We left Wisconsin and my family behind and met Greg in Chicago. We stayed downtown and showed our kids the big city. They were fascinated.
We walked down to Navy Pier to enjoy real Chicago Pizza, a donut ice cream sandwhich (Yum), the Ferris Wheel, carousel, and a few other rides.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was our architectural boat tour. We got to travel right through the heart of downtown on the river. It was amazing and I learned so much. It got a bit long for the kids but we enjoyed it. At one point we passed an outdoor theatre where an orchestra was playing Darth Vader's theme from Star Wars. Lily started singing along in "meow-meow" Darth Kitty put on quite a show.
The girls wanted to see the American Girl Doll store so we checked out the mall. Lego heaven.
For breakfast the next morning we had a dozen donuts from 'Glazed and Infused'. So yummy, and expensive - I think these cost more than some of our dinners. Then we headed to Lincoln Park Zoo. The summer of 2005 Greg interned in Chicago and the kids and I spent a lot of time at the zoo. They wanted to go back and Emily in particular wanted to see the polar bear. We walked to the farthest most point to see the polar bear only to discover that his exhibit was closed for renovation. Emmy shed a few tears but we got through it. We had some Chicago dogs for lunch then headed to church. The local ward was held inside a public school and there was no a/c. It was a good experience for the kids.
Then off to the Field Museum- I love this place - and so did the kids. They loved all the animals and of course Sue. There was a lot of walking and they were troopers especially Lily who, at age three, walked the zoo and the entire museum. Impressive. Here are the boys on the steps with Soldier Field behind them.
Kate started feeling sick and kept complaining about her eye hurting. She suffered through the last half of the day and sadly that eye was a problem for the rest of the trip.
Our last adventure before we left town was the tower formerly know as the Sears Tower. (I can't even remember it's new name and I'm too lazy to look it up). The kids loved seeing all the places we had been.
Here they are - sitting on top of the world.