A Day in Chicago
Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
7Trip End Sep 30, 2012
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We entered by the North Entrance and paid our fee. Then we started The Nature Walk by looking at the World of Birds on the main floor. There were so many birds from here and from all over the world. It was overwhelming. They had stuffed specimens which are very old. You couldn't even tell the true colors on a lot of them It was disappointing. From the World of Birds we went to the World of Mammals, Messages From the Wilderness, then Africa. We didn't make it to the 1/3 of that half of the main floor. We went down to the Ground Level to see the Inside Ancient Egypt Exhibit. I was disappointed that the Rockology Shop was closed. We went back up stairs to the main level and went through the Egyptian Tomb. Then we went thorugh The Ancient Americas, Northwest Coast and Arctic Peoples, and North American Indians. I was surprised to see a great section on the Hopewell Culture in Ohio. We had lunch at the Corner Bakery in the Museum. I got a chicken salad with walnuts, currants, sliced apples, blue cheese and croutons with balsamic vinagrette. Larry and Derek got ham sandwiches on a pretzel roll and chips. After lunch we went to the Upper Floor to see the Evolving Planet Exhibit and the Dinosaur Hall. We only got to see about 1/3 of that half of the upper floor
When we left the museum by the south entrance we went to find the Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. to sign up for their Signature Tour. When we got to the booth for tickets it said the last stop for today was at 2:00 due to the Chicago Classic Football Game at Soldier Field just down the street. It was 1:57, so we hurried to the buses and were able to purchase a ticket and get on the last bus. This is a narrated tour of 14 points of interest taking 2 hours if you don't hop on or off, which you are allowed to do. The stop after the Field Museum was the Sheraton Hotel. We got to go on Lower Wacker Drive which is underneath the street level part of Wacker Drive. It goes in a one way rectangle and was designed to reduce traffic congestion in the downtown. Service vehicles, delivery trucks and garbage trucks are not allow on upper Wacker Drive. Well, we didn't get off at the Sheraton. We wanted to get off at the Navy Pier where there are all kinds of shops, restaurants, museums, and rides, but there was a fire somewhere nearby and it snarled the traffic something fierce. There were so many people out as it was a beautiful day. So we took pictures from the bus and road to the next stop at the bottom of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. We decided to walk up the Magnificent Mile. It was so crowded with people, it was hard to move. Lots of people were not watching the crossing signs and lots of horns were honking and honking
She dropped us off at the Sky Deck at the Willis Tower aka Sears Tower. We went to get in line to go to the top and were told the wait was 1 1/2 hours. We didn't wait. When we got back on the next bus we were told that this was the last round of the tour. We got caught up in traffic again because they were filming a movie under the L train in the Loop. We had to detour because of it. We didn't get off at the Chicago Theatre but got off at Millenium Park where we saw The Cloud Gate, nicknamed the bean because of its shape. It is a large sculpture with a very reflective surface. We saw no less than 3 different wedding parties having pictures taken there
We got back to Rosemont Station after 6 and the sun was setting. We got the car and headed west of the airport to Lou Malnatis Pizza. When we go there, there were a lot of people in line and they told us it would take about 25 minutes to get a table but in the meantime we could have garlic bread with marinara sauce and a small piece of their thin crust pizza. It was only about 5 minutes until we were seated. Larry and Derek got a pitcher of Goose Island 312. Larry and Derek split a 12' Malnati Classic Pizza. I ordered the Lour's individual size. They were cheesier but very tasty. Mine had spinach, mushrooms, sliced roma tomatoes. We got back to hotel after 8:00, blogged, looked at email, watched the Wisconsin/Nebraska game, and went to bed.