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Haunted Kansas

Only in Your State listed few haunted places in Kansas. Now these are the main places there probably a number more around the state. The one in Stull would be fun to visit. 

Day 5 Trip to Chicago

Today, for breakfast we had the doughnuts again from Do Right. We try different ones to mix it up a little. Besides, stick to what works especially when you are in the go a lot.  This was our last full day in Chicago. 

On the way to our main attraction we went to see the Bean/Cloud. I had wanted to see that for a long time. It was really neat. 

 It was a giant mirror.  There were some other large art work in that little park. It was just a short walk maybe 200 yards to the next destination.   

We worked our way to the Art Institute of Chicago. Now, I had been here before as a kid, much had been changed since last time I was there.  They still had many of the Greek, Byzantine and Chinese, which was always my favorite.  The museum it self was designed very odd.  It has three floors, but only certain elevators go to certain floors.  They have a good selection of Monoe and Vango.  If that is your kind of thing.  Now, they do have a nice eatery.  It was probably the best lunch we had the whole trip only because how good is Museum food usually going to be right?! When I was a kid, my favorite part was always the mid evil armor.  Anymore, it was relegated to just a small room instead of a long hallway as I remember. It was a neat museum. Maybe not as kid friendly as some of the other places in Chicago. 

 One of the few remaining suits.  
 The fountain where we had lunch.   
    Wood Carving
 Art restoration.   

For dinner, we ate at a place called Delux. It was just a short walk from our hotel. It was a good place and kid friendly.  It is owned by the same investors as the Cheese Cake Factory.  It has the same kind of feel to it but not completely. It also does not have cheese cake or at least no more than one kind.  The prices are not close either so may be a fun place if you have kids.

Art Institite: http://m.artic.edu/

DeLux: http://deluxchicago.com/

Day 4 Trip to Chicago

Today we went to the Do Right doughnuts for breakfast. Mainly because we can not get some of these flavors at home like Pistschio. We figured we would rather have doughnuts that are new flavors than some place that serves eggs and potatoes or something.  

We worked our way to the Science and technology museum.  It was crowded. It must have been a school field trip or something.  They had different sections in the museum like a farm, planets/NASA, weather and a submarine. The museum took us most of the day simply because of the size.

Mirror Maze.  
 My wife was in the tornado simulater.   
 Space cow  
Me trying to be an astronaut. 
The submarine, which was called the U505, was a temporary exhibit even though it was at the museum perminatly. The had to modify the submarine to allow visitors in like cut an enterance in the side and adjust some of the floors. We had a guided tour inside. The submarine was one of four attack subs built by Germany.  Two of the others were destroyed and the other was damaged and the wreckage was salvaged off the shore of Great Britain.  Some of the sailers from the submarine actually moved from Germany to be closer to the submarine and helped give tours on the sub for the museum.   

Some of the bunks in the sub. The museum removed some bunks to create the enterance.


The bridge of the sub. The only original place to enter and leave the sub. 
For dinner we went to a place called Roys. It was mainly a sea food place. The food was good. Not someplace I would probably go again. It was not very busy. It was a good time though, we got to enjoy some wine as well and after dinner drinks.  

We went to Marshalls and TJ Maxx after dinner to try and find some Cubs stuff for my wife. Now my wife had never shopped at either place before and found two shirts from some company that’s expensive. But, they did not have Cubs stuff.  
Roys: https://www.roysrestaurant.com/locations/il/chicago

Science and Technology Museum: http://www.msichicago.org/

Chicago Field Museum

 Sue. The most complete dinosaur skeleton at 90% complete.  
Wood totems.
Mammoth tusks.
This little Mammoth had his own special on discovery channel.  It was found frozen in the Tundra in Siberia.
 The lions from the Ghost in The Darkness movie.  Well not the actual movie but the lions from early 1900’s that the movie was about. They were elegied man eaters and had a den, which was why they earned a special place at the museum.  


