The Aquarium was free on Sunday and the Art Museum on Monday. Ella had the day off for Martin Luther King Day. I just had to find a hotel in between them both, one with a pool. The Essex is right on Michigan Ave, and we could stay there for $80.00 so I booked it. I find mid-January is the perfect time to take a mini-vacation to cheer everyone up. I also find that standing in line for the aquarium on free day in mid-January with two Texans is very difficult. They end up both trying to crawl into your coat with you and while that is very warm for everyone, it's also very unstable once they get past being cold and start tickling each other and blowing raspberries at each other while in your coat. I had to kick them out periodically to remind them how cold it was.
The hotel pool was FREEZING. Other kids were in there, everyone splashing and swimming and dunking like little porpoises all happy and squealing. It's possible that it's just not the temperature we spoiled swimmers are used to, but our lips really did turn blue, so I don't think I'm just being wimpy. When I finally talked my little blue lipped babies from the pool and back to the room, we ordered a delicious deep dish Chicago style pizza. I was glad to remember binoculars because the view was pretty awesome and while I got us all ready for the art museum on the second day Ella spent a good amount of time reporting on the gargoyles around town.
The aquarium was a hit save for the wait to get in and the art museum a bust save for the miniature hall. Those children looked in every little room in a box in astonishment. Ella inspired to go home and build her own doll house and Jack proudly naming everything in the little room. But the rest of the time they were bored and nobody wanted to walk. Next time, we'll go when it's warm. Warm enough to walk to both attractions, warm enough to swim in the pool, and warm enough to stand on the lake front and stare out at the blue for a good long time while the kids run around the sculptures.