Chicago attractions – Chicago 43rd http://chicago43rd.org/ Wed, 18 May 2022 14:10:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://chicago43rd.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-8-120x120.png Chicago attractions – Chicago 43rd http://chicago43rd.org/ 32 32 Disney Announces Upcoming Makeovers for Disneyland Attractions, Downtown Disney and Pixar-Themed Hotel https://chicago43rd.org/disney-announces-upcoming-makeovers-for-disneyland-attractions-downtown-disney-and-pixar-themed-hotel/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 17:45:48 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/disney-announces-upcoming-makeovers-for-disneyland-attractions-downtown-disney-and-pixar-themed-hotel/ ANAHEIM, CA – Many magical new experiences are coming to Disneyland California! Disney announced Thursday that the resort’s Paradise Pier Hotel will soon undergo a makeover to give it a new Pixar theme. The reimagining will “weave Pixar art” throughout the space, including the iconic Pixar lamp balanced on its ball in the lobby, as […]]]>
ANAHEIM, CA – Many magical new experiences are coming to Disneyland California!

Disney announced Thursday that the resort’s Paradise Pier Hotel will soon undergo a makeover to give it a new Pixar theme. The reimagining will “weave Pixar art” throughout the space, including the iconic Pixar lamp balanced on its ball in the lobby, as shown in concept renders.

A new walkway is also under construction to provide hotel guests with direct entry to Disney California Adventure Park.

Disney said guests can also expect a new kind of voice assistant that works alongside Alexa on Amazon Echo devices in hotel rooms. The company said “Hey Disney!” is intended to make visits more convenient and enjoyable later this year.

Starting in late summer, Disneyland Resort hotel guests will also be entitled to early entry into the parks.

Plus, more shopping and dining experiences are in the works for Downtown Disney.

These changes occur as Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland is getting a whole new look, but it will be closed for a year to do so. The attraction closed in March for an “ambitious reinvention” project and is set to reopen in early 2023.

The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of this resort.

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9 giant Ontario attractions to check out on your next road trip across the province https://chicago43rd.org/9-giant-ontario-attractions-to-check-out-on-your-next-road-trip-across-the-province/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 22:07:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/9-giant-ontario-attractions-to-check-out-on-your-next-road-trip-across-the-province/ If you’ve never taken an epic road trip through Ontario, why not now? Stick to the idea that it’s about the journey, not the destination, and note some massive roadside monuments across the province. From larger-than-life coins to massive animal statues and towering donuts, there are huge landmarks to visit in Ontario. Add these road […]]]>

If you’ve never taken an epic road trip through Ontario, why not now? Stick to the idea that it’s about the journey, not the destination, and note some massive roadside monuments across the province.

From larger-than-life coins to massive animal statues and towering donuts, there are huge landmarks to visit in Ontario. Add these road trip stops to stretch your legs or grab a snack before hitting the road again.

The largest Muskoka chair in the world

Price: Free

Address: 397 Muskoka Road. N., Gravenhurst, ON

Why you need to go: Right outside the Sawdust City Brewing Co., you’ll find a huge yellow Muskoka chair, perfect for photo ops on a sunny day. It’s the the largest Muskoka chair in the worldstanding 21 feet tall.

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Pink Sun Donut

Price: Donut prices vary

Address: 439 Brock Ave, Burlington, ON

Why you need to go: You can pose next to a huge sprinkled donut that would make Homer Simpson jealous. While you stop for the Instagram photo, why not stock up on sweets?

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Wawa goose statue

Price: Free

Address: 93 Mission Road, Wawa, Ontario

Why you need to go: The original Giant Goose was built in 1960 to redirect traffic to the local community. You can get ready to take flight with this huge Canadian monument located near the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Flying saucer restaurant

Price: Meal prices vary

Address: 6768 Lundy’s Ln., Niagara Falls, ON

Why you have to go: You can transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away at this alien-themed restaurant. Niagara Falls’ iconic Flying Saucer restaurant looks like a spaceship inside and out, so you can take that selfie before and during breakfast.

