The Museum of Science & Insdustry has a massive model train set-up that shows how important rail is to the region and how it connects Chicago to the rest of the country. From the balcony, near the Boeing 727 exhibit, you can see the plane flying over the little city below. Too cute!
At street level the scaled-down Chicago is adorable!
Look at it! It goes on for miles. There are many landmark buildings and it gives a flavor of typical Chicago neighborhoods.
See the blue windows on the left side of the street? Those are meant to represent this building, which I talked about in this post!
Another shot of downtown Chicago! Trains are a very important part of life in Chicago. It sure makes it easier for us to get around.
We live on the Green Line. The trains represented in the Chicago model include the Green and Red Lines!
From the city, the trains spread out to the countryside, showing unusual terrain.
Trains move through the farm land! I LOVE this picture. It looks so charming and tiny!
From the balcony we got a shot of the spectacular bridge that separates the two sections of the model railroad.
Finally, we end up in Seattle! Isn’t this cute? I’ve been to Seattle and it looks just like this! Ha!
Next time we go, I’m setting up the tripod and taking pictures of Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle! That was pretty awesome. Check it out here.
In the Toy Making factory, you can watch a toy–called the Gravitron–as it makes its way from assembly to packaging. You can also have yours customized (we picked the name Monty but don’t tell the other cats).
The museum of Science & Industry featured a huge selection of robot toys and a couple of bonuses–like the robot above. It’s a Sentinel featured in the Matrix movies. Weird!
This is a model of a submarine launching a missile! Dale loved it because it was in plastic and the missile has cotton wrapped around the base to simulate the foam of the water. It was a neat little model.
The petroleum exhibit had a small room that illustrated the refinery process. Dale though the bubbles were neat!
Another great interactive opportunity! Dale got to ride a segway for the first time. He was super excited though the guide gal was a bit over protective.
We had a pretty fabulous day at the museum today! So fabulous that I’m going to break it up into pieces because I love the pics so much!
First off, I think Body Worlds was really amazing. It was a startling exhibit that I enjoyed but also found disturbing. I was doing really well until there was a man sliced like a loaf of bread. And he had a face that had skin on it! Very unsettling. At any rate, I think if you’re curious about the human body at all it’s very well worth seeing. Bonus is that the entire thing was created by a totally mad scientist named Gunther who wears a black hat at all times. Very odd.
The museum is a great day-long activity! What a huge place filled with scads of interesting exhibits! One of my favorites is surely the chicken hatchery. Dale took these great shots to show off the exhibit:
There are two pens in the hatchery. The first is where the eggs go when they are 21 days old. This is when the baby chicks finally break on through the shell with their special egg-shell breaking beak! The exhibit helpfully puts one of the eggs under a magnifying glass, as you can see above.
Click on the pic above to get a closer look at a tiny beak poking away at its shell! So bitsy!
There were three new chicks milling about during our visit. It takes the little guys about 10 hours to bust out of the shell so they are tired when they get out. They kind of just hop around lamely squeaking like crazy.
They are very curious right from the start and they poke around, looking for food or momma or something and then they get tired and rest for a bit. Once the chicks have made it through the shell and have chilled out in the cage for a few hours they can graduate to the next phase…
Baby chicks can start to eat grain about 24 hours after they are born. So they are moved to the incubation housing next door where they eat and frolic with the other new chicks until they are moved to a farm or something. The museum hatches birds that were facing extinction and helps boosts the population of three different birdies.
How insanely cute is this little guy? Why does he have to grow up to be an ugly chicken? I swear, I’m eventually going to be vegetarian because animals are just too cute to eat!
I realized today when I transferred my camera card to my computer that I never posted our Easter picks. We’re not the most religious folks but it sure was nice to spend the holiday with our friends Lara & Tony and their families. Incredibly sweet and generous folks! THe picture above is Lara and her mom in Lara’s dining room.
We had Polish feast that included sausage, sauerkraut, ham, salad and other goodies. All of it was exceptional! And Tony’s clever way of getting rid of the leftovers while cleaning the kitchen was awesome. Look at all the baggies of goodies. We took home more than our fair share for lunch the next week.
Lara and Tony have the infamous Christmas Story leg lamp! It’s fragile! And so very beautiful!
Tony’s mom makes a lamb cake every year. It’s awesome. And it has raisins at its butt! Haa! Anyway, I was fascinated when she told me she uses a cast iron mold that belonged to her mother. I, of course, searched for the pan on ebay and it sells for like $100. It’s pretty rare, I guess! Neat!
Another great dessert treat were the fantastic bird’s nest/peep cupcakes! Wow, were they neat! And delicious!
We’re going to see Body Worlds 2 tomorrow morning and I’m a bit nervous. I’ve heard that it’s really fascinating but I’m a bit squeamish. Not that I can’t handle seeing displays of human anatomy but this isn’t just a display! These are actual bodies and actual bones and skin and muscles and tissue and eeeeek!
The above picture wigs me out a bit and that’s just one thing! Anyway, we’re heading to the Museum of Science and Industry for the first time so it’s sure to be a full day! Dale’s been wanting to go for some time!