Another update from the Windy City and of course it is a lot of pictures just because I am a picture taker —
As I mentioned earlier we are trying our best to be conservative on the money end, but we have still been able to embrace Chicago on the cheap. One of our more touristy endeavors took us to the John Hancock observatory. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love to spend enormous amounts of money on a small drink at the Signature Lounge on the 95th floor, BUT I also have an annual pass to the 94th floor observatory that comes equipped with a guided headphone tour of the city by David Schwimmer… um, hello good times! It might just be the 4th tallest building in Chicago, but it has the best views in town:
OK, on to another good freebie. The Art Institute of Chicago. I don’t even know what requires something to be an ‘Institute,’ but this place would be my definition. It is timeless and sucks you in promising that you will be different when you leave. Right now Thursday evenings are FREE! Absolutely open to the public from 5-8 (this changes to Wednesdays during the day in June, just FYI). I might be going again for the next few Thursdays because there is just too much to see and so many of those beautiful paintings that I remember from my college Art History course. Van Gogh, Monet, Pollock, Rothko, Caillebotte, Dali, Chagall, O’Keefe, Wood!!!! Beauty and Intrigue and an Impressionism exhibit that is hard to match. I have to confess that when I am in an art museum I think about the movie The Thomas Crown Affair and how part of me wants to come up with an elaborate theft to steal beauty for my own sake. Don’t you worry, I would never do it. Instead I will just revel in my memory, photos, and a promise to return soon:
Moving on once again to a quick note on the Lincoln Park Zoo which founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoo’s in the nation. And better than it’s history is the fact that, yes you guessed it, it is absolutely FREE! We rode our bikes about a mile and a half south from our apartment to walk amongst the animals last Saturday. It has been a WHILE since I’ve bee to a zoo and I have to say a highlight was the monkeys.
One last place is the Field Museum that offers one FREE day a month. I was thankful I went early for this one as free day quickly turns in to ‘loud, rowdy childrens day’ and ‘frantic, regretful teachers day.’ I was able to meander through the African mammals section peacefully, the Ancient America’s section was a bit more challenging, and by the time I made it down to the Ancient Egypt section I just gave up as I heard a boy yelling to his classmates and pointing at the mummies, “There’s a nudie in there! He’s totally nudie! Don’t let the girls see, he’s nudie!” Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE children, but I might cough up the $10 next time.