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Canadian Giant Toonie

Canada’s giant toonie in Campbellford, Ontario.

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Price: Free

Address: 55 Grand Rd. #1, Campbellford, ON

Why you need to go: You can visit a 27-foot toonie in Old Mill Park while touring the town of Campbellford. You will feel rich enjoying this massive monument near the water.

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Jumbo the Elephant

Price: Free

Address: 65 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, ON

Why you have to go: Jumbo was a real elephant who drew crowds to the circus and whose story is heartbreaking for all who know of his tragic passing. His memory now stands like a giant statue for all to enjoy.

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The Big Apple

Price: Self-guided tour

Address: 262 Orchard Road, Colborne, ON

Why you need to go: If you’ve driven Highway 401 past Colborne, you’ve probably seen the huge red apple with a sign showing how many apple pies they sold. Not only can you stop for a photo, but you can buy sweet desserts and savory dishes.

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mammoth cheese

Mammoth cheese from Canada located in Perth, Ontario.

Mammoth cheese from Canada located in Perth, Ontario.

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Price: Free

Address: 28 Drummond Street East, Perth, ON

Why you need to go: In the European-looking city of Perth, you’ll find a display of what was once the largest cheese in the world, weighing 22,000 pounds. It was produced here for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 to promote Canadian cheese on the world stage.

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The big nickel

Price: Free

Address: 122 Big Nickel Road, Sudbury, ON

Why you need to go: You can explore the Dynamic Earth Museum in Sudbury and find a giant replica of the 1951 Canadian nickel. It’s the largest coin in the world and easy to access for photos.

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Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.

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New tourism ad campaign featuring Jane Lynch touting state attractions https://chicago43rd.org/new-tourism-ad-campaign-featuring-jane-lynch-touting-state-attractions/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 12:36:02 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/new-tourism-ad-campaign-featuring-jane-lynch-touting-state-attractions/ Illinois invites visitors to get “in the middle of it all” with a new tourism ad campaign showcasing the state as a center of culture, food, history and outdoor adventure. The ad campaign, featuring actress and author Jane Lynch as Illinois’ official tour guide, is aimed at accelerating the recovery of tourism in the state. […]]]>

Illinois invites visitors to get “in the middle of it all” with a new tourism ad campaign showcasing the state as a center of culture, food, history and outdoor adventure.

The ad campaign, featuring actress and author Jane Lynch as Illinois’ official tour guide, is aimed at accelerating the recovery of tourism in the state. Lynch will also direct the commercials.

The television ads will air in 20 markets across Illinois — including Spanish in Chicago — and seven neighboring states, as well as on cable television nationwide. A print campaign will include local and national print and digital media, billboards and other signage.


“This campaign is an important next step in helping our state’s tourism recovery and positions Illinois for future growth and success that our entire state can rally around – helping our economy, increasing tax revenue and putting people back to work,” Governor JB Pritzker said. said when announcing the campaign at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. “As tourists prepare for a busy summer season, we welcome visitors from near and far to find themselves in the middle of all that Illinois has to offer.”

Popular attractions featured in the campaign include Springfield Historic Sites, Historic Route 66, Chicago, Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, and the Grafton Sky Tour.

“I loved every minute of working on this project to promote tourism in my home country and I’m so proud to finally see it come to life,” Lynch said. “I am grateful for Governor Pritzker’s enthusiasm and support for this new Illinois tourism marketing campaign. We share the same passion for Illinois, its people, its culture and the wonderful attractions of the state.

Lynch is an Illinois-born actress, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, and New York Times bestselling author. She is an alumna of Chicago’s Second City and the Steppenwolf Theatre.

The $30.3 million campaign supports the state’s tourism and hospitality industry, which employed more than 600,000 people statewide before the pandemic.

For more information, visit online at enjoyillinois.com/middle-of-everything.

