Food: The Nature of Eating Opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

For all of the non-stop eating that goes on in our country, we don't devote too much time thinking about what is behind what we put in our mouths every day.

Food: The Nature of Eating is a new exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum that invites you to think about the journey that food makes on its way to your mouth. From a look at Illinois agriculture when it was known as the “Prairie State” to the iconic stockyards and even a exploration of how modern restaurants like Elizabeth incorporate foraged items in to their menus.

We toured this exhibit last week and I especially loved the nods to Chicago’s rich food history – from the stockyards (where little visitors can don conductor attire) to the look at recent updates to ballpark fare at Wrigley Field thanks to the Rickett’s family interest in bison meat.

Interactive touch points for kids include a table with dry erase plates where visitors are invited to “draw” their dinner and another table with plastic food, plates and utensils to “serve” a meal to family and friends.

The Museum has added one other interactive element – visitors are asked to upload pictures of their families connecting with food. Some of these photos will be featured in the actual exhibit.

This exhibit will run through September 8 and is included with the price of regular admission.

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