Free Peggy Notebaert Museum Nature on Tap. Grab a drink with one of Nature Museums scientists at a bar and take part in scientific conversations.
Nature on Tap-Wintry Wood Frogs, Courtship in the Cold
Where: The Galway Arms, 2442 North Clark Street. Cost: Free. Cost of cocktails extra. Register
Scientists will discuss Wintry Wood Frogs, Courtship in the Cold at Galway Arms. Cold-adapted Wood Frogs can survive Alaskan winters, breed in icy water, and males wrestle in order to get to females. Come learn more about these unique frosty frogs, how the Nature Museum is conserving them locally, and how you can help listen for them.
Nature on Tap-The Monarch and its Migration
When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Where: The Radler, 2375 Milwaukee Avenue
Scientists will discuss The Monarch and its Migration. The monarch is the best known butterfly species in the world. Its life cycle is closely tied to its amazing migration. We will explore the life cycle, migration and it’s behavior on its wintering grounds in Mexico. Learn about efforts in Mexico and Illinois to track population fluctuations and conservation issues. Learn what you can do from your own home to aid in conserving this iconic insect.
History of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
- 1857 Chicago Academy of Sciences founded. The primary purpose is to preserve plant and animal specimens from the Chicago region and the state. It is Chicago’s oldest Museum.
- 1871 The original building at Wabash and VanBuren, the entire collection, records and library were destroyed by the Chicago Fire. The building had been built in 1868 and was considered fireproof so there was no insurance.
- 1886 The replacement building was lost in foreclosure.
- 1893 The $100k Matthew Laflin Memorial Building (2001 N. Clark) opens and the Museum with a rebuilt collection moves in. The Laflin Building is located in Lincoln Park and is named after the gunpowder and real estate magnate who contributed $75k.
- 1994-1997 The museum moves to temporary digs at North Pier while it’s new building is being built. Lincoln Park Zoo administrative offices relocate into the Laflin Building where they still reside.
- 1999 the Museum was renamed the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum after Mr. Notebaert (CEO of Ameritech) made a $4 miilion dollar donation in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary.
- 1999 New Museum 73,000 square foot building opens.