13 June, 2009

Chicago Trip 30/5 - 6/6/09

After a week back from Chicago, there are many stuffs that needs to be done. I need to upload photos to my FB and Picasaweb before my teeth operation. The worst part was, our dinosaur laptop needs to be formatted and loaded with proper software :(
Anyway, finally I have time to write about my Chicago trip :)
SB and myself spend around 7 days in Chicago. The trip was relaxing and memorable for both of us.
We visited most of the tourist attractions in this city as well some famous restaurant in the city.
Getting the Chicago City Pass and 7 days pass for CTA(Chicago Transit Authority) really made our travel within the city easy.

Based on my experience, I recommend these places to visit, if you are in Chicago .
1. Shedd Aquarium
2. The Field Museum
3. Adler Planetarium
4. The Hancock Observation
5. Lincoln Park Zoo
6. Millennium Park
7. China Town
8. Buckingham Fountain

1. The Museum of Science and Industry
2. Sears Tower
3. Navy Pier

The Hancock Tower

Basically there are 2 tall buildings in Chicago. The Sears tower and Hancock Tower. Sears tower was once the highest building in the world and is higher than Hancock Tower. We chose to go up Hancock Tower as it's known to have the better view. From the Hancock Observatory we could get a good view of Lake Michigan and the city as well. The view across Lake Michigan was beautiful.
Something caught our attention at the compound of Hancock Tower. It was around afternoon, the sun was shining brightly and there are 2 gals doing Yoga facing the Hancock Tower just beside the heavy Chicago traffic. Amazing!

View from The Hancock Observatory

This photo is taken facing north. Somewhere up the horizon is Milwaukee(Not!) One can view man made beach along the coast. There are people sun bathing and playing volley ball on the beach, but they look like ants from here.
There is an area where 3 museums are located adjacent to each. It's called the Museum Campus. There's the Alder's Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.

Alder's Planetarium

It showcase the Gemini missions that led to the Apollo missions. Gemini mission were the initial missions that gather information needed by NASA to land a man on the moon. We view 2 cool space shows in there.

Shedd Aquarium

Nice Nemo :)

Shedd Aquarium was fun! We viewed the dolphin and beluga whale training sessions. It shows us the behind scenes of the training, how positive feedback was used to train them. There are huge variety of fishes from all around the world in here.
Buckingham Fountain

Millennium Park: Cloud Gate
This big reflective sculpture is also known as 'The Bean' by locals. Going to Millennium Park you can't miss it.

Millennium Park: Sculptures from China.
There were few interesting sculptures in the park that are loaned from China.

The Field Museum

The Field Museum : Dinosaur Hall

China Town
The Museum of Science and Industry

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