Tornados, avalanches, German U-boats

Trip Start Jul 14, 2012
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Trip End Aug 03, 2012


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

So it is still really hot. Well into the hundreds. But we forge ahead ..

Today was all about the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park.

"Amazing" is how Noah described it. Really he did. I would whole-heartedly agree.

We saw:

1. A United 727 jet from the mid 60s and got to walk through it.
2. A tornado simulator that had a giant swirly cloud going from floor to ceiling.
3. A big dish full of sand that when spun around created the exact flow of a real avalanche.
4. The world's first streamline train. This was especially cool for me because I have always appreciated the streamline design era -- lots of shiny metal again.
5. The U-505 German submarine. This was the highlight. We got to see and go inside the only German U-boat ever captured. They had a whole backstory on how the capture happened told in the exhibits leading up the the sub. Then you go in and see where 59 men lived for upward of 100 days. Obviously very claustrophobic and I almost had some issues. Both noah and i needed to duck quite a bit.They do a great job of touring you through, telling the story and playing the actual music recording the men listened to on the sub. Everything on it is the real deal, no reproductions. Just unbelievable. Unfortunately, they do not allow any photography of any kind, so you will just have to take our word for it.

We walked throughout Hyde Park and it is a wonderful neighborhood. Full of older apts and homes, all beautifully maintained, with huge older trees that almost meet in the middle of the street. Whilst there, we felt compelled to at least stop by Obama's house and say howdy. Took one picture and then we got chased away by the Secret Service (no lie). He just lost my vote!

So, we end our last day in Chicago. It was great to tour around despite the heat. Noah says: "Chicago was a great place. It's a bit like New York." and the subway system? "new york's is obviously much more thorough, it gets you closer to your destination. Chicago is cleaner, though, and has elevated trains through the city center."

Our kind of town, indeed.
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elle64
elle64 on

Looks very cool.....my only question.....where are all the people?? Dang, you can't go anywhere here in Atlanta and not fight hords of peeps!!!

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