The Museums
These pictures are from the Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, the Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium.  Click on a picture to see a larger version.

Field Museum Deer

The Field Museum has a lot of animals that have been trained to stand very still and live in very small enclosures.


The Field Museum has Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. She stands in the lobby.

Sue skull

This skull it not the actual skull found. The original one was crushed and filled with rock. There's a mini-exhibit on the clean-up.


This is from the Evolving Planet exhibit at the Field Museum, as is the sloth in the next picture. It's highly recommended.

A Giant Deadly Sin

The giant sloth lived in prehistoric South America. They got to be over 18' tall.

Baby Chicks

Now we move the Museum of Science and Industry. There is a baby chick hatchery in the genetics exhibit. They're trying to bring back a substrain of chickens that got bred into many other strains of chicken. Educational and cute.


We found these in an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. The theme of the exhibit was "Neat Stuff We Found in the Archives." I don't remember the actual title.

Da Vinci's Horse

There was a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, cashing in on the Da Vinci Code craze. This is the size of the head for da Vinci's horse. Here it's mounted on a revolving turntable.

Squaring the Circle

This is also from the da Vinci exhibit. It began with a timeline, which included this event. What this and the placard found later in the exhibit fail to mention is that this is mathematically impossible and that his solution is only 98% accurate.

View from Adler

This is the view from the Adler Planetarium. The planetarium has some neat little exhibits saying that space is really really big. The Omnimax movies they show are especially good. We saw one on the Egyptians and the Heavens (a silent tie-in with the King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum down the road).

Man With Fish

This fountain was outside the Shedd Aquarium. Unfortuneately this was the most of the aquarium we got to see. Admission was free the day we went, so the line was so long that it would have closed by the time we reached the front of it (we got there at 3:00).

Andy with Fish

This is Andy with our favorite fountain.

Kristen with Fish

This is Kristen in front of our favorite fountain. You'd think the couple whose picture we took for them in front of the fountain would have offered to do the same for us.