Sunday morning we left the house bright and early and headed out to find the subway station. The station is located one half mile from the house. I love to ride subways, I like the efficiency of it, I like to people watch and it makes me feel all gritty and urban - like I’m really living life and out in the mix.
Home Sweet Home
Jacob on the “L”.
The Field museum is my idea of a proper natural history museum, with soaring coffered ceilings, marble stairways and rooms full of wooden museum cases. Oh, and MUMMIES.
The Field Museum.
The ceiling in the main hall.
The bannisters. OK, I know I went all the way to Chicago and a museum full of wonders and I took a picture of the bannisters. Whatever, it’s what I like. Aren’t they marvelous?
This docent guy wrote both kids’ names in hieroglyphics. Pretty cool.
This is Sue, the tyrannosaurus at the Field museum. She is the most complete specimen in the world. This is her actual skull, which is too heavy to be on display with the rest of her body (the head in the lobby is a replica). Anabel loves skulls so much and was happy to pose with Sue’s.
Next we went through early hominids. They had displays of their heads and hands and Anabel thought it was funny to make them pose with her wolf.
Here is Neanderthal holding Kayla.
Here is another one eating my children’s fingers.
And the remains of Lucy, yeah the actual Lucy.
Ice age mammals - A mammoth, a giant ice age bear and some horse-type things.
Down in the basement was a whole kid’s play area. one section was set up like a pueblo and the kids had a great time harvesting and grinding corn.
There were do many other things we did, we dug for dinosaur bones, we saw a 3D movie about Egyptian Mummies and we went through several more exhibits. There was still whole halls upon halls that we never saw. You could easily spend days in this museum and not see it all. It was beautiful and thoughtfully laid out and just wonderful. Given the opportunity I would definitely come back again.
Afterwards we went to Willis Tower (Formerly Sears tower)
I feel bad for Anabel, so much of the world is just not on her scale…
Anabel was fearless about walking on the glass part of the floor.
Afterward we took a somewhat involuntary tour of down town (aka got a bit lost) but we did end up having awesome Chicago street food at Portillo’s.
Favorite shot of the day…