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July 23rd, 2007 – by: TiinaTink
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.
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!
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