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 with a Sleep in, because although our son, husband, delivery time, screw-in, he let us in until 7:15 p.m. in the bed. Heavenly!!!

The Field Museum mit dem Chicago CityPASS

The Field Museum

The Field Museum

This time it went for us back to the Museum Campus and into “The Field Museum”. The natural history Museum houses many different exhibitions on various topics, such as China, Egypt, earth history, dinosaurs, plants, and animals from all over the world and so much more. With the Chicago city pass grants you admission plus access to the China-exhibition “the Cyrus Tang Hall of China” and a 3D movie is included. We watched a 3D Film about Egypt, which the little man was, unfortunately, boring.

The exhibitions are very interesting and informative. Our sunshine liked especially the dinosaurs, but the grade is also the age, where to find the great. Unfortunately, but understandably, not allowed to eat anywhere and drink, due to the exhibits. With a small child but this is not always so easy when you're in the midst of a certain exhibition, and it must require patience, until it is allowed to drink a SIP. Fortunately, the individual exhibitions are not so huge that you could not quickly go out of time.

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 Erklärungsweise. 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, sondern auch zwei Filme. Wir entschieden uns für Planet Nine und Skywatch Live (die älteste Show des Adler Planetariums).

The Film is Planning Nine shows in a large room with a dome roof. The Film itself is projected on the dome, which makes a 3D effect, without the it is really 3D. Initially a little getting used to, since to me a bit dizzy, but with the time to do it. Our son got, however, fear. For him, the Start of the rocket was at the beginning of the movie so real that he cried the whole time, he wanted to back down. He cried and was so upset that Christian had with him out.

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 Mars Roboter selber steuern, in einer nachgebauten Raumstation spielen und rutschen, in einem Videospiel eine Rakete starten und vieles Mehr.

Then it was time for us to Willis Tower, for the sun was now occurred completely behind the clouds and the visibility was super. We took again the bus route 146 in the town, this time we had the money to match (in the case of the Ride the day before we only had large Bills and could not pay, so someone on his tariff card and invited).

Willis Tower-Skydeck mit dem Chicago CityPASS

The Willis Tower, with its Observation deck, the Skydeck, the second tallest building in the United States and the tallest building in Chicago. It is obvious that you have to have to this city is really seen.

Willis Tower

Willis Tower

Auf unserem Weg dort hin schlief unser Sohn leider ein und verpasste am Ende den ganzen Spaß und die schöne Aussicht. Als wir am Fuße des 527 m hohen Gebäudes ankamen, wurden wir samt Kinderwagen durch den rollstuhlgerechten Eingang hereingelotst. Man sagte uns direkt, wir müssten mit 1 bis 1 1/2 Stunden Wartezeit rechnen, puhhh, aber jetzt sind wir einmal hier, da wollen wir auch hoch. Dank des Chicago CityPASS hatten wir nicht nur kostenlosen Eintritt, sondern waren auch schnurstracks durch und mussten nur kurz an den Aufzügen warten. Hat alles gerade mal so 20 Minuten gedauert! Super!

Nach einer spektakulären Fahrt in einem der schnellsten Aufzüge der Welt kamen wir in 412 m Höhen auf dem Skydeck an. Es war wie erwartet sehr voll, aber eine Lücke an der Panorama Glasfront war immer zu finden. Wir hatten eine grandiose Sicht über Chicago und den Michigansee. Die Wolken zogen langsam über das Wasser hinweg in die Stadt herein, was für eine Atmosphäre. Chicago sieht von oben einfach nur wunderschön aus! Da es schon später Nachmittag war und die Sonne langsam Richtung Horizont wanderte, war die Stadt in ein tolles Licht getaucht. Fast ein bisschen magisch und perfekt um den Tag ausklingen zu lassen!

Chicago from above

Chicago from above

Christian wanted to be able to look in one of the three glass balconies to 412 m in depth. The queues were endlessly long, because this experience is at the entrance of it. He turned to the Shortest and waited still for 30 min. There is the obligatory photo, which can be purchased for a lot of money on output only. But you can also make photos. For me, this is nothing, I trust myself on a glass floor at this height, but Christian found it quite 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 Chicago landmark: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park and “The Bean”. Our little man was in the meantime also become awake again and was very pleased with this oversized distorting mirror. This attraction is definitely one of them during a Chicago visit. The many angle of view and funny photos that are incurred, should not be missed.

On the way to the Hotel, we treated ourselves to a Burger at Shake Shack and, as always, were thrilled. The shaft fries are the Best ever and our son loves them.

Shake Shack in Chicago

Shake Shack in Chicago

Leider war das unser letzter Tag in Chicago, aber am nächsten Tag sollte es weiter gehen am Michigansee entlang in Richtung Norden.

What are the guides you can recommend for Chicago?

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

The Chicago city pass was kindly provided by “Choose Chicago” available. At this point, once again, a heartfelt thanks for the cooperation. This contribution represents our independent opinion. For more information about the journalistic independence can be found under the point cooperation.

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Rating of Chicago with the Chicago CityPASS
  • The Field Museum
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Willis Tower/ Skydeck
  • Millennium Bean
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Also the second day in Chicago experience was rich and paid off with the city pass in any case. The Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium and the Willis Tower are highly recommended and also suitable for small children. Those who want to spend exciting days in Chicago, and the most beautiful attractions to visit, you should get the Chicago city pass.

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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