The Local is a celebration of some of the finest Northern Illinois restaurants, craft breweries, vineyards and local music. Come experience a picturesque riverfront setting while sampling craft beers, wine, pizza, and tasty treats while listening to the music of The Stevee Nix and Clutch Cargo on the Rock River at The Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Note: This event is 21 and over

Only 600 tickets are available at $55 general admission and $75 VIP. Don’t miss the VIP upgrade which includes an individual membership to Burpee, and all the perks of membership, for a full year.

Eat and drink to your heart’s content as each ticket is all inclusive! That means samples of craft beer, a wine tasting and food from over 30 food stations.

The Local is the museum’s largest fundraising event and proceeds go toward educational programs, new exhibits, operational costs and upgrades to Burpee Museum of Natural History. Tickets at Burpee and at Alpine Bank locations.

Please join us by buying tickets, being a volunteer or being a sponsor. In case of rain, the event will be he held inside Burpee.

The 2017 Local is shaping up to be the event of the summer!


We have a diverse collection of exhibits covering the spectrum of natural history; including “Jane” the juvenile Tyranosaurus Rex.

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Summer festival featuring local craft beer breweries, restaurants, pizzerias and music.

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A Place of Wonder

A face filled with wonder is a common sight at the Burpee Museum of Natural History.  Our many unique exhibits have been known to intrigue both the young and old onlookers.


It is the goal of Burpee Museum of Natural History for you to have an effortless event. The perfect setting at Burpee Museum can make all the difference in the feel and success of your event.

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It is the mission of Burpee Museum of Natural History to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation.

Upcoming Events

  1. The Local: Burpee Summer Fesitval

    August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. PaleoFest 2018

    March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - March 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm