Dinosaurs Have Invaded Chicagoland!

Where to Catch Them While You Can

By Sara Yaniga, Macaroni Kid Chicago (Midtown) May 18, 2021

Chicagoland has been taken over by DINOSAURS!  If you have a junior paleontologist at home, or perhaps just someone who can tell the difference between a Brachiosaurus and Eropasaurus, then you are in luck.  Right now you can find dinosaurs at FIVE different locations in or around Chicago.  I have rounded them up for you, plus added some ways you can get a discount on your tickets!

Where To See Dinosaurs:

1) Grab a prehistoric passport and join over 40 giant moving dinosaurs on a globetrotting expedition at Dino Safari at the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, IL for a completely drive-thru dino adventure for the whole family!

Get up-close-and-personal with the most fascinating prehistoric creatures from the mighty T. rex of North America to the giant amphibious Spinosaurus from Africa while you learn how dinosaurs evolved over time, where on earth they lived, and the discoveries paleontologists have made about how they ate, moved, and behaved.

Beware: along the journey, earthquakes might erupt, dinosaurs could battle, and your family might just have to help save a baby dinosaur’s life! So, buckle up for the adventure of a lifetime in this completely COVID-safe experience! 

Dino Safari Drive-Thru @ Fox Valley Mall 
Valid Wednesdays - Fridays May 7th - May 21st!

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2) Get ready, get set to have a dino-mite time at the new Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru! The world’s premier DINOSAUR drive thru family experience!

Come see this larger than life exhibition at Now Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL!

The new Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru features over 70 life-like dinosaurs including the very popular T. Rex, Spinosaurus and Triceratops.

Experience the Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic, roaring dinosaurs from the comfort of your car! During the drive-thru experience, enjoy an engaging and informative digital audio tour featuring show entertainers and dino wranglers.

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru at Now Arena 
July 9th - 25th

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3) Make a date with your kids for this one-of-a-kind, COVID-friendly drive-thru adventure. Here's what you can expect:

  • 60 thrilling, museum quality, life-sized and animatronic dinosaurs that come alivewith their life-like movements and roars.
  • A hilariously engaging audio tour including fun facts about each dinosaur.
  • An interactive trivia game to play (and keep score!) as you go!

Want to learn more?  Click on the link below for more information!

Dinosaur Drive-Thru at Six Flags Great America 
May 13th - June 6th 

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4) Brookfield Zoo continues to have Dinos Everywhere through September 6, 2021!  Grab a map, channel your inner explorer and discover over 40 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than ever before!
Dinos Everywhere features acres of earth shakers, including the largest—Argentinosaurus—that was estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons.  

Timed entry tickets and parking must be purchased in advance.  Non-member tickets are $24.95 for guests 12 and older, $17.95 for ages 3 to 11 - parking is $13.39.  If you are have a Chicago Public Library card - stop by your local branch and see if the "Museum Passport" for Brookfield Zoo is available.  This will allow a family of four free-entry if not at capacity.

At the time of writing COVID safety measures are in place - including reduced capacity, masks and maintaining a safe distance. Please check for the most current information.

5) Looking for a tamer dinosaur experience?  Do not forget to visit Chicago's own Field Museum!  More than just the iconic SUE is waiting to be discovered at the Field Museum.  Here budding paleontologists can get answers to all of their dinosaur questions as they wander through the Hall of Dinosaurs or see Maximo, the biggest dinosaur discovered to date.  The Field Museum does offer ticket discounts for Chicago and Illinois visitors. A basic admission for those 12 and older ranges from $18 to $26 and $11 to $19 for guests ages 3 to 11.  There are pay to park lots located on Museum Campus, but it is easily accessible by CTA or even water taxi from Navy Pier.  If you are have a Chicago Public Library card - stop by your local branch and see if the "Museum Passport" for the Field Museum is available.  This will allow a family of four free-entry if not at capacity.

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