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    Chicago is a big, beautiful city filled with tall buildings that seem to touch the sky. It over looks Lake Michigan. My husband and I went to downtown Chicago for a small vacation trip. We went to three of the museums there.
    "Around the world in 80 tanks." These represent the sea life of North and South America, Asia, Africa  and Australia, and are located in the Shedd Museum. The world's largest indoor aquarium has over 6,000 freshwater and marine animals, including fish, seahorses, sea dragons, dolphins, and beluga whales. These are just some of the many aquatic animals at the Shedd Aquarium. "Seeing is believing,"because in nature no animal lives in isolation at the Shedd Aquarium. We were brought face to face with some of the beautiful aquatic harmonies of oceanic life.
    Homes are important to everybody, no matter what their culture may be. You can visit the different cultures of Africa, and unlock the secrets of the mummies and tombs of ancient Egypt at the Field Museum. You can compare Eskimo life in the Arctic with that of the  temperatures along the coast to see how the different climates led to unique home environments, and explore the life and ways of Native American Indians of the United States.
    In 1905 the museum's name was changed from Nature History to Field Museum to honor the first major benefactor, Marshall Field and to better reflect it's focus on the Natural Science. In 1921 the museum moved from the original location in Jackson Park to Chicago Park near downtown, where it is part of the Lake Front Museum Campus that includes the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.
    If you go down the road a bit you will come to the Museum of Science and Industry. Learn about the nine planets that make up our Solar System. In order, the largest to smallest:
1.) Jupiter: is the fifth from the sun.
  In Roman Mythology: is the King of the Gods.
2.) Saturn: is the sixth from the sun.
  In Roman Mythology: is the God of Agriculture.
3.) Uranus: is the seventh from the sun.
  In Roman Mythology: is of the Heavens.
4.) Neptune: is the eight from the sun.
  In Roman Mythology: was the God of the Sea.
5.) Earth: is the third from the sun and is called Mother Earth.
  In Roman Mythology: is the Goddess of the Earth.
6.) Venus: is the second from the sun and is the hottest.
  In Roman Mythology: is the Goddess of Love and Beauty.
7.) Mars: is the fourth from the sun.
8.) Mercury: is the closest to the sun.
  In Roman Mythology: is the God of Travel.
9.) Pluto: is the farthest from the sun and is the coldest.
  In Roman Mythology: is the God of the Underworld.
    Then get ready to have 460 tons of metal floating over your head as you launch off into space in a Space Shuttle to see how it all works. From there head on over to the F14 Tomcat Simulator, where you fly over waters and try to land without crashing. Next go through the "Old Ben" # 17 Coal Mine. Descend the 600 feet to the coal seam. Coal formation began about 300 million years ago. Coal underlies 458,600 square miles of the U.S. and about 13% of the Country's land area. The U.S. has 500 billion tons of coal that is currently accessible, this could provide energy for at least 300 years. Coal presently accounts for 55% of the electricity generated in the U.S. and today the U.S. has over 3,000 operating coal mines and about 130,000 miners. Also see how miners have changed their different machinery from 1930's to today to make mining  safer and mor efficient.
    Don't forget to check out the Dolphin Shows at the Shedd Aquarium. See the Dinosaurs at the Field Museum. Look at "Aids The War Within" and many other exciting exhibits in person at the Museum of Science and Industry. You can go online to check out the museums, but it is better to see the exhibits in person.

Shedd Aquarium: (312) 939-2438   1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.   Monday-Friday 9to5 Saturday 9to6

Field Museum:     (312) 922-9410   1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.   Monday-Friday 9to5 Saturday 9to5

Museum of Science & Industry:            (773) 684-1414                 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
  Monday-Friday 9:30 to 4:00            Saturday 9:30 to 5:30  

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