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New Field Museum Exhibit Features Poems Inspired by Museum Attractions for National Poetry Month https://chicago43rd.org/new-field-museum-exhibit-features-poems-inspired-by-museum-attractions-for-national-poetry-month/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 12:35:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/new-field-museum-exhibit-features-poems-inspired-by-museum-attractions-for-national-poetry-month/ CHICAGO — The Field Museum’s new exhibit is for poetry lovers — and comes just in time for National Poetry Month. The exhibit, titled “Poems by Eric Elshtain,” opened last week and features nine graphic panels of poetry by Eric Elshtain, the museum’s poet-in-residence since 2017. It features poems in English and Spanish on signs […]]]>

CHICAGO — The Field Museum’s new exhibit is for poetry lovers — and comes just in time for National Poetry Month.

The exhibit, titled “Poems by Eric Elshtain,” opened last week and features nine graphic panels of poetry by Eric Elshtain, the museum’s poet-in-residence since 2017. It features poems in English and Spanish on signs near museum attractions that inspired them, according to a press release. The exhibition will continue until April 2023.

Museum favorites — including SUE the T. rex, Maximo the Titanosaur, and a model coelacanth — have poems honoring them.

The exhibit also features poetry installations near the meteorite exhibit; near a duck-billed dinosaur; to the model of Lucy, a 3.2 million year old hominid; and in “Evolving Planet”; among other spots.

Pop-up events with Elshtain will take place on Thursdays. Attendance is included with general admission tickets.

Guests can read and compose poems in the Mammal of Asia dioramas, where Elshtain is located, from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Guests can also invent their own animals using poetry with Elshtain from 10 a.m. to noon on April 28.

Guests interested in the exhibit can also see Elshtain around the museum with his typewriter, performing exhibits and exhibits.

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Out and About WRAL.com https://chicago43rd.org/out-and-about-wral-com/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 17:47:57 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/out-and-about-wral-com/ Southeast Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction Categories: Shopping & Retail, Arts, Attractions, Community Visit their website Pricing information: Early: $250.00 (ends Sunday, May 29); late registration: $300.00 (begins Monday, May 30); and $80.00 for the optional Friday dinner and evening presentation. On June 10-11, the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanical Garden are […]]]>

Southeast Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction

Categories: Shopping & Retail, Arts, Attractions, Community

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Pricing information: Early: $250.00 (ends Sunday, May 29); late registration: $300.00 (begins Monday, May 30); and $80.00 for the optional Friday dinner and evening presentation.

On June 10-11, the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanical Garden are combining resources to host the 4th Southeast Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction. This year’s program is live and in person in bustling downtown Raleigh and online internationally.

“The Southeast Plant Symposium is designed for serious gardeners, people who love plants, nurserymen, nurserymen, horticulturists, botanists, plant nerds and plantaholics,” Weathington said. “It’s top notch, featuring many of the world’s top experts in botany and horticulture. If you want to learn more about plants, we want you there.”

Expert presenters include:

· Eleftherios Dariotis (aka Liberto Dario on social media), horticultural genius, Athens, Greece

Dan Hinkley, Planter and Founder, Gardens of Windcliff, and Emeritus Director and Founder, Heronswood, Indianola and Kingston, WA

Kelly D. Norris, Gardener, Curator, Artist and Owner, Three Oaks Garden, Nationally Renowned Garden Designer, Des Moines, IA

Peter Zale, Ph.D., Associate Director of Conservation, International Plant Explorer, Plant Breeding and Collections, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

Tony Avent, Founder and Co-Owner, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh, North Carolina

Ian Caton, co-owner, Wood Thrush Natives, Floyd, VA

Shannon Currey, Marketing Manager, Hoffman Nursery, Rougemont, NC

Janet Draper, Chief Horticulturist, Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Richard Hawke, Plant Assessment Manager, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL

Hayes Jackson, Urban Regional Extension Officer, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL

Adrienne Roethling, Executive Director, Paul J. Ciener Botanic Garden, Kernersville, North Carolina

“We hope you will join us for two days of intense discussions and the chance to visit both the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Juniper Level Botanical Garden,” said Tony Avent, founder and owner of the Juniper Level Botanical Garden ( JLBG). “You will have the opportunity to chat with the speakers and participate in the now famous auction of rare plants.

