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See T-Rex Skull at Free Conservation Expo

Conservation Expo (CONEX) will bring together Chicago area organizations, agencies and small businesses to celebrate environmental awareness, human culture and sustainable living from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 11, at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, in Palos Hills.

CONEX has live animals, live music, a life-sized T-rex skull from the Field Museum and helpful information tables from organizations including the Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo and Indiana Dunes National Park. The event is expected to attract approximately 2,000 people. CONEX is also a food/craft fair, featuring dozens of small business vendors selling locally made products such as Fat Tommy’s all-beef hot dogs and ice cream, Doughs Guys cupcakes, scarves, essential oils, candles, photography, floral arrangements and handmade jewelry.

CONEX is sponsored by nonprofit Homes4Monarchs, which creates and distributes free, native-plant seed-packets throughout Chicagoland to help save the monarch butterfly and other native pollinators.

Admission is free. Location: 8015 W. 111 St., Palos Hills. For more information, visit, and