Sunday, April 5, 2009

Chi-Town & Shedd Aquarium Adventure

During Mia's Spring Break in late March, we went on an overnight adventure to downtown Chicago. Brian was attending a meeting for work on Friday, so we all drove up Thursday afternoon. We checked into our hotel (the Marriott on Ohio & Rush) and got unpacked. When it was time for dinner, we decided to walk a few city blocks to the Rainforest Cafe. The kids loved the jungle decor, indoor waterfall, and giant aquariums. I enjoyed seeing the city at night, though our walk was a little chilly! After dinner, we stopped for ice cream at McDonald's and then walked back to the hotel to hit the pool before bed.
The next day, Brian left for his meeting. The kids and I hung out in the room and at the pool and then at lunchtime, we walked down to McDonald's. Even though their prices are higher than normal in the city, it was still cheaper to feed the kids there than at the hotel or any other restaurant! Plus, this McDonald's is decorated very modern and has an escalator inside that you can take to the 2nd level and watch all the city happenings.

After lunch, the kids and I took a taxi over to the Shedd Aquarium and Brian met us there. This was the kids' first taxi ride and they really enjoyed it, especially Seth. Evidently it was Spring Break up in Chicago too because the Aquarium was pretty crowded. Sadly the Oceanarium was closed for remodeling. But we did get to see just about everything else there in about a 3 hour time span. My favorite part was looking for frogs and other small critters in the habitat exhibits. It was like a live nature version of I Spy! Seth liked the sharks the best and Mia was enthralled with the stingrays and sea horses. Brian was wowed by the sea dragons, crazy looking creatures related to sea horses. Their tanks were so dark that I couldn't get a good photo (thus, I downloaded some from the internet.

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