We started the day again at the continental breakfast at the Belden-Stratford. How civilized is it that their breakfast goes to 10:30am. Many complimentary breakfasts close up pretty early but the Belden-stratford is catering to the late sleepers.
We walked out the door and across the street to the Lincoln park zoo. This zoo has a Polar Bear enclosure with an observation window below the water line. Perhaps it was the cool weather but their bear appeared to be in a terrific mood. He was repeatedly swimming up to the window. The pool is rather immense but he was staying right next to the window. It is really a statement about a city that Chicago maintains such a nice zoo, free to the public and so close to downtown.
We saw about half the zoo then walked through Lincoln park to Grant park stopping at the monument to America;s most notoriously drunken president. At the edge of the park(s) we caught a bus to the Hancock Building where we rode America's fastest elevators (40 seconds) to the 94th floor observatory. There we oohed and awed over the majesty of the view from America's fifth tallest building.
We did a little walking and gawking on the famous "Magnificent Mile" then caught a bus to the Chicago House of Blues where we got a pretty mediocre meal for half price (thanks Go Card!) However the atmosphere made up in part for the food. At the attached gift shop we sated some of our desire for souveniers all at a discount thanks to the card.
The kids all suffering from museum fatigue we made an early afternoon of it and returned to the hotel. We arrived in Chicago hoping to see some snow now we learn that there may be as much as 8" in the next 24 hours. Of course in SE Texas 8" of snow would be a disaster shutting down schools and keeping people home but here it is not expected to have much of an impact. with any luck we will be able to see the field museum tomorrow.