New Exhibits at Local Attractions

There are a lot of fun and interesting new exhibits open to enjoy over the summer! We rounded up each new temporary exhibit at several museums, the zoo, and arboretum so you can see what they have to offer… all in one place. You can click on the exhibit title for more information. Have fun!

Brookfield Zoo: Dinos & Dragons

Now through September 17, 2017
Real, live dragons along with kid-friendly interactive exhibits can be found in the large tent at the entrance and you will spot large, animatronic dinosaurs as you walk down a winding path outside. Click here to read more.


Museum of Science and Industry: Robot Revolution

Now through February 4, 2018
Robot Revolution comes to life with an unprecedented collection of cutting-edge robots—many of which have never been on display to the public—secured from some of the most innovative research labs, universities and robotics companies from around the world. The exhibit offers rare and extraordinary opportunities to interact, learn from and play with robots.


Kohl Children’s Museum: Science + You

Now through August 27, 2017
The 1,200 square-foot “Science + You” exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where children can explore how scientists impact health and wellness. Through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology, “Science + You” establishes the role science plays in keeping the body healthy. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.


Field Museum: Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Now through January 7, 2018
Guests will walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates to get up close to the towering dinosaurs, some more than 24 feet tall, and explore the Park through a specially guided tour. Once onsite, visitors will experience the family-friendly Gentle Giants Petting Zoo; step behind the glass into The Hammond Creation Lab; get a special preview of Jurassic World’s top-secret project, the Indominus rex; and go inside the Raptor Training Paddock.


DuPage Children’s Museum: AWEsome Water

Opening Saturday, June 24, 2017
The grand opening of AWEsome Water will be part of their 30th birthday celebration. Opening AWEsome Water marks the completion of their largest exhibit – AWEsome Energy. Click here to see the special activities during opening weekend at the museum.


Adler Planetarium: Chasing Eclipses

Now Open
Adler’s newest temporary exhibition, Chasing Eclipses, will immerse you in the spine-tingling, goose bump-inducing experience of a solar eclipse. You’ll find inspiration in eclipse chasers from history, discover the cosmic scale of being in the shadow of the Moon, and prepare to chase down the North American solar eclipse on August 21 yourself.


Chicago Children’s Museum: Forts

Now through September 17, 2017
visitors are invited to imagine, construct, and play within their own special places as everyday materials take on new shapes and purposes to become a fort builder’s paradise. Forts is your living room reimagined as a fort-building paradise—and best of all, they will take care of the mess.


Peggy Notebaert Nature Center: Our House

Now Open
Build, play, and discover the future of home design in our newest hands-on exhibit, Our House! Explore a giant wood block house. Play touchscreen games. Be a home builder for a day, putting your imagination to work to create houses equipped to handle extreme weather and climate change.

Morton Arboretum: Origami in the Garden

Now through October 22, 2017
The clean lines and delicate folds of the 25 origami-inspired metal sculptures range from elegant to whimsical, with themes that incorporate the natural world. Cranes, bison, ponies and a brand-new bronze squirrel, among many others, are scattered around Meadow Lake and tucked away in other spots within walking distance of the Arboretum’s Visitor Center. More info and photos coming soon!

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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