The Lakefront

Chicago’s lakefront is one of my favorite things about the city, especially when you get a glimpse of the Chicago skyline in the background. Even before I had seen the ocean last summer, I kind of had an idea what it would look like, thanks to Lake Michigan, which is really more of an inland sea than “just a lake!”

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I was especially glad that the children had seen the ocean last year, so that they could compare the two. The waves on the lake were a bit smaller, but they agreed that the general feeling was the same…especially after they saw all of the boats out on the water!

Markel Family Weekend Getaway–Day Five

We were up early again on the last day of our long weekend getaway, because we had one last big activity planned before the drive home…we visited the Shedd Aquarium! Some of the children came with me on a walk along the lakefront before the Aquarium opened, and we enjoyed the view of the water and the skyline.

We then had a great time exploring all of the different exhibits at the Shedd, including the Wild Reef and the Oceanarium, which was Moose’s favorite part. While we were there, I discovered that almost everything I know about fish comes from playing Animal Crossing (thus the picture of me with the giant arapaima)…at least I learned something from the game, right?

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After spending about three hours there, we finally piled back in the car, and made our way back home. Chicago is a beautiful city, and we had a great visit, but we were all very happy to see our own house again!