White Tigers, Mummies in Chicago

Amy Bertrand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 25, 2012

Call me crazy, but I love visiting Chicago in the winter. No crowds, good deals and as luck would have it, I've never had a problem with bad weather.

Now, there are two reasons to visit this winter.

White tigers: Now, through Feb. 12, visit royal white tigers at Navy Pier. See Gita, a Bengal white tiger and her two cubs, Kozmo and Kumal, as they make their first-ever Navy Pier appearance. During your visit, watch specially-trained handlers feed the tigers and learn about these rare animals through 90-minute "Tiger Talks." Admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and up) or $20 for a family pack which admits up to six.

Mummies: An unprecedented and limited-time exhibition will be on display at The Field Museum starting Feb. 17 and running through April 22. The exhibit includes more than 20 mummified individuals from Egypt and Peru held in The Field Museum's extensive collections, including complete humans and animals. The Museum obtained most of these remains from the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Many have not been on display since and are being shown in their original 19th century display cases. Tickets to Opening the Vaults: Mummies are included in both Discovery and All-Access passes to the Museum and are priced at $22-$29 for adults, $18-24 for seniors and students with ID, and $15-$20 for children 4-11.