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Chicago - Day 2
24 March 2016
We started our first full day in Chicago by venturing out into the rain and even some spring snow to spend the morning at the Chicago History Museum. It was fun to learn about the city's history as we began our week there. After a snowy walk back from the museum we went to Giordano's for an incredible deep dish pizza. We then headed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to visit the Money Museum. I find the history of US currency fascinating but even if you don't, standing next to a million one dollar bills is a unique experience in itself. Our day wrapped up with a very long and relaxing dinner at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in River North with our cousin Janet who we rarely get a chance to see so it was a ton of fun catching up with her.

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DAY 1 | CHICAGO INDEX | DAY 3
2-001 Dearborn Street Bridge 2-003 Jeweler's Building 2-004 L Train
The Dearborn Street Bridge as seen from our room at theWit
The Jeweler's Building
Getting around the city on Chicago's iconic L trains
2-005 Gas Sign 2-006 Daily News Wagon 2-007 Civil War Surrender Table
Clearly this is the Chicago History Museum. No Gas for Less in modern times!
Chicago Daily News wagon at the Chicago HIstory Museum
Robert E Lee surrendered to Ulysses S Grant while sitting at this table, thus ending the Civil War
2-009 Phone Booth 2-011 Chandelier 2-012 Great Fire Diorama
Yup, a telephone booth is now a piece of bygone history
Chandelier from the Lincoln section of the museum
This very cool diarama depicts Chicago's Great Fire
2-014 Pullman Porter Cap 2-015 Bush Japanese Internment Apology 2-016 Japanese Internment Camp Barbed Wire
Pullman porter cap from the days of cross-country travel aboard Pullman train cars
Letter of apology from George HW Bush for Japanese Internment during World War II
Barbed wire from a Japanese Internment Camp in Wyoming
2-017 Japanese Internment Shell Pins 2-020 Oscar Mayer Display 2-021 First L Car
Pins made of shells crafted by prisoners in a Japanese Internment Camp
Oscar Mayer display
The first Chicago L car
2-022 First L Car Interior 2-023 First L Car 2-024 First L Car Statues
Inside the first Chicago L car. Much different than today!
At the station with the first Chicago L car
These fancy folks are ready to board the first Chicago L car
2-025 Mail Order Catalog Display 2-026 Marshall Field Quote 2-028 Great Fire Painting
Chicago was once the mail order capital of the country
Marshall Field built a business on giving the lady what she wants
There aren't many photos of the Great Chicago Fire. This painting depicts it pretty well, however.
2-030 Giordano's 2-031 Giordano's Sign 2-032 Giordano's Lamp
Our first sample of true Chicago deep dish pizza was at Giordano's.
Our first sample of true Chicago deep dish pizza was at Giordano's.
Our first sample of true Chicago deep dish pizza was at Giordano's.
2-033 Giordano's Pizza 2-034 Giordano's Pizza Slice 2-037 Federal Reserve Sign
Our first sample of true Chicago deep dish pizza was at Giordano's.
Carbs and cholesterol don't matter when pizza looks as good as Giordano's deep dish pizza!
Visiting the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
2-038 $10 Demand Note 2-039 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note 2-042 Hawaii $1 Note
$10 demand note from 1961, the beginning of green US currency
$10,000 bill
$1 bill printed for use in Hawaii during World War II
2-043 Mom in $2 Bill 2-044 Mom in $100 Bill 2-045 1901 $10 Note
My mother trying her face out on a $2 bill
My mother decided she'd rather be on a $100 bill
The 1901 $10 bill featured Lewis and Clark plus a buffalo
2-047 $1 Million in $1 Bills 2-051 $1 Million in $20 Bills 2-053 $50,800 in Coins
This cube contains a million dollars in $1 bills
This is what a million dollars in $20 bills looks like
This floor is filled with $50,800 in coins
2-054 Chicago Fed Exterior 2-055 Chicago Board of Trade 2-056 Chicago Board of Trade
Outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
The Chicago Board of Trade Building
The Chicago Board of Trade Building
2-057 Flamingo Sculpture 2-058 State & Lake L Sign 2-059 Chicago River & Marina City
You wouldn't know if by looking at it but this statue represents a flamingo
The L station at State & Lake was our starting point to seeing the city
It might be hard to tell, but that's snow falling outside our window
2-061 Mom & Janet 2-062 Mom, Janet & Michael 2-063 Holy Cow
My mother with our cousin Janet, who lives in Chicagoland, at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
My mother and me with our cousin, Janet, who lives in Chicagoland
Holy cow, it's the holy cow at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in River North
2-064 Harry Caray Bust 2-065 Bleacher Seats 2-066 Michael, Mom & Harry Caray Bust
The famous bust of the famous Harry Caray in the lobby of at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Bleachers in the lobby at Harry Caray's
You can't come to Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and not pose with Harry himself
2-067 Janet & Harry Caray Bust 2-068 Wrigley Building 2-069 Harry Caray Mural
You can't come to Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and not pose with Harry himself
The Wrigley Building
Mural of Harry outside Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in River North
2-071 330 N Wabash & Trump Tower 2-073 Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower & Intercontinental 2-075 Wit Chandelier
330 N Wabash & Trump Tower under cloudy skies
River North buildings including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower & the Intercontinental Hotel
The massive angel wing chandeliers hang in the lobby of our hotel, theWit
2-081 Chicago River & Marina City 2-082 L Station
Marina City is just across the Chicago River from our hotel
Our room at theWit overlooks the State & Lake L station from 23 stories up

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