T.rex Tuesday - Revisiting Sue in Chicago

My first visit with Sue, in Feb. 2015 at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

My first visit with Sue, in Feb. 2015 at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Wow! Is 2018 already 1/12 of the way over? Slow down, year! Whoa, I say! It seems like we were just ringing in the new year, and now we're already celebrating our last T.rex Tuesday of January. This is also the last T.rex Tuesday before Sue's deinstallation at the Field Museum in Chicago. As we have mentioned here before, they are scheduled to come down next Monday to begin their big move to a new feature exhibition in a repurposed theater upstairs. A lot of changes will be made to the specimen to reflect the things discovered while studying this and other T.rex specimens. All in all, we're pretty excited.

We first visited the Field Museum of Chicago back in 2015, just three years ago. At that point, I had already lived in Chicago for over two years, but had been kept exceptionally busy by my job. I wasn't the only one with T.rex fever that day. Sue had a lot of admirers, and the area around their exhibit in the grand hall was busy for the entirety of my visit.

I'll admit to having mixed emotions about the impending changes. Sue in the hall is pretty much how I've always known the Field. It took me five solid visits to get all the way through the museum (boy, it's big.) But I always came back to Sue. At the same time, she gets lost in the overall presentation in the grand hall. It's really a big space. Overall, I am enthusiastic to see the changes and updates. (Gastralia!)  Correcting the science is never a bad thing, and seeing Sue in a focused exhibition space will afford some additional context that her present display is lacking.

Sue will begin their big move on Monday at noon. The process will take the month of February, and their new location will take about a year to prepare. Around June, the new feature for the Field Hall will begin taking shape. The new dinosaur, a cast of Patagotitan mayorum, a massive sauropod from Argentina. Along with several pterosaurs and a group of hanging gardens, the display should do a much better job of filling the available space.

A look at Sue's overall place in the grand hall. While she's spectacular, she kind of gets lost. The new Titanosaur display will be a bit better of a fit.

A look at Sue's overall place in the grand hall. While she's spectacular, she kind of gets lost. The new Titanosaur display will be a bit better of a fit.