“Many of the plants up for auction will not be found anywhere else in the world. We want to get the plants out wherever we can, conserving them for science and for the benefit of all.

“We promise you’ll walk away with a head full of gardening information and new plants you never thought possible,” Avent added.

The Southeast Plant Symposium is presented by Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs.

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The Kardashians Ride Disneyland Attractions Alone As Furious Fans Wait – Orange County Register https://chicago43rd.org/the-kardashians-ride-disneyland-attractions-alone-as-furious-fans-wait-orange-county-register/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/the-kardashians-ride-disneyland-attractions-alone-as-furious-fans-wait-orange-county-register/ The Kardashians made headlines on a recent trip to Disneyland when they lined up and jumped on rides all by themselves while crowds were made to wait while the reality TV stars enjoyed Mad Tea Party and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Kim Kardashian, her sister Khloe and their children have ‘sparked outrage’ after a viral […]]]>

The Kardashians made headlines on a recent trip to Disneyland when they lined up and jumped on rides all by themselves while crowds were made to wait while the reality TV stars enjoyed Mad Tea Party and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Kim Kardashian, her sister Khloe and their children have ‘sparked outrage’ after a viral TikTok video showed them riding the Mad Tea Party surrounded by 15 empty tea cups as ‘angry’ and ‘angry’ visitors were waiting in a “massive” queue for the Fantasyland attraction, according to the Daily Mail.

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“You can’t sit with us! shouted the headline of the Daily Mail. “Massive crowds forced to wait while the Kardashians enjoy teacups and a Dumbo ride with EMPTY seats at Disneyland on $3,000 VIP tour.”

Photos posted to Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account show the family also riding the otherwise empty Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction during their day at the Anaheim theme park, according to the UK. Daily mail.

Social media photos show the Kardashians being escorted throughout the park by a Disneyland Guest Relations cast member in a familiar red and green plaid vest. The reality TV stars paid $2,975 for a VIP Disneyland tour that included priority access to the rides, according to the Daily Mail.

SEE ALSO: Disneyland’s Iconic Song “It’s a Small World” Inducted into Library of Congress Music Registry

Kardashian’s trip to Disneyland with VIP treatment “highlighted the difficulty of being one of the most famous families on the planet,” according to TMZ.

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Dinosaur Attractions in the Midwest https://chicago43rd.org/dinosaur-attractions-in-the-midwest/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 18:00:49 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/dinosaur-attractions-in-the-midwest/ If you have any dinosaur fans at home, you know they can’t seem to stop stomping around or sharing their latest dinosaur fact. Did you know that chickens are descendants of dinosaurs? Or that dinosaur fossils have been found on all seven continents? Let’s just say that dinosaurs aren’t going out of style anytime soon. […]]]>

If you have any dinosaur fans at home, you know they can’t seem to stop stomping around or sharing their latest dinosaur fact. Did you know that chickens are descendants of dinosaurs? Or that dinosaur fossils have been found on all seven continents?

Let’s just say that dinosaurs aren’t going out of style anytime soon. As dinosaurs continue to rule the world, there are a few Chicagoland attractions to get your dino fix like the Field Museum and the Bess Bower Dunn Museum.

But do you want to go on the ultimate dinosaur hunt? Check out these midwestern dino-mite spots your whole family will love. And for more family travel fun, check out these Midwest Caves and waterfalls.

Note: Due to COVID-19, health and safety protocols may apply at some of these locations. Be sure to call before you go to find out what’s expected before going there.

Illinois

Bess Bower Dunn Museum

In the museum’s Lake County Prehistoric Collection, stand next to the world’s most scientifically accurate Dryptosaurus, complete with fleshy skin, protoplumes, and claws. Then try to dig a pit to find an ancient treasure. Offers discounts on Tuesdays.

