Illinois In The Morning!

 We only had one day to see Illinois and Chicago!
  I really put the gang to it for our day in the windy city!
Nana and Pops flew in to meet us for part of our journey!
We did so much, I am going to break up our day into 3 posts.  Nana and Pops may never want to vacation with me again after the schedule and forced march we put them through.
 We decided to visit Field Museum first.  We walked by Soldier Field which was a neat bonus.  The powerful quote by JFK was moving.  Few statesmen today are so bold and convicted.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty."
 One of our favorite outings in Denver was to the Museum of Nature and Science.  I had been told the Field Museum was one of the best, so we had to check it out!
 The building is beautiful and they have Sue, the best of the best!
 "She is the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered."  Her skeleton in over 90% complete and they are her bones, not from other T. Rex fossils.  The skull was too heavy at 600 pounds to sit on her skeleton, so it sits upstairs in a glass case allowing you to examine it from all angles.
It was great to see the real McCoy, err Sue.
 They had an extensive dinosaur collection.  You could spend a whole day learning and reading about the prehistoric times, but we were on a sight seeing only tour this time.  No time to read, must conquer the museum!
 Next was Ancient Egypt, Hailey's favorite part.
They were all pretty engrossed by the mummification techniques, the mummies, the hieroglyphs and then walking through a replica tomb!
 We also walked through the evolving planet exhibit which is very similar to the one in Denver.
 One of the coolest parts was the Ancient Americas and seeing how societies have evolved.  There were so many gorgeous clothing to admire from times long ago.  I enjoyed reading a little about the Mayans since we had just been to that part of the world.
 We went into a replica of a 800 year old Pueblo hut where Hank was asked to serve as the model.  I always thought he looked good with a Mohawk! The  educator shared many interesting facts about life for the Natives, one being that the women did almost all the work for the tribes.  The men only hunted and were warriors.  That left building the huts including chopping down the trees for post, making the furniture, the clothing, cooking and caring for the children to the women.  I am so grateful for our evolution!
We didn't have time to see everything but we made a significant dent into the Field Museum for just a morning of power sightseeing.
Next we were off to lunch, the Art Museum and Millennium Park!

1 comment:

Courtney said...

What a great museum! Looks like you conquered Chicago in a day! :)