by Mark Reed

    Seattle photographer and kite designer Mark Reed, his wife Christina Buchanan, and their young daughter spend their summers exploring Alaska's vast landscape in the experimental aircraft Mark built. Their remarkable aerial imagery will inspire you to discover flight and find perspective in some of our planet's last remaining wilderness.

  • Nature Revealed: The Urban Landscapes of Angelique Bolin

    Pushing through cracks in the sidewalk, chirping in your cable box, scuttling across telephone wires, nature is everywhere. Chicago artist Angelique Bolin reveals a hidden world in front of your eyes and introduces you to little creatures with big personalities just waiting to be discovered! Her collection of paintings and objects delights in the unique and captivating ways that plants and animals contribute to Chicago’s urban ecosystem.

  • The Lost Bird Project

    Veteran sculptor Todd McGrain, an associate professor in the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing five North American birds that have been driven to extinction. The bronze memorials are dedicated to the Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk and the Heath Hen. The sculptures compel people to recognize the finality of the loss and remind us of our duty to prevent further extinction. The exhibit opened June 19, 2014.

  • Hands-on Habitat

    Knee-high naturalists can explore the secret world of animal homes. Adventures include exploring an underground cave, a giant roped spider web and a busy beaver lodge.

  • Child learning

    Heritage of the Chicago Academy of Sciences

    Celebrate and be inspired by a snapshot of the Academy's more than 150 year legacy of scientific research of Chicago and the region. A mount of a porcupine, a Blanding's turtle skeleton and mammal skins are just a few of the samples on display.

  • student looking

    Istock Family Look-in Lab

    Watch as Museum scientists and volunteers care for and study the animals that comprise the Museum's Living Collection.

  • Birdwalk in afternoon

    Micole Birdwalk

    Look through binoculars to see the variety of birds that surround North Pond. Listen to bird calls at interactive kiosks while enjoying views of Chicago's gorgeous skyline.

  • Child looking into turtle tank

    Mysteries of the Marsh

    Learn about one of the most famous former marshes in the world - Chicago! Explore seven different types of wetland you can find near your home and animals that live there. Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the endangered species in Illinois are found in wetlands?

  • Child interacting with food exhibit

    Nature's LunchBox

    At Nature's LunchBox, discover how food and nature are connected. The fascinating life cycle of food - from the farm all the way to fork - is explained with panel displays and interactive components.

  • Children exploring trails

    Nature Trails

    The fun continues outside the Museum walls at our largest permanent exhibition! Nature Trails is a nearly 1/3 mile trail where you'll be inspired by the abundance of nature that surrounds us, even in this urban environment.

  • Children playing water exhibit


    Splash your way through this exhibit as you discover that only real lazy rivers are the ones you find at water parks. Rivers are nature's own flood controls and are filled with species of fish, herons, beavers and painted turtles. Interact with River Works by reversing the flow of the river, turn the river into a lake, build your own dam and even control a water turbine.

  • Wilderness Walk

    So many different environments are found in Chicago. Walk through a recreation of a prairie, savanna and dune, complete with authentic sounds and preserved animals.

  • Bluebirds in exhibit

    Birds of Chicago

    Get up close to the birds you see in your backyard and discover how to identify them by their sounds. More than 115 specimens, including the Midwest turkey, cardinal and endangered Prairie chicken are on display from the Chicago Academy of Sciences Collections. Choose which ones you want to hear by touching the screen on the interactive kiosk.

    • Extreme Green House

      See the nature inside your house and the ecology within your walls. Take a tour with the Green family and discover the way the environment connects all of us.


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