The Field Museum, name for Marshall Field, the department store guy
Up at 7 AM. We finished packing and checked out. My original plan was to drive to the FieldMuseum, which was our last Chicago thing, and then drive north to Wisconsin. Margo came up with the idea of parking the car in a River North parking garage. We would have to pay to park at the Museum anyway, and we would have to back track. The museum was south, and Wisconsin is north. So that is what we did. We took the exact route we had taken two days ago to get to the Shedd Aquarium. They are side by side. We got to museum at . That was about an hour later than I had originally hoped, but as it turned out it was early enough.
Inside the Field Museum. Sue the T-Rex is in the foreground
Jessi was hungry, but I talked them all into going through Underground Adventure before we did anything else. This was an exhibit in which you were shrunk to ¾ of an inch and sent three down three inches underground to see what lay beneath. It wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but it was still pretty good. We had it almost completely to ourselves and could enjoy it at our leisure. The funniest part was a place that asked you to stick your hands inside to see what was there. The girls had no desire to put there hands into any dark place, so they called me. “Put you hand in there.” “Why?” “Because we want to see what happens, but we don’t want to put our hand in” So I did, but the instant I did I jumped and started making a loud buzzing sound. I’m not sure what they thought was happening, but they jumped back and their eyes got big. All that really happened was that a light came on to illuminate whatever was in there. Two minutes later, Margo and Jessi motioned my attention back to that display.
Jessi was supposed to be looking scared, like Sue was going to get her. Acting may not be in her future.
Two teenage girls were asking their mother to put their hand in, because they didn’t want to. She just did it.
The FieldMuseum had the King Tut exhibit showing. This is very big deal. I could tell by the price of the tickets. $17 per person, on top of the $19 they normally charge for museum admission. Two things chased me away. First was the bad experience of the Di Vinci exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. I paid $15 per person there, and didn’t think it worth the money. Second was the timing. They only had tickets left for the timed admission.
Does he bite?
I had a feeling we would be about worn about by then. I was right. By the time rolled around we had seen everything we wanted. That included Sue (the worlds largest and most complete T-Rex, in the world. Found in South Dakota, by Susan Hendrickson, it was named after her), The Lions of Tsavo, (these were the ManEaters that were the subject of the film “The Ghost and the Darkness”; The Underground Adventure; and an exhibit on Auschwitz. This is a traveling exhibit, whose focus was a photo album recovered from Auschwitz. This album had pictures that were taken of recently arrived (from a 1944 perspective) people. The pictures were taken by the guards at the camp to document what was happening for their superiors. But, this was shortly before the camp was liberated, so when a survivor discovered it after the guards had fled, she recognized herself and many others from her village.
Through modern technology Jessi and Margo have been shrunk down to start the Underground Aventure
She kept the album and now it is been turned into this traveling memorial. We saw plenty of other things too. The last thing we did was hit the gift shop. A book for me, plus wind chimes and a bracelet for Margo and we were off.
We got back to the River North area. It was too early for dinner, but we were getting hungry. So we decided to stop at the Hard Rock Café, and get a drink and a dessert. I had a beer, and the girls’ soft drinks. Then it was down to their souvenir shop. I got a beer glass, Jessi a hoodie and t-shirt, and Margo another bracelet. A stop at Walgreens for some cheap T-shirts and we were finally ready to head to Wisconsin.
We retrieved the car (The plan worked perfectly) and went out to fight Friday night rush hour traffic.
Soldier Field, home of Da Bears and right across from the Field Museum
It took an hour to go 20 miles. What a mess. I do like one thing they did. They divided their four northbound lanes with a concrete barrier. The ones on the East Side, were for “local” traffic. Meaning that they could exit at any normal highway exit along the way. The two lanes on the West side were Express. The barrier prevented you from exiting four about 5 miles. That way with no traffic getting on or off, the theory was you could make better time. I worked somewhat, but there comes a point where there are just too many cars. That was the point that we saw. We had left about and pulled into our hotel at . The whole trip was 68 miles and we stopped once for a restroom break. Also about 30 of those miles were on toll roads. The tolls themselves were too bad. They are much worse at home, but I hated having to stop to pay them. But we finally got here.
Hard Rock Cafe-Chicago
We are all checked in and mostly settled in. We found a local restaurant called the Golden Key, and ate there. For dessert I got apple pie, covered with melted Cheddar Cheese. I have heard that this is popular in Wisconsin. The waitress, who is a native, said she had heard that too. But she had never tried and was not interested in doing so. But, it wasn’t too bad. The cheese was a nice compliment. It added to, rather than over powering the apples. Now we just have to figure out tomorrow. The only thing I have planned for tomorrow is a play at a local theater, called Homicidal Housewives. It is a dinner murder mystery. It should be interesting. I think we will just soak in local color and see where the day takes us. Somehow, I think this day is going to start a little later than most.
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