Burpee Natural History Museum

Take a look at Jane, the most complete juvenile T. rex. In his exhibition, Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur, you can see what happened during the 66 million years she was buried. Hence, see Homer, the Triceratops, in his exposition, Homer’s Odyssey. Also explore the Pleistocene in their Ice Age exhibit on the second floor.

Chicago Children’s Museum

Enter the museum dinosaur expedition. This recreation involves the team of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno exploring a recreated Saharan expedition. You can even find a life-size Suchomimus skeleton in a huge dinosaur pit. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.

Ice Age Giants

Until October 30, 2022

Brookfield Zoo and Dino Dan are bringing over 20 life-size animatronic recreations of giants that roamed the Earth during the Ice Age. The giants include the woolly mammoth, mastodon, giant bird, saber-toothed cat, giant ground sloths, giant rodent, giant ape, and short-faced bear.

Dino & Dragon Walk at Navy Pier

July 23-24, 2022

Seventy-five animatronic dinosaurs, most of which stand over 28 feet tall and span over 60 feet in length. See the T-Rex, Velociraptors, Stegosaurus and more. You can also explore dinosaur skeletons, fossils, eggs and more. Live music, fire-breathing dragons and walking dinosaurs too.

The field museum

We all know and love Sue, Chicago’s famous Tyrannosaurus rex and they have their own home in the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet. In the exhibition you will learn even more about Sue, a 12 meter long and 90% complete T. rex. Nor can you forget Máximo, the largest Titanosaur ever discovered!

Volo Automobile Museum

The indoor adventure Jurassic Gardens will feature more than 30 realistic animatronic dinosaurs, as well as an arcade, fossil dig, and “laboratory.” There is a gift shop and plenty of photo opportunities to capture the occasion.

Wisconsin

Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Hang out with over 20 meat-eating dinosaurs! In their exhibition, Little Clint: The Story of a Baby Dinosaur, kids can follow the journey of a juvenile T. rex (discovered in Montana) from birth to museum display. Participate in the “I spy activity”, in order to receive a prize at the end of your visit.

Milwaukee Public Museum

The Third Planet exhibit features dinosaurs in a diorama complete with the thunder and roar of a life-size replica of T. rex. The Milwaukee Public Museum was one of the first museums to recreate life-size models of dinosaurs in their natural habitat. To see Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family until May 18, 2022.

University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

Kids will dig Edmontosaurus and Triceratops, plus a room full of other dinosaurs in this little “gem” of a museum. Stick around and explore other real gems, cool fluorescent display and alien geology.

Indiana

Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Dinosaurs outside the building welcome guests, but you’ll find even more inside. Inside, visitors can explore the new Dinosphere into five immersive experiences. They include Giants Jurassic, Creatures of the Cretaceous, Monsters of the Mesozoic Seas, Art Lab, and Paleo Lab.

Michigan

Canterbury Village Dino & Dragon Ride

May 19-22, 27-29, 2022

Find 75 animatronic dinosaurs, most of which are over 28 feet tall and span over 60 feet in length. See the T-Rex, Velociraptors, Stegosaurus and more. You can also explore dinosaur skeletons, fossils, eggs and more. Live music, fire-breathing dragons and walking dinosaurs too.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Come face to face with the life-size skeleton of the T. rex, the jaws of a megalodon, the saber-toothed cat and mastodon demonstrations. Learn about the Ice Age, who survived it (and who didn’t), learn about the characteristics of dinosaurs, and more.

dinosaur garden

Reopening May 22, 2022

  • Address: 11160 US-23, Ossineke
  • Cost: $3/fossil dig, $6/mini golf, $10/walking tour, $24.99/dinosaur pass, $34.99/dinosaur plus pass, $39.99/explorer pass

This one-of-a-kind park, which opened in the 1930s, is full of life-size reproductions of dinosaurs, including pterodactyls, T. rex and the mighty triceratops. The dinosaurs are placed in a natural landscape and guests can pose with the statues. There are plenty of photo opportunities with a fossil dig, mini-golf, and frozen yogurt bar.

