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The next day, after a nice, long sleep, we were ready to go again, heading over to the Museum of Science and Industry.  However, while we were waiting for the train at Jarvis, I spotted some work cars that had arrived on the southbound express track.  I took a movie of the revenue train arriving, coming past these work cars.


In one part of the museum, we found projectors where you could interact with what was being projected.  Here, Mom holds up a stack of something.  Then when you moved, the stuff she was "holding" fell to the ground.  I have no idea how it worked, but it was fun to watch.

In one part of the museum, we found projectors where you could interact with what was being projected.  Here, Mom holds up a stack of something.  Then when you moved, the stuff she was “holding” fell to the ground.  I have no idea how it worked, but it was fun to watch.


This is Cute Circuit's Galaxy Dress, which is a dress with 24,000 LEDs woven into it.  Quite a bright sight, though I can't imagine anyone actually wearing such a dress...

This is Cute Circuit’s Galaxy Dress, which is a dress with 24,000 LEDs woven into it.  Quite a bright sight, though I can’t imagine anyone actually wearing such a dress…


Chris and Mom stand under a curtain of mist...

Chris and Mom stand under a curtain of mist…


Mom drives the avalanche simulation in the “Science Storms” exhibit.


Sis explores how the floating ball device works.  Normally, the ball that she is holding in her one hand hovers over the tube that she is touching with her other hand.

Sis explores how the floating ball device works.  Normally, the ball that she is holding in her one hand hovers over the tube that she is touching with her other hand.


The Tesla coil was by far the coolest (and loudest) thing in the "Science Storms" exhibit.  The museum did educational shows from time to time throughout the day, and would activate the Tesla coil as part of the show.  It made a loud buzzing sound, and electricity visibly moved between the center and the rings.

The Tesla coil was by far the coolest (and loudest) thing in the “Science Storms” exhibit.  The museum did educational shows from time to time throughout the day, and would activate the Tesla coil as part of the show.  It made a loud buzzing sound, and electricity visibly moved between the center and the rings.



Here, Mom puts her hand under a light that reveals the blood vessels in her hand.

Here, Mom puts her hand under a light that reveals the blood vessels in her hand.


Baby chickens!

Baby chickens!


On Wednesday, we paid a visit to the Family Matters house, at 1516 W. Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago.  This was basically a quick walk-past, and I got a few photos of the front of the house.  Obviously, this house was only used as the exterior of the Winslows' house.  The interior of the Winslows' house was on a soundstage in Los Angeles (note that the front door as seen from inside on the set and the front door of the real house don't line up).  One thing that's different since the exterior shots for Family Matters were made is the house next door.  In the show's opening, the house to the left of the Winslows' house (the Urkels' house?) is a full story shorter than the Winslows' house.  That house has since been demolished, and a new building, a full story taller than the Winslows' house, was constructed in its place.

On Wednesday, we paid a visit to the Family Matters house, at 1516 W. Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago.  This was basically a quick walk-past, and I got a few photos of the front of the house.  Obviously, this house was only used as the exterior of the Winslows’ house.  The interior of the Winslows’ house was on a soundstage in Los Angeles (note that the front door as seen from inside on the set and the front door of the real house don’t line up).  One thing that’s different since the exterior shots for Family Matters were made is the house next door.  In the show’s opening, the house to the left of the Winslows’ house (the Urkels’ house?) is a full story shorter than the Winslows’ house.  That house has since been demolished, and a new building, a full story taller than the Winslows’ house, was constructed in its place.

On Wednesday, we paid a visit to the Family Matters house, at 1516 W. Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago.  This was basically a quick walk-past, and I got a few photos of the front of the house.  Obviously, this house was only used as the exterior of the Winslows' house.  The interior of the Winslows' house was on a soundstage in Los Angeles (note that the front door as seen from inside on the set and the front door of the real house don't line up).  One thing that's different since the exterior shots for Family Matters were made is the house next door.  In the show's opening, the house to the left of the Winslows' house (the Urkels' house?) is a full story shorter than the Winslows' house.  That house has since been demolished, and a new building, a full story taller than the Winslows' house, was constructed in its place.  On Wednesday, we paid a visit to the Family Matters house, at 1516 W. Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago.  This was basically a quick walk-past, and I got a few photos of the front of the house.  Obviously, this house was only used as the exterior of the Winslows' house.  The interior of the Winslows' house was on a soundstage in Los Angeles (note that the front door as seen from inside on the set and the front door of the real house don't line up).  One thing that's different since the exterior shots for Family Matters were made is the house next door.  In the show's opening, the house to the left of the Winslows' house (the Urkels' house?) is a full story shorter than the Winslows' house.  That house has since been demolished, and a new building, a full story taller than the Winslows' house, was constructed in its place.


