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When we visited the seal building at the Lincoln Park Zoo, we were disappointed to find that the seals weren't in an area where we could see them.  I commented that they were probably on break, and thus if you go look behind the building, you'll probably find two seals back there smoking cigarettes and sharing stories about the crazy people that have come by.  When we visited the seal building at the Lincoln Park Zoo, we were disappointed to find that the seals weren't in an area where we could see them.  I commented that they were probably on break, and thus if you go look behind the building, you'll probably find two seals back there smoking cigarettes and sharing stories about the crazy people that have come by.

When we visited the seal building at the Lincoln Park Zoo, we were disappointed to find that the seals weren’t in an area where we could see them. I commented that they were probably on break, and thus if you go look behind the building, you’ll probably find two seals back there smoking cigarettes and sharing stories about the crazy people that have come by.


The gibbon enclosure.  I love the expression on the gibbon closest to the camera, as he's like, "Oh, hey, what's up."

The gibbon enclosure. I love the expression on the gibbon closest to the camera, as he’s like, “Oh, hey, what’s up.”


I had a bit of fun photographing the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  This gorilla in particular amused me as I got it walking into the area (top), taking a sideways glance (bottom left), and eating lettuce (bottom right).  For the bottom left photo, I say that he totally looks like former president Lyndon B. Johnson.

I had a bit of fun photographing the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This gorilla in particular amused me as I got it walking into the area (top), taking a sideways glance (bottom left), and eating lettuce (bottom right). For the bottom left photo, I say that he totally looks like former president Lyndon B. Johnson.

I had a bit of fun photographing the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  This gorilla in particular amused me as I got it walking into the area (top), taking a sideways glance (bottom left), and eating lettuce (bottom right).  For the bottom left photo, I say that he totally looks like former president Lyndon B. Johnson.  I had a bit of fun photographing the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  This gorilla in particular amused me as I got it walking into the area (top), taking a sideways glance (bottom left), and eating lettuce (bottom right).  For the bottom left photo, I say that he totally looks like former president Lyndon B. Johnson.


I always love seeing the waterfowl enclosure, getting to watch the swans (above) and the ducks (below).  I always love seeing the waterfowl enclosure, getting to watch the swans (above) and the ducks (below).

I always love seeing the waterfowl enclosure, getting to watch the swans (above) and the ducks (below).

I always love seeing the waterfowl enclosure, getting to watch the swans (above) and the ducks (below).  I always love seeing the waterfowl enclosure, getting to watch the swans (above) and the ducks (below).


The last thing that we saw at the Lincoln Park Zoo was the ostrich.  The last thing that we saw at the Lincoln Park Zoo was the ostrich.

The last thing that we saw at the Lincoln Park Zoo was the ostrich.


Straight-on photo of the ostrich's face.  That's got nightmare potential right there, no?

Straight-on photo of the ostrich’s face. That’s got nightmare potential right there, no?


Back in Rogers Park, look what we found: a Gamewell fire alarm box!  It was no longer active (note the plated-over pull handle), but nonetheless, I was impressed to find it.

Back in Rogers Park, look what we found: a Gamewell fire alarm box! It was no longer active (note the plated-over pull handle), but nonetheless, I was impressed to find it.


The next day, on the way to the Museum of Science and Industry, we noticed the crowds outside Wrigley Field from the "L" at Addison station ahead of a Cubs game.  I admit - I've never been to Nationals Park, so this was a bit of a novelty for me to see.

The next day, on the way to the Museum of Science and Industry, we noticed the crowds outside Wrigley Field from the “L” at Addison station ahead of a Cubs game. I admit – I’ve never been to Nationals Park, so this was a bit of a novelty for me to see.


This sign struck me as rather heavy handed.  This is on a Bank of America branch in the Loop area downtown.  Specifically, the "NO TRESPASSING.  Police take notice." part was what struck me as excessive.  Really, Bank of America?  Isn't this a bit much?

This sign struck me as rather heavy handed. This is on a Bank of America branch in the Loop area downtown. Specifically, the “NO TRESPASSING. Police take notice.” part was what struck me as excessive. Really, Bank of America? Isn’t this a bit much?


Mom and Sis posed for the camera while we waited for the bus to get to the museum.

Mom and Sis posed for the camera while we waited for the bus to get to the museum.


The Swiss Jolly Ball exhibit.


The three of us posed for photos at the beginning of the Mythbusters exhibit.  First we posed normally (left), and then we were supposed to look scared or something for the second one.  I hadn't quite read the entire memo on the second one by the time that they took the photo, and so the photo ended up being described as "scared, crazed, clean hands!"  The three of us posed for photos at the beginning of the Mythbusters exhibit.  First we posed normally (left), and then we were supposed to look scared or something for the second one.  I hadn't quite read the entire memo on the second one by the time that they took the photo, and so the photo ended up being described as "scared, crazed, clean hands!"

The three of us posed for photos at the beginning of the Mythbusters exhibit. First we posed normally (left), and then we were supposed to look scared or something for the second one. I hadn’t quite read the entire memo on the second one by the time that they took the photo, and so the photo ended up being described as “scared, crazed, clean hands!”


This part of the Mythbusters exhibit tested the "Three Little Pigs" theory about houses built with straw, sticks, and bricks.  Needless to say, the house I built, shown here, isn't going anywhere.  And considering I built it without doors or windows, I think that the occupants of this house wouldn't be going anywhere, either...

