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That One Time My Brain Got Smarter In Chicago

December 11, 2013


Erin Schrader

As you may or may not know, Chicago (also commonly referred to as “Chi-Town” if we want to get technical with things) is about two hours from where I live. You also may or may not know that I have a love affair with Chi-Town. I’m not sure if its the abundance of amazefest food, the abundance of things to do, or the abundance of winds that are so harsh they will slice right through your throat and make you never want to step outside again, but regardless, it’s great. This past weekend Shawn and I made the trek up to the great city and took full advantage of what it has to offer. We shopped, we ate, we drank, we sang our hearts out at the house of blues while listening to Corey Smith, we hoped to run into Giuliana Rancic (and by we, I mean me, and now that I mention it I really don’t want to talk about how she wasn’t there nor did she respond to my tweet which means we are basically no longer BFFS and I am crying as I write this…ANYHOW), we also made our way to The Field Museum to see the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit. I felt like it was only necessary to pay a visit considering this is the year that my parents were born. Basically. 

One thing I never realized until this point is that The Field Museum exists because of the World’s Fair and opened a few months after the World Fair ended. Turns out after you hold one of the greatest events in History you have a lot of leftover “stuff” that you need a house for. Who knew?

Have you ever thought about what happens when modern day technology collides with old day history? I hadn’t either, but I now have the answer. It looks a little something like this:

That would be an app that you can download on your smartphone which has all sorts of interactive tours of the museum exhibits and so on. Try that one on for technology size. Props to you Chicago Field Museum for that genius move.

I will admit it was pretty cool to see over 200 artifacts from the world’s fair along with all sorts of stuffed animals. And no I don’t mean care bears. We are talking legit life size real stuffed animals.

this lion and I threw down. I won. RIP.
It turns out the 1893 World Fair was a pretty big deal. I know this only because these people told me so. 

And this sign. It told me too. But seriously, try and get me to sell my cook stove…it’s not happening. Unless of course you are inviting me to only the BIGGEST EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF ALL EVENTS. Okay World Fair, you win. I’ll sell my cook stove.

Here are a few additional pictures of artifacts that were on display in the exhibit.

Parts of me want to say “isn’t that the biggest bone you have ever seen?!” but parts of me also feel like that sounds a little dirty and while I am sure the bone wasn’t the cleanest when it was discovered, I am not sure it needs my vulgar statements thrown into the mix to bring to life the massive size that it really was.

And like all smart museum exhibits, we ended up in the gift shop where I cuddled (and adopted) a real life panda bear. I know, I couldn’t believe it posed so perfectly either for it’s first picture with it’s new mama. Goochie goo Pandy.

In all seriousness, this was such a fun learning experience and I am so happy Shawn and I decided to open our brains a little bit to the old wonders of the world. If you get a chance to stop by the Chicago Field Museum anytime soon, pay a visit to the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit and prepare to walk out a lot smarter and more well rounded. Seriously, they had a McDonalds inside the museum. 

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.


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