Chicago Day 2

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Aug 24, 2007

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Every morning we woke up really early during our stay in Chicago. In order to fit in everything that we wanted to see we had to start at 7:30/8:00 am and go til 10:00/11:00 pm. The whole week was a blast, but super exhausting.

The first thing that we saw on Tuesday was The Field Museum of Natural History. The museum is named after Marshall Field the department store tycoon who donated a lot of money. There were a lot of interesting exhibits, so many in fact that we spent 7 hours exploring the museum top to bottom and still didn't see everything. Some of the highlights were exhibits about Egypt, dinosaurs, plants, gems, jade, and stuffed animals. One exhibit I found most interesting and tragic was the Tsavo man eating lion exhibit. Two male, mane less lions in Tsavo Africa are reported to have eaten 140 men. The men were attempting to construct a railroad across Africa when they were either attacked or eaten. Eventually, the lions were killed and their reign of terror ended. First, of all let me say that that is a shocking amount of people to kill, and second I almost felt bad for the lions. I know that is kind of weird because they killed so many people, but at the museum they had the lions there (stuffed of course) and they were very beautiful. Plus how would you like your home to be destroyed and have a railroad put through it? I wouldn't. So at the end of the day I decided to by a small book in the gift shop, written by the man who killed both lions to find out the full story. I just finished the book I was already reading, so now I can start on this one. I am so excited, I will have to let you all know how it goes.

After the museum the Bushlus' took us to their favorite Greek restaurant, "Rodity's," which was so delicious. I got to eat some new things that I have never eaten before, and I liked it. However, I wasn't too keen on trying the cream cheese and fish roe (fish eggs) spread that you could put on your bread, but I tried almost everything else. Again we stuffed ourselves and had a great time visiting. One thing I am sad about is that I did not get a picture of the flaming cheese! A lot of tables ordered this block of cheese that you could spread on bread, but first before the waiter put it on the table he poured alcohol on it and lit it on fire. So cool! Sometimes he would do this while holding more than one plate at a time. The sad part was that every time I tried to get a picture something would prevent me from getting a good shot. Oh well I guess I will just have to order it next time I go to a Greek restaurant and then I will get a second chance.

After Greek town, we drove around to famous/interesting spots in the city on a sort of highlights of Chicago tour. First, we went to the Art Institute to take pictures by the giant lion statues outside. Mom has pictures of her grandmother posing in front of the very same lions almost a 100 years ago! So we were very excited to see them and recreate the picture that my great-grandmother took. Next, we drove down the "Magnificent Mile," as Michigan Ave. is called. This street is the shopping mecca of the city, it was pretty cool to see all the fancy stores (especially Apple and Tiffany's. The drive down Michigan Ave. brought us to the Water Tower. These buildings were the only two buildings in the city to survive the Great Chicago Fire (probably because they are made of stone, not wood, like the rest of the city was made of back then). After that Bro. Ed drove us to Millennium Park so we could walk around and especially see the two-column fountain with the faces on it and the bean. The bean is really cool because you can see the reflection of the whole city skyline in it. Next, we went to Buckingham Fountain. It's a really big fountain, and really pretty. Especially at night like when we saw it because they light it up with different colors and the skyline looks amazing in the background. We had a wonderful day and went home ready to get some rest for the next day's adventure.
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