This part of the Mythbusters exhibit tested the “Three Little Pigs” theory about houses built with straw, sticks, and bricks. Needless to say, the house I built, shown here, isn’t going anywhere. And considering I built it without doors or windows, I think that the occupants of this house wouldn’t be going anywhere, either…


Mom's house goes through the blower to see how well it holds up.  Turns out that it didn't hold up as well as my big monster of a house...

Mom’s house goes through the blower to see how well it holds up. Turns out that it didn’t hold up as well as my big monster of a house…

Mom's house goes through the blower to see how well it holds up.  Turns out that it didn't hold up as well as my big monster of a house...


Mom and Sis each try pulling the tablecloth out from under the dishes.


Sis attempts to “change like a superhero”, and put on the superhero outfit in a given time. She didn’t do as well as she had hoped, partly because the cape was already knotted in such a way that you couldn’t undo it.


Mustache mood ring.  Apparently I was feeling quite satisfied.

Mustache mood ring. Apparently I was feeling quite satisfied.


All of us took a moment to pose with the clown cutouts.  Mom and I just smiled, while Sis made various faces for the photos.  All of us took a moment to pose with the clown cutouts.  Mom and I just smiled, while Sis made various faces for the photos.

All of us took a moment to pose with the clown cutouts. Mom and I just smiled, while Sis made various faces for the photos.


Mom takes a moment to pose in front of a funny mirror.

Mom takes a moment to pose in front of a funny mirror.


Tesla coil demonstration in the Science Storms exhibit.


Avalanche disk in the Science Storms exhibit.


The avalanche disk again, seen from above.


One of the things we did while at the museum was see the liquid nitrogen demonstration.  Here, a girl holds one of those party favors that you blow into and they go "foo", showing how it works just from the evaporating liquid nitrogen.

One of the things we did while at the museum was see the liquid nitrogen demonstration. Here, a girl holds one of those party favors that you blow into and they go “foo”, showing how it works just from the evaporating liquid nitrogen.


At the end of the liquid nitrogen demonstration, they made ice cream.  I got Mom to volunteer to help with the demonstration.  Here's Mom stirring the ice cream mix while the person running the show adds the liquid nitrogen, and then the remains of the ice cream after everyone had a cup of it.  At the end of the liquid nitrogen demonstration, they made ice cream.  I got Mom to volunteer to help with the demonstration.  Here's Mom stirring the ice cream mix while the person running the show adds the liquid nitrogen, and then the remains of the ice cream after everyone had a cup of it.

At the end of the liquid nitrogen demonstration, they made ice cream. I got Mom to volunteer to help with the demonstration. Here’s Mom stirring the ice cream mix while the person running the show adds the liquid nitrogen, and then the remains of the ice cream after everyone had a cup of it.

At the end of the liquid nitrogen demonstration, they made ice cream.  I got Mom to volunteer to help with the demonstration.  Here's Mom stirring the ice cream mix while the person running the show adds the liquid nitrogen, and then the remains of the ice cream after everyone had a cup of it.  At the end of the liquid nitrogen demonstration, they made ice cream.  I got Mom to volunteer to help with the demonstration.  Here's Mom stirring the ice cream mix while the person running the show adds the liquid nitrogen, and then the remains of the ice cream after everyone had a cup of it.


The Pioneer Zephyr train was on display near the entrance.  Unfortunately, we didn't have time to fully check it out, but that's something for next time, I suppose.

The Pioneer Zephyr train was on display near the entrance. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to fully check it out, but that’s something for next time, I suppose.


One thing about Chicago is that the exit signs are different.  Local ordinance requires that exit signs be built to very specific requirements, which makes them unique within the city.  You also get "stairs" signs, and in this case, in a store on the Magnificent Mile, there is a "fire escape" sign.

One thing about Chicago is that the exit signs are different. Local ordinance requires that exit signs be built to very specific requirements, which makes them unique within the city. You also get “stairs” signs, and in this case, in a store on the Magnificent Mile, there is a “fire escape” sign.


Following a brief shopping spell, we hit the Red Line to head back up to Rogers Park. This turned out to be far more exciting than we would have otherwise expected. There was a fire somewhere ahead of where we were on the line, and without sufficient track connections to single track around the problem area, our train was offloaded at Chicago station. This was something I’d experienced before on Metro, but never in Chicago. Mom, meanwhile, had never experienced a “meltdown” on a transit line before, and so she didn’t quite know where she was going. We ended up taking the 146 bus and then the 26 bus to get back up to Rogers Park.


Back in Rogers Park, we went to Giordano's for some authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza.  It was awesome.  If you've never tried it, you must do so the next time you're in Chicago.  The top photo is one of my slices, and the bottom photo is the second half of the pizza after we each got a slice.

Back in Rogers Park, we went to Giordano’s for some authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza. It was awesome. If you’ve never tried it, you must do so the next time you’re in Chicago. The top photo is one of my slices, and the bottom photo is the second half of the pizza after we each got a slice.

Back in Rogers Park, we went to Giordano's for some authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza.  It was awesome.  If you've never tried it, you must do so the next time you're in Chicago.  The top photo is one of my slices, and the bottom photo is the second half of the pizza after we each got a slice.

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