|Functional artwork in our hotel room!|
We'd been to The Windy City before, but it was a really quick trip and it was more to visit Jack's mom who was there for work than to see the city. Though this one was only about 24 hours, too, we were able to see a bit more of the city than last time.
rip off!), we explored the hotel room, then went out in search of dinner.
...and walked, all the while, Jack promising that we only had to make it to the Ferris wheel that never seemed to get any closer...
|See that Ferris wheel waaaaay in the distance? That's where we were headed.|
...and walked some more...
Henry fulfilled his lifelong dream of driving a Bobcat...
...and Kate had a close brush with a t-rex.
Once I'd made everyone pose with a creepy bench, we decided to go and check out the enormous Ferris wheel that was running in the back. Lucky us, they were running their last round before closing down so we splurged and all climbed aboard.
We were rewarded with a pretty spectacular view of the Chicago night lights. High five to Evelyn and me for not freaking out at the heights.
The last few minutes, we explored a cool greenhouse. I'm seriously considering building one so we can transplant our pineapples and avocados from our aquaponics tank. Then I could get monkeys and parrots and lizards to live in it, right?
The stroll back to the hotel wasn't quite as far but seeing as we'd already walked about five miles, the last mile was a teensy, tiny bit excruciating. Kind of like the time Jack just had to find it to the end of the unmarked trail in Clifty Falls. Still, we managed. Barely.
Thankfully, one side effect of being exhausted and nearly frozen solid is that everyone falls asleep pretty darn fast. I think there wasn't a conscious soul among the children within three minutes of turning off the lights.
|There weren't enough chairs at our table, so Jack sat on his own, pondering as he enjoys doing.|
The next morning, we enjoyed a yummy breakfast and then decided to head to the pool before seeing what else Chicago had for us.
|Claire was not amused.|
And, it was closed for renovations. Joy. Luckily, the hotel had made arrangements with another hotel to use their pool, which Jack told us was only a block away. Turns out, it was actually a ten-minute walk. Jack has pretty much no concept of how far stuff is. But, telling the girls we were going to swim pretty much ensured they ran the whole way.
|Boiling like lobsters in the hot tub.|
We were rewarded with a nice little pool and hot tub all to ourselves. We swam to our hearts' content, then had to run back, change and check out. The zoo wasn't far from us and it was free so after (you guessed it) walking to lunch, we went to the zoo where we saw a funny river otter with an affinity for licking the glass, a silly little kestrel who pretended to nibble Henry's fingers when he held them up, and a black bear who looked like he was trying to master kung fu with a rather large dead branch.
By far, Henry's favorite part were the monkeys and apes. He kept trying laughing and screeching and babbling on and on about them. Wish we knew what he was saying. Whatever it was, he caught the attention of one of the mother gorillas, who kept eyeballing him, probably wondering if he was also a baby gorilla who'd somehow escaped the exhibit.
Claire enjoyed the big cats...
|Kate really needs to learn how to sleep comfortably in the car...|
Until next time, Chicago!