Byline: Nancy Brumback

The bodacious bovines from last year’s Cow Parade exhibit may be gone, but if you’re in town for this month’s Stylemax market, you can ogle an even bigger beast: Sue, the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex.
Sue — all 42 feet of her — made her debut last May at the Field Museum, where she dominates the main hall. She’s billed as the world’s largest and most complete T. rex skeleton, with 90 percent of her fossilized bones in place.
And if Sue isn’t beast enough for you, check out the intergalactic critters in the museum’s “Star Wars” exhibit of art, props, costumes and other memorabilia from the movie trilogy. The Field Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive. For additional information, call the museum at 312-922-9410.
A few minutes’ walk away on Chicago’s lakefront “museum campus” is the Shedd Aquarium (open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, weekends from 9 to 6; 312-939-2438.) Its newest permanent exhibit, “Amazon Rising,” is a re-creation of the Amazon River basin that’s home to some 250 species — including piranha, birds, sloths and snakes.
The starry-eyed should head next door to the Adler Planetarium, where the world premiere of an exhibition of photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope is on view. Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 312-922-STAR.
To see the precursors to today’s power ties, visit the recently opened exhibit “Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles,” featuring 70 rare examples of Chinese textiles, at the Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan Avenue at Adams Street, 312-443-3600.
There are also beasts for the sports-minded. The much-beloved Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field, at 7:35 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Soldier Field is on Lake Shore Drive just south of Roosevelt Road. For ticket information, call 847-615-2327.
The Chicago Blackhawks, the city’s pro hockey team, plays Columbus at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. (If you’re in town early, there’s a Blackhawks game against Detroit at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.) Both games will be played at the United Center, at 1901 West Madison Street; tickets are available at the box office or by calling Ticketmaster, 312-559-1212.
Chicago may be better known for its sports scene, but there’s plenty to keep theater buffs busy, too — such as “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” presented by The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. Tickets are available from the box office at 312-595-5600.