Bikes! The Green Revolution at the Nature Museum

I finally made it to see the exhibit “Bikes! The Green Revolution” at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Hop on as the Nature Museum explores the world of the American
bicycle. With an emphasis on Chicago’s bike culture, this exhibit
investigates bikes—from low riders and truck bikes to tall bikes and
fixed gears—and the cultural phenomenon associated with them.
Explore the roots of America’s most democratic and sustainable form
of transportation, and consider why human-powered locomotion could
be the way of the future for our rapidly evolving urban environment.

I’ve been wanting to go to this exhibit for months… but I’m glad I waited until I could most fully enjoy the exhibit and the museum in the company of my best friend and her family (with two kids). This museum is family-oriented, so being there with “family” definitely made the experience that much more memorable. Plus – it was an overcast day and extremely humid; the kind of day being indoors is more pleasurable.

The classic bikes captured my attention immediately and my camera tried to capture it all – the colors, the lines, the sparkle. Mmm. I noticed that many of these bikes on display came to the museum courtesy of local bike shop Cycle Smithy, which features its own Bicycle Museum online … and in the store (just go for a visit and look around … and up).

This one might still be a "little" too big....

Stylish for the ladies

Remember these?

Classic Bikes - all lined up

Beyond the showroom, kids could "experience" piloting or being a passenger in a pedicab along Chicago's lakefront .

Kids could even see what it's like to work on bikes

A perpetual favorite at the Nature Museum is its Judy Istock Butterfly Haven – where visitors can experience “more than 75 species of exotic butterflies and stunning bird species from the Southern hemisphere in a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies, including those never-before-seen in our region.”

A butterfly in the garden

All in all – a great day to be a kid again. A big thank you to Collin and William!

Thanks, boys, for sharing the afternoon with me.

The exhibit closes this upcoming Sunday, September 9, so get there now while you still can.
But if you can’t – check out this news item featuring the exhibit: