Chicago – Day Twelve

Battled to get Lewis out of his pit this morning so it was a stressful day before we’d even started ????

However we managed to leave the house, but only took the one car with 6 of us in and it’s only a 5 seater!

We left the car at Lisle train station which only cost us $3 for all day then caught the train into Union Station, Chicago which just sits at the back of The Sears Tower. Unfortunately the train we caught was not the express but the stopper, however we did pass through some very quaint villages. The train itself was different as it was double storey.

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Once we arrived and got up on top it was the chance to take a few more photo’s of my favourite building The Sears Tower

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On the next photo you can see the Skydeck boxes 103 floors up

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A quick stop off for lunch at MacDonald’s which was Elle’s choice before heading off to Navy Pier, en-route we took in Cloud Gate (the bean) in Millennium Park reported to have cost $43 million.

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When you stand under the middle of the bean it looks like your looking through a fly’s eye, bizarre.

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Now off to Navy Pier for our trip on the tall ship Windy, where we were taken out on Lake Michigan for 70 minutes some great photos of Chicago from the boat.

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We even got buzzed by the US Blue Angels who were practising for the Chicago Air and Water show on Saturday.

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After the boat trip I made them all walk over to the Shedd Aquarium that I thought was only a mile away, oh how wrong was I as it was 2 miles away! Lewis, Josh and Elle were not the happiest of people. Julie and Mrs C were a little more forgiving. Sorry girls.

The aquarium is the biggest I’ve ever seen, its about 5 times bigger than the blue planet aquarium on the Wirral. Some very fine exhibits in the aquarium but the best for me was the dolphins, four in total. Not many photos as my camera battery died ????

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After the aquarium we had to get a taxi back to Union Station as the kids all refused to walk the 2.5 miles.

Now off to be as we are all knackered.

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