8/4/2019

Chicago: Cubs

I actually wasn’t a big fan of Wrigley Field, which was small and many of the seats had obstructed views. We had some of the highest seats in the stadium, and it still cost a fortune.

But, the Cubs fans made up for the stadium’s deficiencies. It was a sold out crowd that watched and cheered for every pitch. When the Cubs beat the Brewers, the atmosphere was electric.

Afterward the game, we visited the Cubs’ World Series trophy.

8/3/2019

Chicago: Fermilab and Lake Michigan

During the early afternoon we visited Fermilab, to learn about particle physics, the experiments they are conducting, and visiting their bison herd.

We visited two new states with our late afternoon and evening, driving along the bottom of the lake through Indiana and into Michigan.

The boys got to stick their feet in Lake Michigan, which was about the temperature of the Pacific Ocean.

8/2/2019

Chicago: Museum Of Science And Industry

We spent the day at the MSI, one of the largest science museums in the world. It was filled an amazingly wide breadth of exhibits, everything from exhibits about weather, farming tech, genetics, cars, space, and even a German U-Boat.

8/1/2019

Chicago: White Sox

Guaranteed Rate Field is the 11th MLB stadium we have visited as a family. It was a nice stadium, good parking and well laid out.

We had a great game, the tickets were super cheap, even on the field level, and our seats were in the shade. The boys and I even got up on the giant video scoreboard during the “Kids Cam”!

Unfortunately, the White Sox didn’t have as good of game as we did. The Mets shut them out with a score of 4 to 0.

The boys getting their pitch speeds:

7/31/2019

Chicago: Shedd Aquarium

We went from outer space yesterday to being under the sea today, with our visit to the Shedd Aquarium. We all got to pet string rays and sturgeons, saw an awesome beluga whale show, and looked at more kinds of fish than you could imagine.

I also discovered that it is very difficult to take pictures of fish in their tanks.

7/30/2019

Chicago: Adler Planetarium

Today’s museum was the Adler Planetarium. We explored exhibits about telescopes, the planets, the Gemini and Apollo missions, and the formation of the universe.

The highlight of the trip was the two planetarium shows we watched, one about the Moon and another where we were “tourists” visiting different locations in the solar system. Our brains were crammed full of space science by the time we left.

7/29/2019

Chicago: Field Museum

After a morning walk though the park, and a surreal sculpture garden of legs, we arrived at the Chicago’s Field Museum.

The natural history museum is one of the world’s largest, but we did out best to see as much as possible. We could have easily spent two whole days there.

The highlight of our day was Sue, the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world. Last school year, Connor learned about her in class, so was super excited to meet her in person.

7/28/2019

Chicago: Willis Tower

For our first adventure in Chicago, we rode the “L” to visit the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the US.

We visited the 103rd floor SkyDeck twice, once during the daylight hours and once at night. Both times we braved the Ledge, a glass box sticking out from the side of the building.

Between our SkyDeck visits, we had famous Chicago Deep Dish pizza at Giordano’s and visited the Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

7/14/2019

Angels Beat The Mariners

The game was a good one, with the Mariners leading for the first 4 innings but the Angels tied it up in the 5th. They got a rally going in the bottom of the 8th and the rookie Matt Thaiss hit his first MLB home run, which was a 3 run shot!

6/21/2019

Oregon: Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals

The Rice Museum has the most amazing collection of minerals and petrified trees that I’ve ever seen. Connor is really into rocks and was in heaven.

Later in the day, back at my parent’s house, I took some pictures of all the grandkids together, including the newest addition: Baby Braelyn Stewart.