Forget the Bears. Forget Wrigley Field. Forget the Sears Tower Big Willie.

If you’re in Chicago, what you really want to do is head over to the amazing Field Museum. They’ve just opened a small exhibit, The Romance of Ants, a life-size comic book story about Field Museum ant expert Corrie Moreau and her fascination with the little creatures.

photos by Karen Bean

The exhibit features artwork by cartoonist Alexandra Westrich, live harvester ants, and some familiar looking photographs by, um, me. I’ve not been up to see Romance of Ants in person yet, so I can’t vouch for it other than to say it looks stylish from from the photos. But consider this: the display has already gone over so well that the museum decided to extend it for an extra year, until January 2012.

If you don’t get a chance to see it, there’s also a web page.