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 Posted: Fri Apr 30th, 2010 01:35 am
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My brother's wedding is June 5th in Chi-town. Me and my two girls (11 and 7) are flying in two days before and we'll have one day full to see the sights.

I am looking at possibly doing the Chicago City Pass-$70/adult and $60/child so that we can see the Sears Tower observatory (I've done it, I want them to see it), Shedd Aquarium (done it-very cool), Adler Planetarium (never done it), Museum of Science (never done it).

That's $190 for 4 things, which isn't cheap. My alternative is to take them to the Sears Tower and maybe the Shedd, which would be around $110.

If there's anything of interest that I should take my girls to that I have not heard of (besides my oldest wanting a Chicago-style hot dog), please let me know.

Thanks!
Eric

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I would go to the site of the Chicago's World Fair but I'm not sure how much is there of interest to kids, or how well they've maintained the site from a historical perspective (plaques, museums, etc.).  But when I go to Chicago (maybe this summer) I'm going there, Sears Tower, and Wrigley and I'll fill in the rest later.

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Whatever you decide, you gotta take them to the Shedd Aquarium. Best of the 4 IMO.



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clawmaster wrote:
Whatever you decide, you gotta take them to the Shedd Aquarium. Best of the 4 IMO.


Thanks Jim. I totally agree. I guess a better way to phrase the question is I am fully committed to the Shedd and (even though it's a fucking rip off) the Sears tower. After that, I can be persuaded to do just about anything that isn't a rip off (or if it is, that it's worth it from a "wow" perspective). I liked the really cheesy Al Capone museum when I visited in 1996 but I'm a total mafia nut and I really don't want to explain that one to my kids.

Steve-I'd take 'em to Wrigley in a heartbeat but they'd see nothing else.

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HBF wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Whatever you decide, you gotta take them to the Shedd Aquarium. Best of the 4 IMO.


Thanks Jim. I totally agree. I guess a better way to phrase the question is I am fully committed to the Shedd and (even though it's a fucking rip off) the Sears tower. After that, I can be persuaded to do just about anything that isn't a rip off (or if it is, that it's worth it from a "wow" perspective). I liked the really cheesy Al Capone museum when I visited in 1996 but I'm a total mafia nut and I really don't want to explain that one to my kids.

Steve-I'd take 'em to Wrigley in a heartbeat but they'd see nothing else.

Eric, I hope that everything is working out and I hope that You and Your Daughters have a great time in Chicago.



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The Museum of Science and Industry is great for kids, but has enough to keep a grown up happy too. The highlight is a real German submarine captured during World War II.

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Thanks Max. And Ted, things are well. Thanks man!

So I guess the pass is basically a wash. I have approximately 7 hours to do these things. The Sears Tower takes maybe an hour tops. The Shedd can easily take 3 if I remember correctly, and my kids have never seen penguins live. The Science museum is another 3 hours. Guess I have the day covered and I'll buy the passes so that I can have instant admission to each one.



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HBF wrote: Thanks Max. And Ted, things are well. Thanks man!

So I guess the pass is basically a wash. I have approximately 7 hours to do these things. The Sears Tower takes maybe an hour tops. The Shedd can easily take 3 if I remember correctly, and my kids have never seen penguins live. The Science museum is another 3 hours. Guess I have the day covered and I'll buy the passes so that I can have instant admission to each one.

Sounds like a fun day.  Let us know how it goes and if you come across anything else cool let me know.



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Will do.

Forgot to mention my Wrigley experience two weeks ago.

I went to the Cubs'second home game this year (Oswalt vs. Gorzellany). I was amazed at how we were surrounded by hardcore drunks at 10am in the bars. And by the amount of hot women who were by themselves, without boyfriends, drinking for the game. Truly eye-opening. That would never happen in NY. You'd have a few chubby Dominican or Puerto Rican girls out for their "girls night out" which included heckling/stalking Manny Ramirez and not limited to slipping him the date rape drug.

The game itself was another drunkfest. I was amazed at how many people loiter outside, at Sheffields, arrive after the 3rd inning without care, or don't arrive at all. It was really a spectacle more than a sporting event for me. We ended up following a lot of people who were there and leaving in the 7th and hit a bar just a block down, where we invited girls in off the street and drank watching the rest of the game.

I'm sure there's a little boy who watched every pitch as if it was his greatest life's joy, but I certainly didn't get that feel out of the stadium that day.

Quite a weekend............



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The guys are right about the Shedd Aquarium. It's the best bet with the Museum of Science and Industry a close second.


The Shedd is around 1200 South on LSD and the Museum around 5700 South on LSD so you'll probably have to rent a card.

Not sure if the White Sox are in during those days but if you want to slum it to 35th and Shields I can probably fix you up with four tickets.

Whatever you decide here's hoping you have a great time.

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Chitown Rich wrote:

The guys are right about the Shedd Aquarium. It's the best bet with the Museum of Science and Industry a close second.


The Shedd is around 1200 South on LSD and the Museum around 5700 South on LSD so you'll probably have to rent a card.

Not sure if the White Sox are in during those days but if you want to slum it to 35th and Shields I can probably fix you up with four tickets.

Whatever you decide here's hoping you have a great time.



You always were awesome Rich. I'll let you know.



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