Chicago Day 5

We started Independence day by going for an early morning run on the lakefront, where we saw plenty of people setting up early picnics. If you know anything about Chicago, you know that it is (probably) the most self-segregated city in the US. So it was perhaps not that surprising that almost everyone at the lakefront was Hispanic. I have no idea where all the white people went for their 4th of July picnics, but it sure as hell wasn’t here.

It’s Lake Michigan by the way, in case you were wondering. The people in the background were at the Dog beach.

A closer look at the Dog beach. I have to say I’ve rarely seen dogs look as happy as they did running around aimlessly in the surf.

Taking pictures while running: oddly fun.

We stopped mid-run though and had someone take this picture with the Chicago skyline behind us.

Ate some brunch before heading out into the city. I should explain here one of the reasons the Midwest is awesome; the 5 dollar special at the local pancake house included 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 pancakes, and a pile of hash browns. With twice-refilled coffee and a hefty tip for the (very friendly) service, we paid $10 each for a meal that lasted us pretty much the whole day.

Outside the Field Museum. Their signature exhibit is Sue, the most complete and well preserved T-Rex in existence.

Wisely, museum curators put all the “snicker derisively” birds in one case.

Thanks, museum curator; I think you’re a swell person yourself.

I don’t think I’ll ever feel safe around Zombie Logan.

Obligatory Atlas shot.

We got plenty of “that’s what she said” mileage out of this sign.

Took this picture in front of the primordial Earth exhibit, which looked oddly familiar to us. I think it took another 20 episodes before this story arch ended, however. (/nerd reference part 2)

This was actually one of the cooler exhibits there. A collection of pictures (all of them shoulders-and-head) featuring mixed race people who attempt to answer the question “What are you?” in their own words. Some of them had heritages like “Chinese-Dutch-Irish-Welsh-German-Ethiopian” or some-such; and that’s not even an exaggeration. The amalgam of races in some of these people resulted in some truly unique looking features.

Soldier Field (home of DA BEARS) looks awesome. Why did I never know how cool it looks from the outside?

We went to the Adler Planetarium afterward, but it mostly sucked so I’ll skip that. Actually, wait. I can’t skip the part when Logan gained super powers from Cosmic Waves.

We walked around downtown Chicago afterward. Here’s the Sears Tower; we were going to go up, but it cost $20 and seemed pointless.

I have some pretty cool pictures of Chicago architecture and all that, but I’ve already posted so much stuff that no one cares about, it seems pointless to continue.

/end long winded post