Prehistoric amusement park

Retro vibe at this roadside attraction with life-size fiberglass dinosaurs and a man-made volcano. Once upon a time, this attraction was booming but fell victim to diverted highways. You can still see the dinosaurs, but since this park is on private property, you need to get permission from the owner first.

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

To explore The evolution of life through time exhibit, which showcases the five major extinction events and how life passed through them, as well as the Exploring Michigan exhibit, which takes guests back through Michigan’s history to explore the animals that once lived in our state. There are also complete male and female Mastodon skeletons.

Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Meet “Happy,” a 70-foot-long “Haplocanthosaurus delfsi” sauropod, and other dinosaur friends in the Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life. You’ll also find Coelophysis Bauri, the museum’s oldest dinosaur (closed during construction; check online for updates on the reopening of this exhibit). Advance tickets are required.

COSI: Center for Science and Industry

Admire a life-size cast skeleton of a T. rex or the 18-meter-long metal model of the long-necked Apatosaurus. Thanks to a unique partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, there are many interactive and educational elements to learn.

Orton Geological Museum

Arrange a free tour of the museum gallery by calling or emailing the museum. All ages are welcome to visit and there are even virtual tours available. Visitors will enjoy taking photos with life-size skeletons of their favorite dinosaurs and viewing other prehistoric fossils.

Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota

Have a chance to see one of four real Triceratops on display around the world. Additionally, it is the largest complete specimen in the museum on display. You also can’t miss the 80-foot-long Diplodocus that your kids will love taking a picture with.

Kansas

Fick Fossil and History Museum

You can see the oldest known mosasaur fossil, with its eye socket intact, as well as over 11,000 shark teeth and a 15-foot Xiphactinus Audax.

Research Station: Dinosaurs

Your children will be amazed by the 10 dinosaur-infested acres with 40 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Find out which dinosaurs were unique to Kansas, then dig for fossils and play Jurassic Golf, explore the Raptor Maze and more.

Keystone Gallery

Spot a 20-foot Mosasaur and a 14-foot Xiphactinus, as well as other fish, turtle, and bird fossils.

KU Natural History Museum

Take a photo with Annabelle, a Camarasaurus 140 million years old and 15 meters long. There’s also the skeleton of one of the earliest vertebrates, Pteranodon, and a 16-foot-long bony fish, Xiphactinus, which was first discovered in Kansas in the 1850s.

Prairiefire Museum

Meet AMNH 5027, the first complete T. rex ever assembled by famed paleontologist and Kansas native Barnum Brown. The Discovery Room awaits those interested in more hands-on fun, including paleontology.

World Treasures Museum

  • Address: 835 E. 1st St., Wichita
  • Cost: $9.95/adults, $8.95/seniors 65+, $7.95/4-12 years old, free/3 years old and under, $32.95/family day pass: 2 adults, 2 young people (prices do not include tax)

Dinosaur fans can hail Ivan the T. rex, Cutie the Daspletosaurus and Ed the Edmontosaurus, as well as a number of other prehistoric fossils. For more interactive fun, there’s a fossil and cast touch station.

Sternberg Museum

Walk through the land and sea diorama with a life-size animated model of a T. rex. Have you ever seen a fish in a fish fossil? This, and other fossils from the Cretaceous period, can be found here.

South Dakota

dinosaur park

Get lost in this totally fun road diversion, Dinosaur Park, which attracts travelers and dinosaur enthusiasts with its life-size concrete and steel dinosaur sculptures.

Do you know of any other dinosaur spots in the Midwest? Tell us about them in the comments so we can add them to our list.


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Western Music Students Participate in Chicago Workshops and Visit Attractions | Education News https://chicago43rd.org/western-music-students-participate-in-chicago-workshops-and-visit-attractions-education-news/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/western-music-students-participate-in-chicago-workshops-and-visit-attractions-education-news/ WATERLOO — Students in West High School’s choir, orchestra and band programs left Friday for a music department trip to Chicago. About 86 students are participating in the voluntary trip, which includes educational band, choir and orchestra workshops at the VanderCook School of Music. Groups will also visit several fun and educational attractions over the […]]]>

WATERLOO — Students in West High School’s choir, orchestra and band programs left Friday for a music department trip to Chicago.

