Jackson has been taking a class in Chicago this week, and the kids and I came along and have been doing a lot of sight seeing. Jackson's mom also came to explore with me. It has been SO FUN, as well as exhausting. We are still there and will be until late Saturday night. We have been to the Art Institute. The kids didn't last as long as we had hoped there, but we saw the best paintings before I had to take Nicholas and Estella back to the hotel for naps.
We spent a half day at the Field Museum of Natural History. This is THE BEST museum I have ever been to. We scratched some other plans so we can spend ALL DAY there tomorrow. IT IS AWESOME!!!!!
We also went to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and also a few classical concerts at the Cultural Center. It has been great. We have gotten really good at braving the cold and finding the right bus stops. Let me tell you...it is COLD here! We have had great adventures...one wheel kept falling off the stroller when we were carrying it up and down stairs. Once a wheel fell off as we were going up a curb and we couldn't get it back on. We carried the stroller onto the bus only to figure out that it was THE OTHER WHEEL...and it had COMPLETELY BROKEN. We had to go out that night and buy a new stroller, because it really isn't possible to get around on public transportation in downtown Chicago with three kids without a stroller.
For anyone who wants to vacation somewhere with lots of GREAT museums and cultural things to do...Chicago is great.