Chicago experience with the Chicago City Pass (Day 2)

The day before the City Pass has clearly paid off and we had a blast. On our second day in Chicago we visited the Natural History Museum “The Field Museum”, The Adler Planetarium, went to the tallest building in Chicago and let the day fade away in Millennium Park.

Our second day in Chicago started again with sleeping in, because although our son can sleep early, he let us until 7:15 in bed. Heavenly!!!

The Field Museum mit dem Chicago CityPASS

The Field Museum

The Field Museum

This time it was for us back to the museum campus and that the “The Field Museum”, The Natural History Museum houses many exhibitions on various topics, such as China, Egypt, Earth's dinosaurs, plants and animals from around the world and so much more. With the Chicago CityPass is the entry plus the access for the China exhibition “Cyrus Tang Hall of China” and a 3D movie included. We watched a 3D film about Egypt, which the little man unfortunately was boring.

The exhibits are very interesting and informative. Our sunshine liked especially the dinosaurs, but also grade the age where we find the great. Unfortunately, but also understandable, should not to eat and drink everywhere, due to the exhibits. With a toddler but this is not always so easy when you are browsing a particular issue and you have to ask for patience until it can take a sip. Fortunately, the individual exhibitions are not so huge that you could not go out fast times.

Adler Planetarium with the Chicago CityPass

Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Anschließend war das Adler Planetarium unser Ziel. Wir liefen also die paar Meter bis zum Ende der Halbinsel und siehe da, die Sonne kam raus. Im Planetarium gibt es allerlei Ausstellungen über das Universum und seine Entstehung, die Planeten unseres Sonnensystems sowie über die Milchstraße und die Entdeckung des Himmels (Geschichte der Sternenkunde), außerdem auch über die Raumfahrtgeschichte, wie die Apollo-Missionen und die Mondlandung. Alle Ausstellungen sind sehr informativ und teilweise kindgerecht gestaltet. Typisch für Amerika ist die sehr einfache und knallbunte Darstellung und Erklärweise. Ich glaube, bei uns sieht das ein bisschen wissenschaftlicher aus, aber mir gefällt das so auch ganz gut. Inklusive im Chicago CityPASS ist nicht nur der Eintritt sonder auch zwei Filme. Wir entschieden uns für Planet Nine und Skiwatch Live (die älteste Show des Adler Planetariums).

The film Nine Plant is shown in a large room with a domed roof. The film itself is projected onto the dome, which makes a 3D effect without it really 3D. Initially some getting used to, because I was dizzy a bit, but with the time to do it. Our son can, however, was afraid. For him, the start looked so real with the rocket at the beginning of the film that he called all the time, he wanted to back down. He cried and was so confused that Christian had to get out with him.

Nur etwas später gingen wir in den zweiten Film: in Skywatch Live geht es um den Sternenhimmel über Chicago und die Lichtverschmutzung über Großstädten. Dieser Film wurde in einem kleineren Raum gezeigt und an eine nur leicht gewölbte Decke projiziert. Damit wirkte er nicht so spektakulär wie Planet Nine, war aber sehr interessant. Leider hatte unser kleiner Mann schon beim Hinsetzen in die Sessel so eine Angst bekommen, dass er wieder anfing, mit weinen und unbedingt raus wollte. Der Schock vom anderen Film saß wohl noch zu tief. Also ging ich diesmal mit ihm raus und Christian schaute sich den Film an. Glücklicherweise gibt es im Planetarium einen ganz tollen Kinderbereich, welchen wir bevölkern konnten. Hier kann man kleine Marsroboter selber steuern, in einer nachgebauten Raumstation spielen und rutschen, in einem Videospiel eine Rakete starten und vieles Mehr.

Then it was for us to Willis Tower, because the sun had now occurred entirely behind the clouds and the view was great. We took again the bus line 146 in the city, this time we had the money also fits here (in the Ride the day before we only had large bills and could not pay, so we invited someone on his fare card).

Willis Tower-Skydeck mit dem Chicago CityPASS

The Willis Tower, with its observation deck to the Skydeck is the second tallest building in the United States and the tallest building in Chicago. But it is quite clear that you have up there to have really seen this city.

Willis Tower

Willis Tower

On our way there, our son slept unfortunately missed and at the end all the fun and great views. When we arrived at the foot of the 527 m high building, we were here in total, including stroller steers through the wheelchair accessible entrance. They told us directly, we would have 1 to 1 1/2 hours waiting expect puhhh, but now we're here because we want high. Thanks to the Chicago CityPass we not only free admission but were also straight through and had to wait only briefly on the lifts. It all took just as 20 minutes. Excellent!

After a spectacular ride in one of the fastest elevators in the world, we got to 412 m heights on the Skydeck. It was, as expected, very busy, but a gap on the panoramic glass front could always be found. We had a magnificent view over Chicago and Lake Michigan. The clouds moved slowly across the water to the city in, what kind of atmosphere. Chicago looks from above just beautiful out! Since it was late afternoon and the sun moved slowly towards the horizon, the city was bathed in a great light. Almost a bit to end to the day magical and perfect!

Chicago from above

Chicago from above

Christian wanted still to 412 m directly to look into the depth in one of the three glass balconies. The queues in front of it were endlessly long, because this experience is when entering it. He stood at the shortest, yet waited 30 minutes. There are the obligatory photo, which can be purchased at the outlet for a lot of money then. But you can also take pictures themselves. For me, that's nothing, I do not trust myself to a glass bottom at this level, but Christian thought it was pretty good.

What a view

What a view

Cloud Gate am Millennium Park

Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate

After this great view from the top, we wanted to visit the landmark Chicago's Cloud Gate at Millennium Park or “The Bean”, Our little man was meanwhile again woke up and was very pleased with this oversized Verzerrspiegel. This attraction is definitely at a Chicago visit it. The many perspectives and funny pictures, created in this context should not be missed.

On the way to the hotel, we treated ourselves to a burger at Shake Shack and were thrilled as always. The wave fries are the best ever and our son loves them.

Shake Shack in Chicago

Shake Shack in Chicago

Unfortunately, this was our last day in Chicago, but the next day it should go along Lake Michigan north.

What can you recommend Guide for Chicago?

For the perfect city break in Chicago, we recommend you this guide, Here you will find not only a detailed map, but also a lot of information to all major attractions. In addition, great suggestions for trips to the outskirts you are shown.

The Chicago City Pass was kindly provided by “Choose Chicago” made available. At this point again a warm thanks for the cooperation. This article presents our free and independent opinion. For more information about journalistic independence can be found at the point cooperation.

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Review of Chicago experience with the Chicago CityPass
  • The Field Museum
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Willis Tower/ Skydeck
  • Millennium Bean
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Auch der zweite Tag in Chicago war erlebnisreich und hat sich mit dem CityPASS auf jeden Fall gelohnt. Das The Field Museum, das Adler Planetarium und auch der Willis Tower sind absolut empfehlenswert und auch für Kleinkinder geeignet. Wer aufregende Tage in Chicago verbringen und die schönsten Attraktionen besuchen möchte, der sollte sich den Chicago CityPASS holen.

Christin

Hey, I'm Christin and I come from the magical Merseburg. During my studies in Erfurt, I met my husband Christian. Now, we both live in the beautiful Halle-Dölau. Through my profession as an architect, I am always interested in locations with exciting history and great architecture. Our tours are therefore also always a little business. ;)

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