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A whisker away from being his lunch

So, theres lots to say!


Firstly we visited Lincoln Park zoo. Our hostel is a ten minute walk from the zoo, just through the park. Its completely free, which is surprising as most charge an arm and both legs. I have to say that even though its winter and quite a few of the animals were hiding from the cold we saw a fair few. There are a good number of inside houses that you can walk through and view the various animals. These included the big cats, the apes, the small animal and reptiles, the penquins, the monkeys and there was a tropical part that was like a much smaller version of the biodome.

Beautiful puddy tat
It seems the zoo is involved in a lot of breeding and conservation programs which I was pleased about. It clearly isnt in the game just to make money by exploiting endangered animals and the people that want to learn about them.


We also went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. This was right next door to the zoo and was also free. It was nice just wandering round the greenhouse, looking at weird and wonderful plants, trees and ferns from around the world. The weather yesterday became very mild and instead of snow we got quite a bit of rain. The rain mingled with the snow and ice already on the ground and proceeded to melt it, causing huge puddles everywhere in the park. We had to litterally hop, skip and jump our way to the Conservatory and back!


Last night we went to a bar called Joes, its a kind of sports bar & grill type place but we didnt go becaue of this (though they do beer for a quarter on Tuesday, guess when we are going back!) we went because there was comedy show and a lesbian comedian was going to be performing.

Now Thats a leaf!
We were a bit worried that we would be the only gay couple there and would get picked on, turns out we neednt of worried. We turned up to find what looked like the whole lesbian community in Chicago had turned out! It seems that Sandra Valls, has a huge lesbian & Spanish following (being Mexican herself) and some of the jokes were in Spanish, so while we didnt catch the punchline for a few, her gags had the whole place in stitches the whole evening. We must youtube her for more stuff!


Today we caught the 'el' downtown and went to the Shedd Aquarium. A woman in the shop where we got our travelcard said it was free this week so we thought we would take full advantage. Turns out that she didnt tell us the whole story. One omission being that only the main lobby is free and the second being that it was going to be packed to the rafters with kids and their parents as it Presidents Day, which means a Bank holiday and no school!

We had to be very patient and bite our tounges a fair few times at the blatent lack of respect we were shown, and this as by the adults, let alone the kids! I did get to see one of my favorite animals ever though, the beautiful sea dragon.

Rachel planning to steal lunch
It was a good way to while away a few hours and seeing the whole place would of taken a full day, something I dont think either of us could of handled with the van loads of annoying bratty kids darting all over the place.


We then battled through the freezing cold, biting wind (wind speed 38 kpm , thats a windchill of minus 28 people!) to the base of the John Hancock building where we treated ourselves to a heavenly tasting chessecake at The Cheescake Factory. I had a white chocolate cheesecake with macadamia nuts and ice cream MMM MMM MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

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A whisker away from being his lunch
A whisker away from being his lunch
Beautiful puddy tat
Beautiful puddy tat
Now Thats a leaf!
Now Thats a leaf!
Rachel planning to steal lunch
Rachel planning to steal lunch
Gorgeous Cheesecake!
Gorgeous Cheesecake!
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