The Chicago Field Museum Summer Guide

There’s nothing like food and fitness with a side of dinosaur. ?

The Chicago Field Museum partnered with The Near South Planning Board to create two new wellness series for the summer. “Field Market Days” and “Fitness at The Field” will be hosted at the south and northwest terraces of the museum, and their greatest feature is that they’re both entirely free.

First, here’s a little background on the Chicago Field Museum:


The museum is derived from the Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which was a 400th-year-anniversary celebration of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the New World. The Columbian Historical Association formed to execute the museum’s plan, and with much public support and large donations, the museum was created in 1984, with its goal being to be a memorial for the World’s Columbian Exposition and an overall gift to the city. Named after its founding donor, Marshall Field (founder of the late Chicago department store, Marshall Field’s), this museum of science and history offers over 20 million ancient artifacts and exhibits, from mummies and dinosaurs to insects and continents.

The Chicago Field Museum steps away from the historical aspects of their museum this summer to offer wellness opportunities with these two events. Here’s the details:


Chicago Field Museum

Field Market Days

Get everything from fresh food and craft beer to live music and lakefront views with this series. Local businesses and vendors will offer local produce, prepared foods, and other goods at the Field Market Days’ farmer’s market to people of all ages.


Here is the list of local artists performing:

  • Laura Joy

  • Bryan Wilkinson

  • Mississippi Gabe Carter

  • Ethan Taylor Sellers

Field Market Days will take place on the south terrace of the museum on the following dates:

  • May 28

  • June 25

  • July 30

  • August 20

  • September 17

This series will run from 2-6 p.m on these dates.

Chicago Field Museum

Fitness at the Field

You can choose from a variety of group exercise classes hosted by local gyms and studios. These classes will be held on the northeast terrace of the museum. They will meet every Sunday from June 28-August 28 (excluding July 3), and will start at 8 a.m.

Here are the current options for fitness classes:

  • Kickboxing
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

You can learn more about the Chicago Field Museum’s summer events and exhibits on their website.

Photo Credit: Dinosaur Stop

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