LUNCH DAY 3
|Just one portion of the Museum of Science & Industry|
|The Baby Chicks|
Also, the Museum has one of the best food courts of just about any museum anywhere. There's a ton of food choices, from a salad bar to a grill station, to a pasta bar, and you can get almost anything there. They also have a lot of capacity for people. The trick is to get there early. Eat lunch at 11:30, so that when most people are eating lunch, you are seeing exhibits. And that's what we did.
|The Jolly Ball flipper machine|
Here's a pretty good video of the Jolly Ball in action.
At the end of the day we had a little snack of ice cream before leaving the museum. They have an old-fashioned ice cream parlor (Finegan's) in the museum. Everything is old fashioned except for their price. And the long wait to get ice cream. Unlike our lunch we did not time it well, but after the miles of walking in the museum and being stimulated, we needed a little downtime, so it worked out well.
DINNER DAY 3
|Some of the awesome food at Indie Cafe.|
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LUNCH DAY 4
RJ Grunts. Grunts is the original Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, and is the base stone on which the Lettuce empire is based. They serve hearty hamburgers and American fare, and have a great salad bar. They are also well known for their milkshakes, but strangely no one ordered one. Grunts opens at 11:30 am and we got there right when they opened, which was great because by noon the place was packed out.
After lunch we moseyed on over to the zoo and had a delightful day looking at all of the animals. We got to see them feed and train the gorillas, saw all kinds of exotic animals we'd never heard of before, and marveled at the sleepy lions. (Even sleeping lions are pretty cool cats.) We didn't see all of the zoo but had a great time walking around for a couple of hours. We missed the giraffes, even though
After the zoo, we walked back to the car and got a chance to play on the playground. There the kids played around and ran off whatever energy they had. I practiced some slow motion video. Then we went home and had a little downtime before our big blow out dinner.
DINNER DAY 4
Francesca's. It's a local Italian restaurant and serves lots of delicious Italian food. I had a linguine with seafood (kind of a frutti di mare, but they didn't call it that) that was really wonderful. I didn't taste anybody else's food, but everybody raved about their dishes. They have 3 or 4 throughout the city, and although we hadn't been to our local one, we had been to the one in Lake View. We will definitely be back!
And that's it. The next day, the McGills hung out with some local cousins before heading to the airport and back to NYC. It was so much fun to get the kids together and pick up where we had left off, especially in our culinary extravaganza's. We've already got plans to see them this summer, and I'm sure the food (and the company) will be wonderful.