We woke up early in order to get to the aquarium at opening. After some donuts for breakfast (what a treat!), we met our chaperone/Chicago expert Miss Cathleen and she escorted us to the Shedd Aquarium. We completed our river vs sea study in the upstairs galleries, and then got a chance to observe some of the marine mammals for a while before catching a 4-D movie about Ancient Sea Monsters and the Dolphin behavior show.
Lunch was authentic Chicago-style hot dogs from a cart outside of the aquarium! Yum! Then we played a little on the rolling green fields of Museum Campus before heading back to the apartment to rest for a few hours.
Following rest time, we jumped in an UberX and headed to the University of Chicago to check out the Oriental Institute. Founded by the archaeology professor who inspired the tales of Dr. Henry Jones, this museum has an extensive and impressive collection of artifacts. We chose to focus on the Egyptian gallery, and completed a scavenger hunt that taught us all about ancient funerary and mummification rituals. Then we ambled through the rest of the space, awed by the collection of antiquities.
We were TIRED after our full day, so dinner was another Chicago staple-- deep dish pizza from Giordano's! The kids all gave it at least one thumb up, and we went to bed happy and full.