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Just Opened at the Field:  Mammoths and Mastodons:  Titans of the Ice Age

Move over SUE.  Lyuba, a 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth, is the most complete mammoth ever discovered.  Currently she is stealing a little of the spotlight from the Field Museum's beloved dinosaur SUE.  But not to worry, SUE is part of the Museum's permanent exhibit.  Lyuba is here for the Field Museum’s new interactive exhibition Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age which opened March 5 and will be on view until September 6, 2010 when, sadly, it must close and Lyuba will be gone.  The new exhibit allows visitors to mingle with Lyuba and other giant pre-historic creatures including short-faced bears and saber-toothed cats.  Visitors are encouraged to touch the furry creatures-- after all they don't bite.  They can also create cave art and learn why these ancient species were both hunted and honored by early humans.  $22 adults, $18 seniors and students with ID, $15 children.  Through September 6, 2010.

While at the Museum check out…the Crown Family PlayLab.  Dad and Mom or Grandpa and Grandma can chill out while the kids dig up fossils, conduct a symphony or paint a masterpiece. 

Coming April 2:  kip fulbeck:  part asian, 100% hapa.


EAT inside the Museum at McDonalds or the Corner Bakery.

Or EAT NEARBY at OPERA—a blend of Chinese cuisine with modern presentations.  Opera is open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30a.m. to 2p.m.  Try one of Opera’s special lunch boxes that feature soup, entrée, side and dessert all for $14.95 (dine in only).  Dinner hours are Sunday through Thursday, 5p.m. to 10p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 5p.m. to 11:30p.m.  1301 S. Wabash, (312) 461 0161.  Valet parking available for $10.

The Field Museum came to be as a result of the 1893 Columbian Exposition and was originally named the Columbian Museum of Chicago.  It was established in 1893 (in a different local) along with The Art Institute, Marshall Field & Company and the Chicago Public Library.  What an exciting time for the Windy City.

Museum hours 9a.m. to 5p.m. (last admission 4p.m.)  1400 S. Lake Shore Drive.  (312) 922 9410.

Parking is available in all four lots on the Museum Campus for $16 for the first 4 hours and $19 thereafter.

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