We actually made it to Chicago and the Field Museum just in time for our 10-10:30AM entry tickets to the King Tut exhibition. We drove to Madison last night, and then left this morning around 6:30 AM to get to Chicago in time. In fact, we should have had plenty of time, but breakfast took almost an hour. At a truck stop. Normally breakfast is very fast at truck stops, so we weren’t sure what was going on there. We didn’t get to check in at our hotel before hitting the museum as a result, but at least we made it.
The exhibit was wonderful! Way too crowded, but great to see none-the-less. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the exhibit (not surprising), so all I have are a book of postcards. My favorite thing in the exhibit was a cartouche-shaped box with Tutankhamun’s name in it and an elaborate necklace/pectoral.
After the King Tut exhibit and lunch, we poked around the rest of the museum, though we only took in a few of the exhibits. We were still rather tired from our drive and early start this morning. Of course, we had plenty of time to spend money in the gift shops. After dropping a few bucks, we went to check into our hotel and take a bit of a rest.
After resting, we ventured out of our hotel to find dinner. Just a couple blocks down Michigan Ave. was the Hilton and Kitty O’Shea’s an Irish pub which had great veggie burgers.
The Taste of Chicago is also this weekend, just across from our hotel. So, we decided to check it out. Of course, as soon as we got very close, we started to get overwhelmed by the crowds. We didn’t actually taste Chicago, but I did get to snap a few pictures of the cheesy midway carousel.
Finally we went back to the hotel and crashed. Lots packed into one very tiring day!