Last day

Chicago Travel Blog

 › entry 3 of 3 › view all entries
The Chicago Field Museum. It's about time we get some culture.
My umpteenth time in Chicago, and my first visit to the Field Museum. I had been wanting to go, but somehow the time always ran out, and I didn't want to pop in just to say I had been there. This time, I had the whole day! After a quick walk over the river to Einstein Bros Bagels on E Wacker, we sat on the street-pation and drank our oversized coffees and ate bagels. Another sunny day. Couldn't ask for better weather. The walk back to our hotel was just a warm-up for another trek down the river to the lake. We planned on walking to the Field Museum on the lake shore, and so we did. Among all the bicyclists (even some tandem), roller bladers, and dog-walkers, we made our way past Grant Park to the Field Musem grounds.
Sue. She really is very big. Slightly anorexic though.
Finally here!

In addition to the regular Field Museum entrance, you can also purchase tickets to special exhibitions, which the Field Museum only hosts for a specific period of time. The highlights of the main exhibition are Sue, who happens to be the largest and most complete T.Rex in the world, and the Tsavo man-eating lions (you probably remember from the movie The Ghost and The Darkness with Val Kilmer) stuffed (the lions, not Val Kilmer) and in surprisingly good condition considering they were first hunted down in 1898 (yes, over a hundred years ago), and then have been carted around the globe. There are animals from all regions of the world, fossils, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and plenty of historical artifacts. This main exhibit alone could take hours if you explore all the species of animals and anthropological objects out on display, so make sure you budget enough time.
The old water-tower


For the remainder of our last day in Chicago, we walked along the lake shore, and shopped at Michigan Avenue. After dropping off the loot at the hotel, we wanted to have dinner somewhere close by. Finally, we decided to have dinner at a restaurant we had passed by a few times while walking around Chicago: Chinese/Asian restaurant called Ben Pao, conveniently located right around the corner from the hotel Sax. We were pleasantly surprised. A comfy but upscale interior, nice ambiance, good food and smiling service. We left with our tummies full, and decided to stroll down to the old water tower up Michigan Avenue, and have a little late-night dessert at Ghirardelli. Mmmmm, sinful - but we needed the energy to make the walk back to our hotel. We decided to walk by the river one more time. Crossing the river, I was struck by the beauty of the water. The river is really very scenic at night when all the lights of the city reflect off the surface. It was time to get some sleep for our early morning flight back to Atlanta. Good night, Chicago!
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
The Chicago Field Museum. Its abo…
The Chicago Field Museum. It's ab…
Sue. She really is very big. Sligh…
Sue. She really is very big. Slig…
The old water-tower
The old water-tower
The Tsavo man-eaters: Ghost and Da…
The Tsavo man-eaters: Ghost and D…
If your guess was that these are j…
If your guess was that these are …
HA!
HA!
Hey, hey, hey, youre a tall drink…
Hey, hey, hey, you're a tall drin…
And this is not just any regular m…
And this is not just any regular …
It is the Titi monkey (also my nic…
It is the Titi monkey (also my ni…
Are you lookin at me, punk?
Are you lookin' at me, punk?
Honey, I shrunk the doorway.
Honey, I shrunk the doorway.
You know who got all the milk in t…
You know who got all the milk in …
Lucy, Im home! Lucy? Im sorry I…
Lucy, I'm home! Lucy? I'm sorry I…
Jeez, theres gotta be something t…
Jeez, there's gotta be something …
The walk on the lake
The walk on the lake
A show girl... or at least I hope …
A show girl... or at least I hope…
Good night, Chicago.
Good night, Chicago.
Sponsored Links
Chicago
photo by: mahoney