About 86 students are participating in the voluntary trip, which includes educational band, choir and orchestra workshops at the VanderCook School of Music. Groups will also visit several fun and educational attractions over the weekend. The music department typically schedules out-of-state trips involving performance or clinical experience every three years.






West High School choir, orchestra and band students pack instruments and luggage onto their buses as they prepare to travel to Chicago on Friday. Students will participate in music workshops at the VanderCook School of Music.


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“Our students will have the chance to work with college principals who will reinforce many of the concepts taught in our music classrooms at West,” band manager Jason Dobbs said in an email. “We try to expose our musicians to different perspectives and unique techniques that can spark a deeper understanding of musical concepts that they can apply in their choir, orchestra, and band experience at West HS. We hope that our students will come away from this trip even more enthusiastic about the music and with an added understanding that they can share with their classmates.”

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Students will also visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the John Hancock Tower Observation Deck, Navy Pier, and the Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum. The group will attend the Broadway musical “The King and I” at the Drury Lane Theatre.

“Culturally, our students will experience a different region of the United States and some of Chicago’s unique iconic landmarks,” Dobbs said. “For many of our students, they may never have been to a big city like Chicago and the wonderful museums and other landmarks they will discover. Taking musical trips is also a way for our children to bond more deeply in as a school community, sharing memorable experiences together.”

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Iowa to use federal pandemic dollars for ‘plug and play’ attractions | national news https://chicago43rd.org/iowa-to-use-federal-pandemic-dollars-for-plug-and-play-attractions-national-news/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/iowa-to-use-federal-pandemic-dollars-for-plug-and-play-attractions-national-news/ Bittersweet Juneau Wreck Discovery for Sullivans and Families Update April 4, 2022 WATERLOO – Saturday’s discovery of the wreck of the USS Juneau, on which the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo served and perished with nearly 700 shipmates during World War II, was a moving and bittersweet experience for descendants of deceased sailors. “There […]]]>

]]> Top 23 Attractions and Things to Do in Chicago – Fodors Travel Guide https://chicago43rd.org/top-23-attractions-and-things-to-do-in-chicago-fodors-travel-guide/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 18:47:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/top-23-attractions-and-things-to-do-in-chicago-fodors-travel-guide/ Discover the best things to do in Chicago. Chicago is truly a world class city. Full of beauty, great food and historic landmarks, there is no shortage of places to visit and attractions to discover. Famous for its deep pizza, Mag Mile shopping and beautiful river walk, there is an activity for everyone. So whether […]]]>

Discover the best things to do in Chicago.

Chicago is truly a world class city. Full of beauty, great food and historic landmarks, there is no shortage of places to visit and attractions to discover. Famous for its deep pizza, Mag Mile shopping and beautiful river walk, there is an activity for everyone. So whether you want to take in the view from the top of the Willis Tower, visit the Bean in Millennium Park, or dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you’re sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

CTA and Metra trains are convenient, making almost any neighborhood easily accessible and a short drive away. Getting out of downtown and into the neighborhoods that make Chicago such a beautiful cultural melting pot is highly recommended. Eat tacos in Pilsen, learn about black history in Bronzeville, or discover President Obama’s former playground in Hyde Park. Here’s your ultimate guide to some of the best things to see and do in Chicago.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT CHICAGO?Chicago winters are cold, no joke, but the off-season can be the perfect time to visit world-class museums. Spring and fall offer mild weather for sightseeing, and while summers can be hot and humid, the city is teeming with festivals, alfresco dining, and waterfront entertainment.

Please note that the COVID pandemic is ongoing and restrictions may be in place in Chicago. Visit the official website of the City of Chicago for the latest tips and information.

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