Thanksgiving in Chicago
November 21 - November 24, 2007

Wednesday, November 21

We drove to Chicago and checked into the Embassy Suites hotel at 600 North State Street.

We ate at Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill. Mike had the Carne Asada a la Oaxaquena, a delicious chile-sauced steak.

Rebekah and I enjoyed the Cochinita Pibil, a slow-roasted bar-b-que pork.

Mike tried the chocolate pecan pie.

Thursday, November 22

On Thanksgiving, we visited the Museum of Science and Industry.

The museum had a great display of Christmas trees from different countries.

They had a great exhibit of props and material from the Star Wars movies!

Luke Skywalker's speeder.

Mike was able to build a Maglev (magnetic levitation) vehicle.

Darth Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer.

You could make a robot walk. It wasn't easy.

Mike tried his hand at being a moisture farmer on Tatooine.

One of the Wookies.

A small Imperial walker.

Yoda ... we found Yoda.

C-3PO was featured in the Robot Theater.

A Wampa Ice Creature from the frozen planet, Hoth.

The Imperial Strom Troopers looked much taller in the movies.

One of the scale models of the Millenium Falcon.

The droids.

Darth Vader's costume.

Another exhibit in the museum showed how computerized manufacturing works.

Mike with his customized toy which was manufactured in the museum assembly line.

Be cautious around automated machines!

We saw two IMAX movies. Sea Monsters was very good.

We also enjoyed Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.

We ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Volare restaurant.

Friday, November 23

The traditional after-Thanksgiving shopping trip along Michigan Avenue. Mike and Rebekah in front of the Water Tower.

We ate dinner at Heaven on Seven, a Cajun restaurant in Chicago. The catfish and gumbo were outstanding! There were 25 different hot sauces on our table.

Saturday, November 24

We spent the morning at the Field Museum, seeing the new Darwin exhibit and the Ancient Americas exhibit.

The Darwin exhibit featured some of Darwin's original notes and material.

In the afternoon, we went to see a play, The Sparrow at the Apollo Theater.