Hop on as the Nature Museum explores the world of the American
bicycle. With an emphasis on Chicagoâ€™s bike culture, this exhibit
investigates bikesâ€”from low riders and truck bikes to tall bikes and
fixed gearsâ€”and the cultural phenomenon associated with them.
Explore the roots of Americaâ€™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).
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.”
All in all – a great day to be a kid again. A big thank you to Collin and William!
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: