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Chicago - Hyde Park

Jackson Park was the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, a splashy big world’s fair with a city of white buildings, canals and lagoons, carnival rides, fun food (hamburgers, chewing gum) and the gigantic Ferris Wheel, 264 ft high, powered by a steam engine, and the biggest thing around. The ferris wheel is gone, but the Museum of Science and Industry is housed in one of the buildings from the exposition.
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Museum of Science and Industry – The museum is stacked full of big equipment, a real German submarine, airplanes, locomotives, farm equipment. Tour a coal mine, step up into a combine and tractor, learn about genetics with a chick hatchery.

    Chicago has long been a train capital. Kids can imagine what it was like to ride the Pioneer Zephyr, a beautiful 1930’s train, where you can wander through cab, baggage, first class and passenger compartments. In the Transportation Gallery watch model trains zipping through a huge layout of Chicago to Seattle.
    Upstairs galleries have hands-on exhibits where kids can learn about electricity, light, magnetism, science storms with tornadoes, waves and avalanches.
    Tip: Use Chicago CityPass and no waiting in long ticket lines.
      The Garden of the Phoenix – The gardens were originally a part of the 1893 world’s fair, contributed by Japan. Today, explore a tranquil landscape with a lagoon, waterfalls, curving paths and stone lanterns and a moon bridge.

Robie House – Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Father of American architecture,” was a father in real life, he had six children, and when Wright designed houses for families, he had kids in mind. The Robie House, completed in 1910, was a great family space, with a huge big open playroom, protected play yard, and small garage for a toy motorcar.

Today, kids can go on a tour to explore the rooms of the Robie House featured in the book, The Wright 3.

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