Museum of Science & Industry & Perennial Virant

Trip Start May 16, 2013
Trip End May 25, 2013

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Monday, May 20, 2013

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I've been to the Museum of Science and Industry before but the main attraction for me is the U-505, a German U-Boat captured during World War II.  Tickets for it were sold out during my last visit so I came back again today.  This time purchased tickets ahead of time for the U-505 tour as well as a behind-the-scenes tour called the Wow tour. 

I headed for the U-505 section.  I got there a bit early so I went through many of the displays surrounding the sub before the tour started.  When it was time I headed to the entrance to the sub where the tour starts.

The tour is partially given by the guide and partially a sound and light show throughout the sub.  Because the timing of the sound and light show is fixed the guide cannot stop to answer questions until the end and portions of the tour are rather rushed.  They sometimes offer longer, in-depth tours, which I think would be much better. 

In spite of the drawbacks, I still enjoyed seeing the U-505.  I've seen one of each of the three series of subs the U.S. produced during WW II and two Soviet subs from the same era as well as a later U.S. research sub and the U.S.S. Nautilus, the world's first nuclear sub, which was launched in 1954.  It's surprising to me how similar they all are.

I went to dinner at Perennial Virant.  This is the chef's second restaurant.  His first restaurant, Vie, is in the suburbs of Chicago and has been highly rated for some time.  A friend from Chicago joined me tonight for dinner and will be joining me tomorrow, as well, so we can compare the two.  Dinner tonight was good but neither of us were really blown away by it.
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