Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Best Weekend Activities For Seniors In Chicago

Chicago has something for everyone regardless of age or activity level. Here are a few activities seniors and their entire families might enjoy during a weekend around town.


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Chicago Seeing A Boon Of Dragonflies

The dragonfly population in the Chicago area has exploded in recent days, and one local expert said it’s likely tied to the large mosquito population.


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Five Must-See Museums In Chicago

Chicago offers some remarkable smaller museums just a few miles from the center of the city.


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Nature Museum Offering Free Sunday Admission In October

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has a butterfly haven that’s home to more than 1,000 butterflies of 75 different species. Specimens in the museum’s collection include nearly 14,000 birds and 15,500 plants.


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Best Science Exhibits In Chicago

The following wonderful exhibits feed the curiosity gene with some answers, more questions and stimulating thoughts about life: past, present and future.


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All The Snow This Winter Could Mean A Boon Of Butterflies In Spring

This winter might have been tough on Chicagoans who had to shovel all that snow, but it’s shaping up as good news for the butterfly population.


"A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction." by Joel Greenberg.

Local Author Chronicles Disappearance Of Passenger Pigeon

It was 100 years ago when the passenger pigeon became extinct. WBBM’s Steve Miller spoke with a Chicago author who chronicled the disappearance of the species.


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Your Chicago: Judy Istock Butterly Haven

(CBS) – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum boasts many must-see sights, from the outdoor nature walk to the “Look In” Lab to the Nature of Eating exhibit. But it’s the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven that […]


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Wet Weather Brings Resurgence For Fireflies

There’s a good chance your backyard is full of fireflies this summer, which is a big change from last year.

WBBM Newsradio–07/09/2013


Best Ways To Celebrate Earth Day 2013 In Chicago

Whether you want to learn about compost or find out how you can save an endangered species, the Chicagoland area has numerous activities planned for Earth Day.


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Yes, There Are Fewer Squirrels Around This Year

If you haven’t noticed as many squirrels in your yard as usual, you’re not alone.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2012

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4 Dead, 31 Wounded In Shootings This Weekend

Two boys – ages 13 and 14 – were among four killed, and at least 31 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

CBS Chicago–06/24/2012

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Red Admiral Butterfly Population Exploding

If you keep your eyes open wandering Chicagoland, you may see a solitary apple tree or lilac bush being swarmed by butterflies – dozens, possibly over a hundred butterflies at a time.

WBBM Newsradio–04/17/2012

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Expert: Warm Winter Has Interfered With Squirrel Population

The warm winter that is technically still in progress may spell trouble for baby squirrels.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2012

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Making a Scene: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Nestled in the expanse of green that is our beloved Lincoln Park, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum strives to create a connection between people and nature. Geared towards families, this hands-on museum offers a wide range of fun, interactive exhibits and educational programming for children and adults of all ages. This is one of our family’s favorite museums – there is always something to delight both my kids, ages 2 and 10.



Escape To The Tropics In Chicago

You don’t have to feel stuck in the cold city this winter. Visit the tropics without having to catch a flight. These four Chicago spots are the perfect tropical pick-me-ups: uninterrupted, stress-free family time with a side order of sliders, palm trees and butterflies.


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Scientists Tuck 2,500 Butterfly Caterpillars To Bed For Winter

Scientists and volunteers are spending their time putting 2,500 caterpillars to bed for the winter on the roof of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in the park of Lincoln Park.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2011


Animal Expert: More Skunks Living In Chicago Area

Wet weather at the beginning of the year has led to an increase in skunk sightings across the Chicago area according to the urban ecology curator at the Notebaert Nature Museum.

WBBM Newsradio–09/26/2011

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Flowers, Butterflies Grace New Trail At Notebaert Museum

A brand new trail is covering a lot of ground in only a third of a mile — right behind the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.

WBBM Newsradio–06/22/2011

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Missing Monarch Butterflies Are A Mystery

Millions of monarch butterflies are unaccounted for on their annual migration between the upper Midwest and Mexico.

WBBM Newsradio–12/06/2010