With future paleontologists in tow, it usually means that we’ll be visiting every dinosaur exhibit in Chicagoland. Lucky for us, one of our fav dinosaur museums had added a new dinosaur to view. Not just any dinosaur, but THE largest one ever found. So on our latest summer adventures, we visited Máximo, a titanosaur, who had just made his home at The Field Museum in Chicago. My kids were happy to tick this off our summer bucket list!
Move over Sue (for now), there’s a new dinosaur in town!
Our experience visiting The Field Museum:
After a quick lunch in the basement (gotta grab those Chicago-style hot dogs from Kim & Carlo’s hot dog stand in front of the museum), we were ready to meet Máximo, the Titanosaur. After stepping off the elevator, we saw his towering presence in Stanley Field Hall. Seeing this gigantic dinosaur is sort of a big deal. It is, after all, the largest dinosaur that scientists have discovered.
Since Máximo is a cast, the kids were able to get up close and personal with this titanic dinosaur. They were able to touch his toes and go underneath his rib cage. Fun!
And yes, you can still see Máximo’s real bones displayed (five of them) including its 8-foot femur.
Since Máximo is so large, trying to take a photo of the entire cast can be challenging. Don’t worry — just head to the second floor (east side) where you’ll come face to face with a Quetzalcoatl and an awesome view of Máximo (and his backside).
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Want a selfie with Máximo? Stay on the second floor then head to the north side where you’ll get a great view of the head. It looks like he’s already saying cheese, don’t you think?
Besides Maximo, my son was pretty excited to find a Quetzalcoatl and other flying reptiles. (As my son repeatedly corrected me, pterosaurs are not dinosaurs, but flying reptiles.)
So, you ask, where’s Sue? The Field Museum did not forget about Sue, she’s just being temporarily moved to her very suite. You can actually see the progress on the second floor as you go through the fun dinosaur-packed exhibit, Evolving Planet. Her new home should be completed next Spring.
Tips to enjoy visiting The Field Museum of Natural History:
- Visit on a free day (Illinois residents only)!
- Want a Chicago style hot dog? They have a cart located in front of the museum (located on the way to the East Entrance) that sells Chicago-style dogs. My husband always looks forward to eating it and once you smell the cart on the way in, you’ll definitely want to try some!
- If you want a unique gift or souvenir, go downstairs to their Dino Lab with a build-your-own dinosaur store.
- Do you have an ASTC membership? If you do, The Field Museum is a participating member. Love this program and its reciprocal partners!
- The 122-foot-long titanosaur takes up a third of the Museum’s Stanley Field Hall.
- They’ve added hanging gardens to Stanley Field Hall that are hydroponic, growing in inert volcanic rock and receiving water and fertilizer from the ceiling.
If you haven’t visited The Field Museum lately, now’s the time, especially if you have a dinosaur fan!
Location: 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Illinois
Ticket prices: Check website for admission.
Parking: We use the Soldier Field parking structure across the street. But they hiked up the price to $30. (ouch!)
Stroller-friendly? Yes, but on a busy day you’ll be waiting to get on the elevator.
Food: There is a bistro located on the main level.
Crowded: We visited on a Friday afternoon on a free day and yes, it was crowded but bearable.