With my trip to Chicago for my older daughters graduation from Navy boot camp, I had no idea if she was going to have any time to off to visit with the 4th of July weekend. With that in mind, I went ahead and booked a few extra days at the hotel and hoped for the best. While I only got to spend time with her the day after graduation hanging around the airport before she took off to her advanced schooling; my mom, younger daughter, and I took advantage of our extra time in Chicago and headed to the Field Museum.
We rolled in there on the 4th of July, so it was crazy busy. While we were here, the was a special exhibit in the mail hall featuring Grateful Dead memorabilia, who were also scheduled to perform at Soldier Field Stadium across the street that night. There were a number of live bands performing through out the museum, so none of the movies were running, but we still had a ton of fun.
With two floors and a basement, lace up your walking shoes and be prepared to spend a few hours wandering around all the rooms. We traveled through China, Egypt, and even went back in time with the dinosaurs. If you get hungry there is a cafe on the main floor, and vending machines and picnic tables down in the lower level. The maps that were given to us were very helpful, and staff members held up huge signs encouraging visitors to ask questions.
We spent hours just traveling from room to room checking out everything, and passed on some of the exhibits that were geared more towards younger family members that were much more hands on. My daughter could not get enough of the the dinosaur areas and the different animals from around the world.
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