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Il Trip: Chicago

Chicago: Hotel & Zoo

We stayed at the lovely Belden Stratford Apartments, right across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo. We were very excited, as this was a four-star hotel (with a kitchen!) and the girls had never been to a zoo. Now I have to admit, I was somewhat disappointed with the hotel. It was not as ‘four star’ as I thought four star meant. I mean, after arriving, I had to call down and have them send up a cleaner to clean some sort of dried white substance from one of the sofas. I’m not saying anything in particular, but that’s not what I like to see at a hotel. And there were like holes in the throw pillows, little details like that that left me thinking, ‘This could have been better’. But I guess we were paying for size and convenience, and it wasn’t lacking there. We had a pretty sweet suite, and so you will be subjected to pictures.

The zoo was free, which is awesome, and loads of fun. We didn’t even get to see all the exhibits. We planned on going back the next day, but Ivy was feeling really poorly and it was raining, and we spent several hours lost in the car (both looking for a Target and attempting to get the kids to nap). I’d still like to go back and spend more time at that zoo, and we didn’t even get to the conservatory. It’s definitely worth a trip back sometime.

1HotelBedroom This is our bedroom at the hotel.

1HotelBedroom2 This is a view from the beds. Another TV! Kids and parents are pleased.

1HotelLivingRoom This is half of our rather spacious living room.

1HotelLivingRoom2 Here you can see a bit more of it. I meant to take a picture of the view. We were overlooking the conservatory/zoo.

1HotelLivingRoomJosh Here’s the living room from the other direction, with Josh looking cute. The bedroom was to the left.

1HotelLivingRoom3 Here’s Josh again. He just can’t stop being cute. :)

1HotelDining This is the entryway/dining room. There’s another half-bath right there. This hotel was cooler than my house.

1HotelSadTacos These are the fine looking tacos I made that the kids wouldn’t eat.

I1HotelKitchen The kitchen as you enter. Already you can see a dishwasher and more cupboards than my entire house combined. I’m in lust! (Til I saw the dishware, which was also not four star in a kind of bumming way).

1HotelKitchenStove The rest of the kitchen. We went to a little grocery around the corner, and we tried to make our own meals while we were there.

The ZOO…I think we’ll tell you more about the zoo later.

1ZooCamels 1ZooGiraffe

1ZooEdenCroc 1ZooFamily

1ZooGorilla 1ZooGorilla2

1ZooMonkey 1MonkeyExit

1ZooLioness 1ZooLion

1ZooLions 1ZooTiger

1ZooPolarBear 1ZooPolarBear2

1ZooSeaLion 1ZooSeaLionUnderhalf

1SeaLion2 1ZooSeaLionUnderwater



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 15th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Lots of great pics, especially the animal ones! :) I'm glad you had a good time.
I am impressed with the redness of Eden's hair. :)
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I thought we had a lot of good pics come out, I thought. The ones inside kept getting fuzzy. Blah. I have room for improvement. :D
Apr. 15th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
Love the zoo pics! I really must get to a zoo again this summer. We missed out last year. This year we were planning on going to the Toronto Metro zoo which is nice and huge. The trip will hinge on my brother and his wife still living in Ottawa. That way we can visit them and get to my lovely zoo.

I think the pic with Ivy on Josh's back is the first really clear picture I've seen of his face. I think Eden looks quite a bit like him. :) Then again I've seen pics of you and Eden and I think she looks a bit like you too.

Did all of you enjoy the zoo? Did the little ones have favorite animals? Or you? :)
Apr. 16th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
I had a big long reply to this typed out last night, and then my power went off and I lost it. lol I'm surprised that you say those are the first time you've seen Josh really well, since he's usually the one in the pictures since I do camera duty a lot. But I do have 'Josh' and 'Pictures' tags, if you ever want to look through them. :D I need to go back and clean up all the tags in my earlier posts, though.

As for favorite animals, Eden loved one of the little monkeys that jumped at her. It seemed to be a favorite game of his - he would wait until someone got near the glass and then he'd jump at them. Everyone thought that was pretty funny. Ivy...I'm not sure what her favorites were. I know she likes lions, and I think she really liked it when we got to go underneath to look at the sea lions. My favorite has always been the gorillas. :) I feel a lot of majesty in their presence.
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think I hadn't seen a picture of him closeup-ish and looking at the camera. Your icon pic isn't very clear. And perhaps not a photo where Eden was right beside him. :)

I enjoy sea lions and lions quite a bit. It's been a really long time since I've seen a gorilla, maybe this summer.
Apr. 16th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
i am all sorts of ecstatic that you guys made it to Lincoln Park Zoo...it's one of my favorite home-town places, and one that's often overlooked by folks because of the Springfield Zoo (which is fantabulous, also).
Apr. 16th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, we LOVED the zoo. We totally mean to go back, and we were bummed that we couldn't. It was kind of less-than-spectacular, though, because it was still so cold in Chicago that a lot of the animals were indoors. We didn't get to see any of the bears (besides the polar bear) or the Zebras and deer. We really enjoyed Chicago and hope to go back, though.
Apr. 16th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it still a little chilly on the lake that time of year...i was glad to see that you were all dressed for it! :D WIth any luck, maybe next time you guys get out that way we can make our way over to visit as well.
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