This section includes zoos, aquariums and natural history museums in the Chicago area. Why? Fantastical creatures in steampunk tales are often based on real ones. And some steampunk artists have used animal forms as inspiration for their work. The gear icon indicates locations likely to be of particular interest to steampunks.

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Brookfield, IL, USA

Brookfield Zoo is a zoo in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. . .

Wheaton, IL, USA

Cosley Zoo is an AZA-accredited zoo in Wheaton, Illinois. . .

Kenosha, WI, USA

Dinosaur Discovery Museum is dedicated to the exploration and explication of the relationship between modern birds and ancient carnivorous biped dinosaurs. . .


Chicago, IL, USA

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is one of the largest such museums in the world. . .

Lisle, IL, USA

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is a natural history museum on the campus of Benedictine University. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo in Lincoln Park in Chicago. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum focuses on the natural history of the Chicago region. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago. . .

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