Wednesday we started at the Field Museum of Natural History and I just LOVE that type of museum! There is just so much to learn and it seems like never enough time to learn it, especially for us that morning. We only had two and a half hours at the museum and the recommended time is a whole day, so to say the least, we did some speed-learning. One of the special exhibits that was going on while we were there was called the “horse” and it was about the domestication of the horse and its role within different civilizations throughout history.
Me being the horse person that I am, as well as three other people on the trip, I paid the extra fee to see the exhibit and it was definitely worth it. We spent about an hour of our two and a half hours on just that exhibit, so when we were through we made a quick decision on what else we wanted to see and all, but ran through three or four more exhibits. These included the mummy exhibit,the dinosaur exhibit, and the gem exhibit. OH! And we must not forget the time we spent looking at Sue,the giant T-rex that greets visitors from the far end of the front hall. We may not have learned as much as we would have if we had taken our time on these, but at least we got to see more of them.
(Me and Sue)
When our short trip at the museum was done, we headed across town to a nice little cafe known for their pastries. There, we enjoyed a nice but crowded lunch of sandwiches, wraps, and some scrumptious pastries.
Our next stop was the Bohemian Cemetery. Unfortunately, it was a ways away, including traffic, and by the time we got there, they had closed for the day. We still got to drive around the perimeter of it, though, and it was the largest cemetery I have ever seen. Chicago is a big city, though, so I guess they have a lot of dead people - I am sorry; I know that is really morbid.
Anyways, after our drive-by-tour, we continued on our journey to this really neat little shop called Renegade Handmade. I think it is associated with the Renegade
craft show that is held in Chicago every year. The store had a lot of different items that were all hand-made by various local and some non-local artists. They carried clothing, prints, jewelry, and lots more. There were also a lot of other really neat little shows located on the same block that we rummaged around at before heading back towards the hotel to get ready for dinner.
(Renegade Handmade )
Dinner was on our own Wednesday night, so me and my roomies hit the streets
once more in an attempt to find some food. We didn't really know where we were going so we just wondered the blocks around the hotel until we found somewhere that looked good. The winning location was B&B Diner. It was a quaint hometown, dinner-style restaurant that offered a variety of foods. The service was great and the food delicious. We were all very pleasedwith our investigation skills in finding such a lovely place to eat. The rest of our evening was spent making an adventure of our walk back to the hotel.
(Heaven and I in front of the Chicago Theater)
Apparently we did a whole lot on this trip because these blogs to tell you about it are a lot longer then I thought they would be. So, I am going to leave you here for today. The rest of the story will be finished, though, in part 3. After that, I will be a little less long winded; I promise. :)