Our second day was grey, cold, and slightly rainy – this was okay with us though because it was our museum day. It’s important to always make the best of things when you travel even if sometimes the weather can make that hard. Since I’ve had experiences like getting stuck sleeping outside in freezing temperatures in Australia with just a hoodie to stay warm or getting caught in total downpours in the Amazon without a change of clothes – a little grey in Chicago wasn’t bad and we had a plan.
We left early for breakfast at the Merchandise Mart and took the Brown Line Train and Bus 146 to get to the Field Museum of Natural History. This is one of the largest museums of its type in the world. Built in 1921, the museum has since developed a huge variety of quality permanent exhibits – enough to attract up to 2 million visitors each year!
When we walked in, it was so exciting to see Sue, the famous tyrannosaurus rex, standing 13 feet tall in the lobby. This is the most complete and best-preserved fossil of its kind that has been discovered. Sue Hendrickson was the woman who originally found this amazing fossil, and therefore, it was named after her although they don’t know for sure if this tyrannosaurus rex was actually male or female, but they do know it was 28 when it died.
When we visited, the temporary exhibits we were able to visit included one about Vikings and one about Voodoo. Because my family comes from Sweden, it was incredible to see what the Viking exhibit included and feel connected to all of the displays in some way.
And knowing I’ve actually seen these burial grounds in person so close to my home in southern Sweden
We were able to look through exhibits about various mammals, Native Americans, The Pacific Islands, gems from around the world, Ancient Egypt, an underground adventure, and see how the planet has evolved over time.
When we finished looking around, we decided to go to the huge aquarium next door. There were so many species to look at throughout the various exhibits. We saw seahorses, starfish, exotic fish, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, and even belugas. It was so cool! I love aquariums and see sea animals from around the world.
After we made our way through the aquarium, we headed over to the planetarium just a short walk away. It was interesting to read so much about the solar system and all of the space programs.
We took the bus back to the apartment and promptly fell asleep before dinner because all that site seeing was exhausting! We grabbed dinner at this amazing Japanese place close to the apartment.
It was such a great, adventure-filled day!