Chicago has no shortage of things to do but you decide on the Museum of Science and Industry since it is extremely highly rated on Tripadvisor. It is located on the lake but far south of downtown. You consider renting a bicycle and riding the eight miles from your hotel but quickly dismiss the idea as it is so freezing cold that you would most likely have to snap a dog off the bike before being able to use it. You could take the “L” which gets you a block from the museum but you decide on a bus so you can see more of the city from street level.
Riding the bus takes you through multiple forms of the city. You begin from the incredible triple-decker Wacker drive and cruise the city streets stocked with office workers and the mandatory Starbucks and Chipotle’s, enter a motorway where you can catch a glimpse of what might kindly be called ghetto housing, then quickly get off the motorway, pass through a Hispanic neighborhood and turn onto a long residential street that dead ends into the museum. It is quite a diverse bus trip.
Your first view of the museum is impressive. It looks like it belongs on the Mall in Washington D.C. A large grass field, which hides the underground parking garage, opens up in front of the building. All in all a beautiful site and very welcoming.
You cross this grass field and enter into a pillbox well in front of the building itself. This leads to a stairwell which then leads you deep underground to the ticket counter, coat check, and gift shop. After looking over the bewildering amount of ticket options you finally decide on the basic ticket and proceed up an escalator that brings you into a foyer. Here is seating for the restaurant. From here the museum spreads into multiple wings and three levels. Keep your map at the ready so you can see what you wish to see. Or if you are up for an adventure and have all day just start roaming around.
You come across rooms for children, rooms where you can touch and play with stuff, rooms full of planes and trains, a large model of Chicago, an old United 727, a mirror maze, avalanche simulator, famous cars, models of important ships, and dozens of other things. You are glad you decided to spend a whole day here as you need it to see(and touch) everything. Your one regret is not paying for the add-ons. You are missing out on the Lego exhibit, as well as Robot Revolution, the U-505 submarine tour, Coal Mine, Future Energy Chicago and others. There is so much to do!
Extremely happy and with a smile on your face you get your coat from the coat check and walk up the stairs, out the pillbox, and back to the bus stop. Time to go see the Bean now.