I discuss the Family Matters house in this video.


Cars drive past the Family Matters house.  Mute the sound and add some Miller-Boyett style music to get the full effect here.


Across the street from the Winslows' house is a park.  Others have speculated, and I wonder, too, if this was the inspiration for the park where Steve Urkel, after transforming into Bruce Lee, beat up Jason David Frank in that whole park fight scene...

Across the street from the Winslows’ house is a park.  Others have speculated, and I wonder, too, if this was the inspiration for the park where Steve Urkel, after transforming into Bruce Lee, beat up Jason David Frank in that whole park fight scene…


After seeing the Family Matters house, we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we got to see how the animals handled a hot and humid July day.  All in all, we had a blast, with Sis and Chris's friend Vickey joining us.  We got to see the sand cat looking less than amused (top left), the flamingoes (upper right), the chimpanzees taking a nap (below), as well as many other animals.  After seeing the Family Matters house, we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we got to see how the animals handled a hot and humid July day.  All in all, we had a blast, with Sis and Chris's friend Vickey joining us.  We got to see the sand cat looking less than amused (top left), the flamingoes (upper right), the chimpanzees taking a nap (below), as well as many other animals.

After seeing the Family Matters house, we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we got to see how the animals handled a hot and humid July day.  All in all, we had a blast, with Sis and Chris’s friend Vickey joining us.  We got to see the sand cat looking less than amused (top left), the flamingoes (upper right), the chimpanzees taking a nap (below), as well as many other animals.

After seeing the Family Matters house, we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we got to see how the animals handled a hot and humid July day.  All in all, we had a blast, with Sis and Chris's friend Vickey joining us.  We got to see the sand cat looking less than amused (top left), the flamingoes (upper right), the chimpanzees taking a nap (below), as well as many other animals.  After seeing the Family Matters house, we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we got to see how the animals handled a hot and humid July day.  All in all, we had a blast, with Sis and Chris's friend Vickey joining us.  We got to see the sand cat looking less than amused (top left), the flamingoes (upper right), the chimpanzees taking a nap (below), as well as many other animals.

After seeing the Family Matters house, we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we got to see how the animals handled a hot and humid July day.  All in all, we had a blast, with Sis and Chris's friend Vickey joining us.  We got to see the sand cat looking less than amused (top left), the flamingoes (upper right), the chimpanzees taking a nap (below), as well as many other animals.  After seeing the Family Matters house, we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we got to see how the animals handled a hot and humid July day.  All in all, we had a blast, with Sis and Chris's friend Vickey joining us.  We got to see the sand cat looking less than amused (top left), the flamingoes (upper right), the chimpanzees taking a nap (below), as well as many other animals.


Mom and Sis pose for a cell phone photo, while I get a shot of them posing for said photo - with their camera in my shot, as intended.

Mom and Sis pose for a cell phone photo, while I get a shot of them posing for said photo – with their camera in my shot, as intended.


Thursday evening, we attended a taping of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! at the Chase Auditorium.  The panelists at this taping were Adam Felber, Roxanne Roberts and Keegan-Michael Key.  Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy the taping of the show.  Maybe it's because I didn't recognize any of the panelists, or perhaps this show just isn't my cup of tea (which is entirely possible).

Thursday evening, we attended a taping of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! at the Chase Auditorium.  The panelists at this taping were Adam FelberRoxanne Roberts and Keegan-Michael Key.  Surprisingly, I didn’t enjoy the taping of the show.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t recognize any of the panelists, or perhaps this show just isn’t my cup of tea (which is entirely possible).


