On Day 4 of Chicago Awesome it was time for a little new-resident sight-seeing.
A friend came to visit to see my friends and I (and our new city!) and brought with her energy, excitement and … a list of things to do.
While the rest of us nursed our hangovers and just straight exhaustion from the past couple of weeks… visiting friend outlined our options.
A poll was taken and (acting like children at) the aquarium was picked as the mid-afternoon activity of choice.
We plane/train/automobile-ed it to the east and found Shedd Aquarium. This iconic cultural attraction stands next to Lake Michigan in an enormous and gorgeous building better suited to be our country’s embassy.
However, no president or political figure was found inside this gem. Instead, we feasted our eyes on 25,000 fish and 5,000,000 gallons of water.
As a child I basically abhorred museums. I may have mentioned this in a previous post but 18 years ago I would take in a giant open space with things on the wall and think…. dance studio. The only thing I tolerated was the science museum (dad’s favorite) where I could be kept preoccupied with hands-on exhibits.
Hoping to be sufficiently entertained, I decided to throw myself into this experience.
Our first encounter with those that live in the sea was an enormous aquarium (shocker) with sharks and string-rays and a host of other strange species.
Being surrounded by a plethora of small people under the age of 10 really inspired some of that science museum reminiscing and some age-inappropriate behavior:
- The purchase of a chocolate milk before heading into the first exhibit (absolutely necessary)
- Pressing ourselves to the glass of giant aquarium to say hi to sting-ray (move it kid)
- Group shot against green screen (thankfully we left that work of art at Shedd)
- Spontaneous eruption of excitement (SEA-HORSES!!!!!)……….(move it kid)
- Finding Nemo (no really. we found him. and his dad.)
3 hours later, having seen some pretty wild underwater life (such as the group-named “Snooki Poof” fish), we were exhausted and sufficiently smarter as far as fish are concerned.
Experiencing a part of my new city with friends…. Awesome.