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  • Enjoy Amazing Pollinators at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Amazing Pollinators, an exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614), explores the amazing animals which pollinate the earth. To learn more about Amazing Pollinators, go to https://naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/amazing-pollinators. Tickets can be purchased for $7 for students (make sure you bring your TigerCard or other student ID). Learn more about the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at https://naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/amazing-pollinators.

  • Visit Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday now through Feburary 29, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

  • Visit the Adler Planetarium

Enjoy all the Adler Planetarium has to offer this Tuesday through Thursday (January 7-9) and for free via the Illinois resident free days. Make sure that you bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) to get in for free. Free admission includes everything included in general admission. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking. To learn about your parking options, check out this page http://www.soldierfieldparking.com/rates.php. Make sure you fill your car up to help divide the price, or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is close to the Adler. From the station you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. For more information on Adler’s free days, visit https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/adler-planetarium-special-offers/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5MLrBRClARIsAPG0WGy5haalAdyiyI-LZ1zGbW423TgZMK9S3zhJ7eF7yxU2Tat-Q0DE6isaAmoKEALw_wcB. To learn more about the Adler’s exhibits, go to https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/.


  • Visit the Field Museum

You can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (January 8). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking and public transportation information see the information on visiting the Adler Planetarium. Learn more about Illinois free days by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

This Wednesday (January 8) the Museum of Science and Industry is offering free admission to Illinois residents. Just make sure that you have your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard). Your free ticket will include general admission. Some key exhibits are Science Storms, Farm Tech, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, and U505 Submarine. Make sure you go to Numbers in Nature, an exhibit based on the patterns found in nature. This is a free exhibit, but make sure to get your free timed ticket. If that isn’t enough to do, additional attractions can be purchased including the Coal Mine tour, guided tour of the U505 Sub, WOW! Tour (a one hour behind the scenes tour), and the FabLab workshops (an innovative space with 3D printers and other fabrication tools). Parking will cost $22, so make sure your car is full or use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_DM_REQUEST?itdLPxx_template=odvbox for public transportation. To learn more about MSI free days, go to https://www.msichicago.org/visit/ticket-prices/offers-and-discounts/illinois-free-days/. To get more information on the Museum, visit https://www.msichicago.org/.