The day that our family vacation started was the end of a nearly 24 hour paddling session. I slept for about 5 hours and proceeded to give tours of the outside of our house, mostly discussing the solar panels in the Sustainable Backyard Tour. I had to stop my tours early to take Corvin to a baseball game. It was very hot outside and I fought to stay hydrated and awake. When Corvin and I got home from his baseball game, the backyard tour was over and were were into full packing mode.
We finally left St. Louis about 6 pm driving the first hour through heavy thunder showers. The last four hours were decent weather which was nice as we were going to be driving in the dark in new surroundings. Once at the hotel, it was check in and sleep time.
The trip went something like the following.
Monday: Rain, Museum of Science and Industry
Tuesday: Rain, Museum of Natural History
Wednesday: Rain, back to Museum of Science and Industry
Thursday: Decent weather, Navy Pier, Jet boat ride
Friday: Morning weather good, Sears [Willis] tower, Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup parade
Saturday: Swimming pool and drive home
Its worth noting that spending extra money to stay closer to downtown is worth it in Chicago. We stayed in Naperville, and it was a minimum of 45 minutes to go anywhere we wanted. The kids swam in the pool every day and it was the highlight of their whole trip. Funny thing was the pool was probably only 10’x20′.