Bean’s Chicago Tour 2010

I just returned home from a jam-packed weekend in the city with Kate and Bean. You would think, being downtown with a girl of almost-six, that we wouldn’t see very much. Well, you’d be wrong! It’s actually faster to see certain things with a young kid, if you just relax and let them “drive”. In two days, we went to Millennium Park, the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, and the Sears “I’ll never call it Willis” Tower. We also spent a bunch of time watching scenes from “Transformers 3” being shot right outside our hotel.

One of the things that was hilarious to me was that Bean was insistent that “Chicago” should be spelled “Shicago” or pronounced with the hard “ch” sound, because everyone is doing it wrong. Smart girl.

I have way too many stories to actually post, so I made a little movie for you (and Scott, her dad) to check out. I took 500 pictures over the weekend with my loaner Olympus PEN PL-1 (yay!); don’t worry, I didn’t post them all. I took some of the best pictures of my life over this weekend (thanks, Olympus!). By the way, the pictures look a little grainy on youtube: grr. They really aren’t.

Oh, and that final picture? I’ll be posting the back story about that one tomorrow, if Scott doesn’t fly up here and kill me before then.


©2010 Suburban Scrawl


  • Dawn

    Looks like a fantastic weekend! Bean is a precious little girl and so full of life! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • DaddysFishBowl

    Looks like an AWESOME weekend! I'm so jealous over the Transformers 3 thing. I loved the video as well. May need to tap into your video editing knowledge one of these days.

  • Colleen - Mommy Always Wins

    Wow – what a great weekend! You got so many great pictures!!! They should have kept filming T3 in Mke (they were here a few weeks back) cuz after Thursday's rains, some of our roads naturally achieved the look I saw in some of those movie set shots – they could have really made use of that great big sink hole that swallowed up that SUV! 😉

  • LceeL

    That last shot??? You will NEVER, EVER, get me to step foot on that thing – or into it, I suppose is a better way to put it. No WAY JOSE.

  • Oscar

    Hey, that was a real nice video! Looks like she had a good time. Wouldn't know if you did as you weren't in it! LOL Typical of the photographers!

    Mmm twizzlers….

    I met the man who developed the Segway (LOL really)

  • SurprisedMom

    The photos are fantastic! Bean is a little cutie! She looks like she had a wonderful time.

    Sears Tower always.

    BTW, on my birthday could you take me downtown? Please!

  • Darren W. Carter

    Love the video! Looks as though you had a great time. What program did you use for the video?

  • Michelle

    Are you *sure* you didn't put up all 500 pictures? 😉 (just kidding)

    It looks like you had a blast. Spending a weekend like that with a five year old – now that's a great way to stay young!

    Wish it had been quieter at night for you though 🙁

  • As Cape Cod Turns

    You did take some FANTASTIC PICTURES!!! You are rocking that camera! Glad that you had such a great weekend!!