Ken and I have been trying to figure out what to do and where to go on our family vacation this year. Up until yesterday we were thinking a camping trip close to home would be the most likely choice. Then my youngest asked me when we were going to take him to a museum to see some dinosaurs.
What a great idea!
I started thinking about nearby exhibits and then it dawned on me. We could take this year's vacation in Chicago. They have a natural history museum, a really nice one from what I've heard, and it's somewhere we've not been. At least, not as family. We could visit the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Visit Navy Pier. Walk down Michigan Avenue and do some window shopping.
I'm hoping we can make it happen because the more I think about it, the more certain I am the kids would really enjoy themselves. Especially if we could manage to book a hotel with a pool. And I'd love to see my boys' faces when they see their first true Chicago-style pizza.
Interstingly enough, this trip with the family would have been my first visit to downtown Chicago, too, if not for the surprising news I received at work today. It seems my boss has decided to send a coworker and me to the Educause conference that's being held in the Windy City this March.
Granted, it's going to be cold in March and we're going to be busy at the conference. So maybe, in more way than one, the trip with the family would be my first real taste of Chicago. Which is kind of cool.
The last little bit of coolness I have to mention is the fact that I'm also planning to attend a full day of panels at ConFusion with my baby sister. We've never been, but I've heard it's lots of fun. I'll have to let you know how it goes.