|Stained Glass Dome in Dreihaus Museum, 1901|
|Necklace and original custom designed case from "The Maker &* the Muse" Exhibit|
Note that the case is moulded to display the chain nicely curved around.
Wednesday morning we headed north Chicago to explore the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum followed by the Zoo and the Conservatory in Lincoln Park, The nature museum is oriented to kids and covers everything from wildlife, plants and energy conservation. It includes a delightful Butterfly Garden (Note: All Butterfly Gardens are delightful.) There was a section dedicated to Monarch Butterflies and their annual migration to Mexico.
The zoo has an extensive collection of birds and animals from around the world.
|Meerkats, alert as always|
|Tawny Frogmouth from Australia (roughly 10 inches tall)|
|Inca Tern from Peru & Chile.|
Love the way the feathers stick out at the base of the nec,.
Lincoln Park neighbors on Old Town, the location of Second City Comedy Club (home to ever so many comedians we all know and love). Our new friend Jean (a friend of our home exchange host in Chicago who will be joining her in San Miguel) had advised us to take the Second City Tour of Old Town. It provided insight into the history of Chicago and Second City Comedy Club. We enjoyed it. After the tour we stopped by to visit with Jean.
|Homes in Old Town, built just after the 1871 fire. |
Note: These are early pre-fab homes that could be ordered from a catalog.
Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle is a spectacular miniature castle she had constructed complete with furnishings including a painting by Walt Disney himself, the tiniest bible ever to be written (dating back to 1840) and ancient statues more than 2,000 years old. Colleen was an actress, appearing in silent and later films. She has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. These scale a bit less than 1" per foot...for a great tour of the castle see: http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/fairycastle/the-exhibit/
Other exhibits include trains (an engine and a large layout of Chicago), aircraft (from the Wright Brothers to a 727), weather (including a hands on tornado simulator), farming technology, and a model circus consisting of over 22,000 pieces.
|Model Train Layout|
|Farming Technology... turning "poop to power"...|
For those who don't know, Pat grew up in a farm, well before such technology.
But apparently she is still intrigued by advancements in the industry.
|We liked the mushroom selection as well|
|The Secret Service protecting Obama-hood".|
In fact so good we decided we simply needed to dine a Frontera Grill even if no reservations were available. Hence the plan for Saturday was set in place to arrive at Frontera Grill before it's 5pm opening.
Later on our evening walk we decided to check out Navy Pier, getting much closer to the ferris wheel and discovering many cruise boats and tourists and some nice views of the city. But bottom line, don't bother with Navy Pier UNLESS you simply need a new destination for a walk. We took the bus back to our Chicago home and realized we must have missed an amazing sunset while on the bus...see photo of the last seconds below.
|View to the east from Navy Pier|
|The remaining seconds of what have been an amazing sunset.|
|Sunrise from our balcony|
We arrived at Frontera Grill at 4:45 and were first in line (but followed quickly by many more). It was definitely worth the short wait, it was even worth a longer wait!
One Topolo Margarita (Herradura anejo tequila, Torres orange liquer,
housemade limonada) and one Blue Agave Margarita (Milagro blanco tequila,
Cointreau, fresh lime juice).
|Queso Fundido (Baked Cheese)|
|Carne Asada (done perfectly...very medium rare)|
|Duck in Yucatan Pipian|