Museums, Blues Festival, Gibsons and more...

Trip Start Jun 10, 2010
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Trip End Jun 14, 2010


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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade was going to kick off at 10:30 that morning, starting at the intersection of Wacker Drive and Washington.  More than two million people turned out for the victory parade! Luckily, we were walking in the other direction toward the Museum Campus. 

As we passed the Chicago Art Institute we noticed the lions on the front steps donning Blackhawks helmets.  A friendly family allowed me to hold their makeshift Stanley Cup for my photo op in front of the victorious lions.


















As we proceeded toward Lakeshore, we saw people setting up for the Blues Festival in Grant Park, had a hassle-free photo op at the Buckingham Fountain, walked along the beautiful lakeshore and gradually made our way to the Museum Campus. 

We started with the Adler Planetarium, which was free admission that day (luckily, we beat the school groups!) Always check before you buy a City Pass - some of the attractions may be free during your visit. The Museum of Science & Industry was also free that day, however I didn't include it in our itinerary because Andy had visited it in on a previous trip. 

Our second stop was the Shedd Aquarium.  The John G. Shedd Aquarium opened in 1930 in a neoclassical building, which gives the aquarium a more "museum" feel that we greatly admired. The Oceanarium and its glass wall face Lake Michigan, whose water flows into its tank. 

I had my first Chicago style hot dog for lunch. Delectable! But I couldn't eat the peppers (HOT!)

 
Our final stop on the campus was the Field Museum, my favorite of the three museums we visited that day.  Opened to the public in 1921, the museum's current home is in a white marble neoclassical building designed by Daniel H. Burnham.  This beautiful structure is also home to Sue, the world's largest, most complete, best preserved tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. 









Speaking of "world's largest"....On our way back to the hotel that evening, we walked through the world's largest free Blues Festival.  The 27th Annual Chicago Blues Festival draws a crowd of nearly 650,000 people and is Chicago's largest music festival. I purchased the official poster to frame and have as a keepsake of our fabulous weekend in Chicago. Wow!  What a great time! 

Andy had made us a dinner reservation that evening at a very special restaurant - Gibsons Steakhouse.  It is considered one of Chicago's finest steakhouses. Even though the restaurant was incredibly busy that evening, the staff was very friendly and helpful.  The food was excellent and the servings were hearty. www.gibsonssteakhouse.com




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