Where else to get Jurassic

By Doug George, Chicago Tribune reporter

5:53 PM EDT, May 22, 2013


Where else to see dinosaurs if you can't make it to "Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo":

"Dinosaurs Alive!" at Brookfield Zoo: Life-size animatronic reptiles mix with the animal exhibits through Oct. 27. Including dinosaur newcomers (Styracosaurus and Pachycephalosaurus), the old favorites (Tyrannosaurus rex) and a 50-foot-long Shantungosaurus. 8400 31st St., Brookfield; tickets are $3-$5 above the standard admission of $10.50-$15 at czs.org

"Dinosaur Expedition" at the Chicago Children's Museum: See a life-size skeleton of Suchomimus and dig for bones in the excavation pit. 700 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier; $12; chicagochildrensmuseum.org

Field Museum: Our hometown dino, of course, is Sue, the world's largest and most complete T. rex skeleton. Plus now there's Jim, a 244 million-year-old fossil of a terrifying, sea-going Thalattoarchon saurophagis. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive; $10-$30

at 312-922-9410 or fieldmuseum.org

Burpee Museum of Natural History: Its T-rex, Jane, and the newly reconstructed Triceratops, Homer, aren't quite as big as Sue, but this Rockford spot is loaded with dino stuff. 737 N. Main St., Rockford; $8 at 815-965-3433 and burpee.org

Prehistoric Life Museum and Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop: It's almost as much a museum as a store. 704 Main St., Evanston; 847-866-7374 and davesdowntoearthrockshop.com

—Doug George