I love Chicago. I spent many happy childhood weekends there visiting family, touring museums, eating pizza, and shopping. I never tired of the Coal Mine at Museum of Science and Industry, which I still think is one of the coolest museum experiences in the U.S., and I nourished my imagination with Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle. I saw my first dinosaurs at the Field Museum, and for years I thought the Original and One True Santa Claus could only be visited at the flagship Marshall Field's on State Street.
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We also took a day to visit the Shedd Aquarium, which is magnificent:
My kids have been to some cool aquariums on the west coast, but the Shedd took the cake. My oldest attempted to take a picture of "every fish here" with her iPod Touch. She actually got a few good shots:
Our visit was brief, joyous, and exhausting. But we'll be back. Soon.