Pictures from the Shedd Aquarium 

 View of the city from the aquarium.  
Dolphin/whale pool
Shark eggs.

 My wife driving an imaginary submarine.   


Day 3 Trip to Chicago

Today we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Since we squeezed in two major museums yesterday it allowed time to add another visit on the trip to the zoo.  Originally, we saw the zoo in the travel planners online but did not know if we would have time to make it there.  But we did!

For breakfast we we to a local place called Do Rite Doughnuts.  Nice little place.  Very interesting flavor of doughnuts.  Worth checking out if you are around. They had candied bacon and other flavors. I was going to post pictures of the doughnuts but they seemed to disappear before I could. I highly recommend the raspberry jelly filled doughnut!


The kitchen of the doughnut shop. Getting ready to make tr raspberry filled. You can even see the jelly in that tall container.


Before we went to the zoo we did a little shopping.  My wife wanted to go Neman Marqus. The wall paper in the dressing room was like something from the 1970’s. After amlmost signing away our house and our cars for a shirt.  I kid you not! We went to a another store for overstocked clothes.  Still expensive! We also checked out some other stores but one problem we had was aperently no on in Chicago wears anything bigger than an XL.  Now I am in between XL and XXL depending on the style but I guess no one here eats meat and potatoes. Then we were off to the zoo!

One of the neatest things about the zoo is that it does not charge admission.  Now that’s not the only reason to go.   It does have many animals to see, but it does not have elephants.  But that should not be enough to keep you from the zoo.  They have a new exhibit opening in 2016 that will have polar bears and penguins.  We thought it was already open but it was not.  But they still had plenty to see.  It was just outside of the city, there was a great view of the city in the distance. There is a lot of walking involved so keep that in mind if you have kids or are not able to be as mobile.   

Big cat house.  Looks like an old train station.

Nap time! 

 The zebra.


There is a mother part of the zoo when you first come in that is a petting zoo.  That is fun if you have kids.  The whole zoo is great if you have kids.  But the petting zoo is modeled around a farm.  Lots of farm animals like cows and chickens and such.  There is a barn where you can watch cows being milked by machines.  

After we went to the zoo we went to Oz Park.  The main reason we went there was that it was on the way to dinner and it had Wizard of Oz statues.  Being from Kansas it baffled me that Chicago would be the home of anything Oz.  But it was.  It was a nice little park.  Not a real big park, but they did have softball parks there and tennis courts.  

The tin man.  
The scarecrow. 


The lion  

After going to the park, we went to a pizza place called Lou Malnati’s Pizzaria.  It was good and it was highly recommended by a local we meet at the Kansas City Union Station and front desk lady at our hotel. It was my wife’s first attempt at a deep dish pizza. After many reservations about trying deep dish, she actually liked it.  

We bought tickets to the Cubs vs. Brewers at Wrigley Field through StubHub.  The game started at 7:05Pm so we had pizza on the way.  Now my wife is not a big sports fan but I encouraged her to take in a ball game at Wrigley Fieldeeing how it’s Da Cubs.  Not to mention it’s historic value at Wrigley.  Da Cubs won 4-0. It was good game but not a lot of people were on base and things like that, so not a lot of stolen bases.

Wrigley field 


All together we walked about 14 miles. Which, unless you are a runner is a lot.  We ended up taking the train home since we were exhausted.  Which was fun since mass transit is limited in Kansas City.  My wife talked to a lady at the game about the best way to get back to our hotel and she was shocked we walked that far.

Lincoln Park Zoo: http://www.lpzoo.org

Oz Park: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Oz-Park/

Do Right Doughnuts: http://doritedonuts.com

Lu Malnati’s: http://www.tastesofchicago.com/category/Lou_Malnatis_Pizza?utm_campaign=TOC%20-%20Lous&utm_source=Yahoo/Bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=lou%20malnati%20pizza