Since summer hasn’t come to Seattle for more than a day or two, we decide to go to SUMMER (and Aunt Carla)!
After a late night arrival (the thunder storms had us circling O’Hara way beyond our landing time), we grabbed a bagel and a train ticket to head downtown Chicago. Or is it Chi-Town? Or the Windy City? Arriving in Union Station, we emerge to find a caffeine jolt and Double Decker bus tickets.
Stop #1: At the base of the “Willis Tour” we pick up our ride and travel through ‘the loop’ learning about the history of the buildings in downtown Chicago. We also started a list of places we might want to check out later.
Stop #2: Millennium Park provided hours of fun — and lunch. Our favorite stop was exploring the underside of “the bean”, although the gardens, sculptures, architecture activities and Crown fountain also provided lots of entertainment.
Stop #3: Checking out the Museum Park, we now have to decide which one we visit tomorrow. Although it was tempting to get off at the next stop (Navy Pier) we restrained ourselves from hopping off as we knew that Saturday plans would lead us back here.
Stop #4: After shopping on the Miracle Mile (specifically the American Girl store where Ms. Double Digits spent her savings on a look like me doll), it was time to catch up with Carla the Purple Pig.
Ms. Double Digits studied the stars way back in fourth grade and she added planetarium to her list of things to do. Today, she can cross that off her list! Our visit to the Adler Planetarium included:
- Apollo launch artifacts (Bailie needs to see Apollo 13 soon)
- Lunar rovers and space puzzles and instruments to explore our solar system (some from 100’s of years ago)
- An amazing film entitled “Journey to the Stars”
Then we took a walk to the “Money Museum”. At the Chicago Federal Reserve they give away bags of money! Next up, was a long and patient wait to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower. The SkyDeck view went on for miles…and even better we were able to walk out on the ledge.
Dinner in Greektown @ Athena: Started with a Greek red wine (Boutari Naousa) accompanied by Saganaki, Hummus, Exohiko (phylo filled with lamb, artichokes and capers) and a few bites of Bailie’s Gyros.
The morning started at Navy Pier for a harbor cruise complete with lunch and over two hours floating out on Lake Michigan. What an amazing way to check out the skyline — it seemed like a new building appeared every two minutes! And there was plenty of time for shopping at both the Navy Pier and then later the Miracle Mile.
In between shopping trips, we took a tour of the Hyde Park neighborhood:
- Robie House – One the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces
- Obama House – Well, the roof line at least. Plenty of concrete barricades and the Secret Service kept us from getting to close.
Dinner: We haven’t had Chicago style pizza…yet. Stuffed isn’t so bad (and I am a thin crust girl).
Time to start the trip home bright and early. And it ended with a FABULOUS welcome home dinner. Thanks Oscar!