Afterwards, Sis and Chris posed with host Peter Sagal, as did Mom.  Then the three of them all posed with Roxanne Roberts.  Chris is making his "Stephen Colbert face" with Peter Sagal.  Afterwards, Sis and Chris posed with host Peter Sagal, as did Mom.  Then the three of them all posed with Roxanne Roberts.  Chris is making his "Stephen Colbert face" with Peter Sagal.

Afterwards, Sis and Chris posed with host Peter Sagal, as did Mom.  Then the three of them all posed with Roxanne Roberts.  Chris is making his “Stephen Colbert face” with Peter Sagal.

Afterwards, Sis and Chris posed with host Peter Sagal, as did Mom.  Then the three of them all posed with Roxanne Roberts.  Chris is making his "Stephen Colbert face" with Peter Sagal.


After leaving the show, at Monroe station, Mom got a shot of Chris, Sis, and me.  We do look happy, don't we?

After leaving the show, at Monroe station, Mom got a shot of Chris, Sis, and me.  We do look happy, don’t we?


Then I got a photo of Sis and Chris on the train back to Jarvis station.

Then I got a photo of Sis and Chris on the train back to Jarvis station.


Friday, we were back in Union Station again, as it was time to head back to DC.  Finally, I got a chance to explore this Union Station a little, finding out that it was a lot smaller than DC’s, and not nearly as hip.  But it has some excellent historical features in it.  I got photos of some of those, and also a couple of the family…


I love this picture, because it looks like Mom is giving Sis the business about something in that what-am-I-going-to-do-with-you kind of way.  That's not what it's actually depicting, but it does kind of look like that, no?

I love this picture, because it looks like Mom is giving Sis the business about something in that what-am-I-going-to-do-with-you kind of way.  That’s not what it’s actually depicting, but it does kind of look like that, no?


And then everyone says "cheese" afterwards.

And then everyone says “cheese” afterwards.


When I'm at work, on Fridays, we have what we call "Schumy Lunch".  Basically, I have lunch at my desk four days a week, and then a bunch of us go out on Fridays.  Just because I was in Chicago, however, doesn't mean that we didn't do Schumy Lunch, however.  All of us headed over to Food & Water Watch's Chicago office and had lunch with Emily and her interns.  Then afterwards, we posed for photos.  First Emily and I posed (above), and then Emily and her summer interns (below).  Lining up by height like they did was unintentional, though amusing.

When I’m at work, on Fridays, we have what we call “Schumy Lunch”.  Basically, I have lunch at my desk four days a week, and then a bunch of us go out on Fridays.  Just because I was in Chicago, however, doesn’t mean that we didn’t do Schumy Lunch, however.  All of us headed over to Food & Water Watch’s Chicago office and had lunch with Emily and her interns.  Then afterwards, we posed for photos.  First Emily and I posed (above), and then Emily and her summer interns (below).  Lining up by height like they did was unintentional, though amusing.

When I'm at work, on Fridays, we have what we call "Schumy Lunch".  Basically, I have lunch at my desk four days a week, and then a bunch of us go out on Fridays.  Just because I was in Chicago, however, doesn't mean that we didn't do Schumy Lunch, however.  All of us headed over to Food & Water Watch's Chicago office and had lunch with Emily and her interns.  Then afterwards, we posed for photos.  First Emily and I posed (above), and then Emily and her summer interns (below).  Lining up by height like they did was unintentional, though amusing.


After Schumy Lunch, we started heading over to Union Station to meet our train.  In doing so, we passed the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower.  Here, I finally got to see the ledges in person, which I had discussed in a Journal entry the year before.  And I still wouldn't want to stand on them.  After Schumy Lunch, we started heading over to Union Station to meet our train.  In doing so, we passed the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower.  Here, I finally got to see the ledges in person, which I had discussed in a Journal entry the year before.  And I still wouldn't want to stand on them.

After Schumy Lunch, we started heading over to Union Station to meet our train.  In doing so, we passed the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower.  Here, I finally got to see the ledges in person, which I had discussed in a Journal entry the year before.  And I still wouldn’t want to stand on them.


The Ft. Dearborn runs a pleasure cruise along the Chicago River.  Next time we're in Chicago, we need to do this.  This looks like fun...

The Ft. Dearborn runs a pleasure cruise along the Chicago River.  Next time we’re in Chicago, we need to do this.  This looks like fun…

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