"Slushies and Science" and "Free Days" Preview- The Field Museum welcomes all


Field Museum Pride event to highlight the science of sex
Proceeds will benefit homeless queer and trans youth in Chicago


Slushes and Science poster

The Field Museum’s LGBTQ affinity group Outfielders will host its second annual Out in the Field: Slushies and Science, which will take place on Tuesday, June 20, from 6-8pm, at Sidetrack (3349 N Halsted), one of Chicago’s largest gay bars. This year, there will be even more Field Museum scientists doing show-and-tells about some of nature’s most unusual sexual behavior, including fishes that switch from male to female, mushroom sex, and more.

Last year, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, Slushies and Science donated proceeds to Equality Florida to benefit the families of the victims. This year, the focus is on LGBTQ issues right here in Chicago. The Museum is partnering with Project Fierce, whose goal is to help homeless queer and trans youths. They just launched a fundraising campaign to raise 100K by September 1 to open operations this fall/winter.

From last year's first Out in the Field:Slushies and Science event

 “Everyone is welcome at The Field Museum year-round,” said Kate Golembiewski, an organizer of the event, “but Pride Month is a particularly fantastic opportunity for us to show our support for our LGBTQ visitors and staff.”

In previous years, the Field has participated in Chicago’s Pride parade, but due to changes in the parade length that limited the number of participants, the Museum is instead looking forward to exploring a different avenue for public engagement and celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month.

Tickets are being sold for $20 and include admission, snacks, and two drinks. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Project Fierce, a nonprofit dedicated to creating housing for LGBTQ youth in Chicago. Donations beyond the ticket price will also be accepted. To register, please visit the Field Museum website.

Bushman the Gorilla

                                              Field Museum "Free Days" are back!

What: The Field Museum’s ever popular “Free Days” are back! Illinois residents will be treated to free basic admission on specific dates from July through December. A 74-dollar savings for a family of four, free days are an opportunity for visitors to discover – or rediscover – the wonders of the Museum, which contains one of the world’s most extensive natural history collections. From ancient mummies to millions-of-years-old dinosaurs, visit The Field Museum on their Free Days for an interactive journey of scientific discovery unlike any other.

Illinois residents must show valid proof of residency. Visit fieldmuseum.org/freedays for details.

When: August 10, 28, 31; September 10, 11, 23, (ID Day), 24, October 9, 22, 23, 31; November 12, 19; and December 3, 24 from 9am to 5pm

Where: The Field Museum: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Il. 60605


Details: With proof of residency, Illinois residents can enjoy free Basic admission on specified free days from June through December. Visitors that want to upgrade to an All-Access Pass, which includes access to Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life, TattooCyrus Tang Hall of China, and a 3D movie, can do so at a cost of 20 dollars for adults and 14 dollars for children ages 3-11. Seniors and students may purchase All-Access Passes for 17 dollars. Tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition will also be available for a cost of 15 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children ages 3-11. Seniors and students may purchase tickets to Jurassic World for 14 dollars.

Back by popular demand, the Field Museum will host its fourth annual Identification Day on September 23 (a Free Day for Illinois residents) from 10am to 2pm. Is there a mysterious fossil that you found while backpacking, or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects to the Museum in order for world-renowned scientists to identify them! Stop by, with or without mystery objects, to see (and touch) the scientific specimens out on display.

Guardian Lions from The Cyrus Tang Hall of China

Journey into The Field Museum’s vast collections with Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life. From rare deep sea-dwelling creatures to fossil brains to meteorites, there are over 30 million specimens and artifacts tucked away on shelves, in bins and cabinets, glass jars and acres of wooden drawers. They’re significant not only because of their number, but also because of the stories they tell. Scientists from around the world are using our collections every day to make discoveries, solve mysteries, and explore the wonder of the natural world. Together, these specimens weave a tapestry of life in our universe: what has been, what is, and what is still unknown. Join us on a quest to uncover the secrets these objects hold and to return to moments in time otherwise lost forever.

Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.  Tattoos have a storied and diverse past, with practices dating back at least 5,000 years.  Indelibly marking one’s skin has signified passage into adulthood, a sense of community, healing, art, punishment, and personal identity.  The new exhibition at The Field Museum, Tattoo, examines myriad and dynamic practices of tattooing around the world and throughout time-- from Japan, Polynesia, the US, Europe, North Africa, and points beyond.  The exhibition includes a thoughtful exploration of a new generation of practitioners who are creating new forms of expression, while drawing upon the great ritual and artistic practices of the past. This exhibition closes September 4, 2017.

Tsavo Lions

Discover a culture of deep tradition and dynamic change in The Field Museum’s new permanent exhibition, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China. Through textiles, rubbings, bronzes, ceramics, and sculpture travel across thousands of years of history of one of the world’s most influential civilizations.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World, blending real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment. Guests will walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates to get up close to the towering dinosaurs, some more than 24 feet tall, and explore the Park through a specially guided tour. Once onsite, visitors will experience the family-friendly Gentle Giants Petting Zoo; step behind the glass into The Hammond Creation Lab; get a special preview of Jurassic World’s top-secret project, the Indominus rex; and go inside the Raptor Training Paddock


The Field Museum

All images courtesy of The Field Museum, Chicago

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