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Spectacular events are second nature to us!

Whether you are planning a business meeting or a birthday for your little one, your event will be magnificent at the Nature Museum.

Nestled between Lake Michigan and tranquil North Pond, you can enjoy the best of both worlds with a colorful prairie set against the backdrop of stunning city skyline views. Select an option below to begin planning your event.

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Add a little wonder to your special day—celebrate your birthday party at the Nature Museum!

We know that birthdays are a big deal and should be special! That’s why we offer a spectacular package to make birthdays for children ages 3 to 9 fun and memorable.

Our unique birthday party package includes:

  • A 2-hour celebration with your guests in a private party room, including a Critter Connection and craft!
  • Admission for you and your guests to explore the Museum before, during, and after your party—including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven!
  • 30-minute play time in the Hawver and Lacy Families Nature’s PlaySpace!

Birthday party package details:

  • Craft: Make your own turtle as a special birthday keepsake.
  • Explore: Walk through our world-renowned Butterfly Haven and see butterflies from all over the world.
  • Connect: Enjoy a Nature Museum Critter Connection and learn about a member of our Living Collection. Your child will love connecting with one of our turtle friends.*
  • Play: Enjoy access to the Hawver and Lacy Families Nature’s PlaySpace, our 3,000+ square foot indoor play area representing six different Illinois habitats with hands-on interactive elements.
  • Enjoy: Provide your own food and treats to round out the celebration. This exclusive package is available on Saturdays and Sundays with your choice of two time slots. This package includes a celebration with up to 20 kids and 20 adults for $850.
  • Share the Fun: For an additional $10 per child, you can add a Nature Museum gift bag for each guest to take home! Ask our private events coordinator for more details.

*A Turtle Critter Connection might be changed to another animal without notice based on animal needs.

Ready to start planning your event?

Use this form to contact our team. Please note: all birthday party requests must be submitted at least one month in advance of your preferred party date(s).


Conferences don’t have to be boring!

Bring the natural beauty of Lincoln Park to your next corporate meeting or conference by hosting it at the Nature Museum! Enjoy a stroll through the Butterfly Haven between breakout sessions, explore our Nature Trails during your lunch, and more!

Ready to start planning your event?

Use this form to contact our team. Please note: all requests must be submitted at least one month in advance of your preferred date(s).

"All the kids had a blast and the parents kept asking me for details on how to book this space so I gave them your information. Seriously, one of the best party experiences I've had in the city and we've done plenty of them all over. This was top notch and it was so nice to not only have such a great experience but also support the museum at the same time."

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