Sue, the famous T. rex sponsored by Mc Donald’s

Last time I was talking about Chicago, I was telling you about my favorite skyscrapers and how this Architecture tour recommended by a blind guy was fabulous (for those who’ve missed the story : here). Another famous Chicago Landmark is the “bean“, located in the very iconic Millenium Park, originally created to celebrate the millennium (but it never did, since it opened a few years behind schedule haha !).

The bean is actually a nickname, since the real name of this sculpture is the Cloud Gate (I much prefer saying the bean though :D). The sculpture is made up of stainless steel plates welded together, with no visible seams. It is so shiny and polished that you can see yourself in it like in a mirror.

I wish we had taken cooler pictures than this.. oh well. Not so long ago, I’ve seen a wonderful picture of the bean on another blog, have look if you have time, it is really better than what I managed to take !

Not so far away from the bean, there is the Buckingham Fountain, the coolest fountain I’ve ever seen.  The fountain is meant to represents Lake Michigan, with each sea horse representing the states that border the lake (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana).

From there, we walked to the Field museum of Natural History, considered as one of the biggest Natural History museum of the world. We particularly enjoyed the Evolving Planet gallery that displays the evolution of life on Earth over 4 billion years through the different mass extinctions. I really loved the dinosaurs hall :-)

When we first entered in the main hall, we weren’t expecting to see a full size Tyrannosaurus rex ! All the previously discovered T. rex skeletons were usually missing over half of their bones, but not this one. It was complete at 80%, which is impressive ! There was an auction for the skeleton, and the Field museum wanted to purchase it so people would have been able to observe it. However, it was very difficult for them to have enough money, so they asked companies to provide financial support and that’s how Mc Donald’s became an official sponsor of Sue the T. rex :-) There is a shinny plate at the bottom of the skeleton saying “sponsored by Mc Donalds”, and at that time, I found that hilarious. Not so much now.

We didn’t have time to visit the Adler planetarium, but a fellow blogger was telling me not so long ago that it was her favorite place in Chicago. I’m sure it’s worth checking :-)

I’m off to Lake District for the weekend ! See you in a few days :-) 

 

 

 

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69 responses to “Sue, the famous T. rex sponsored by Mc Donald’s

  1. I grew up in Chicago, pre-Bean era. It is a fascinating structure. I love the Natural History Museum – it is one of my favorite museums. Chicago is a great town. My brother and I used to hand out in the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park (when the admission was free) – also a great museum!!!!

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    • Yes, Chicago is really a great town. Before going there, I’ve heard a lot of bad things about Chicago regarding the security … but We didn’t feel that it was unsafe. Maybe some ares are really rough (like everywhere in the world). All the museums we did there were awesome :-) Thanks for sharing this with us :-)

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  2. I like the bean too, wow how shiny it is! And it’s huge! The fountain also reminds me of the Trevi in Rome – but on a much larger scale! Monkey would have been in awe of the T-Rex. We want to take him to the Natural History Museum here in London. Chicago looks such a cool city.

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  3. I am somewhat envious of your travels. “Somewhat” only because I am so hesitant to leave home and rarely travel anywhere more than a few hours drive. So I have subscribed and will now enjoy these places vicariously with you.
    So now I’ve “been” to Chicago. :-)
    A local museum in Springfield, MA. has replicas of dinosaurs including a T. Rex, but not the real skeleton. Amherst College has a nice collection of dinosaur footprints from around the Connecticut River Valley.

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    • There is nothing wrong by preferring staying close to home. It means you are happy where you live, it’s quite amazing ! I know a lot of people that feels that way. to me, it means you’ve found the right spot, I’m quite envious as well :-)

      Travelling virtually can be interesting, you are experiencing things without the trouble ;-)

      Here, the skeleton is not 100% real, but better of what has been found so far. I would love to see dinosaur footprints ! Last time we were in the west, we saw a lot of signs pointing towards dinosaurs tracks, but we really lack time to explore properly the area.

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  5. That’s pretty interesting about the T. rex haha. Great photos, especially the fountain! Have so much fun in the Lake District, the weather today was great so hopefully you were able to enjoy it!

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  6. Hi Gin hope you have a fabulous time in the Lake District! I am having problems with the hotel wifi accessing other wordpress sites so I’ve read your post great as always but can’t see the photos at the moment… It’s rather frustrating! Hope you have a lovely weekend the weather has been great in the UK this week! 😃

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    • I had a FABULOUS time in Lake District ! The weather was fantastic and I even got a sunburn :D We explored nice areas, I will try to post about it soon, it looked amazing.

      I’m sure you are enjoying yourself as well :-)

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      • That’s good to hear Gin!! Unfortunately I’ve gone down with the flu so am currently in my hotel room in Munich feeling awful. Monsieur Le Chic had it whilst we were in the UK so it’s not been the best trip so far. At least this is a good place to be ill – Monsieur has just come back from the Apotheke they have so many wonderful products and were very helpful. Am looking forward to reading all about your Lake District trip! Hopefully I’ll feel better soon or I’ll be writing about a Munich hotel room not very interesting! Hope you’re having a good week 😃

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        • Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been sick. Stay hydrated, nothing else you can really do when you have the flu :-( I hope it will pass quickly !! :-( Drink lots and lots. when are you going back to Australia ? I hope you will still manage to enjoy Europe before going back

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  7. I didn’t know Cloud Gate was the official name of the beam, I always thought the Beam was the official name…hehe:) And yes, Adler Planetarium is definitely worth the visit;) If you don’t like planets and stuff the views out there are also very stunning. When we visited there was at least 3 wedding parties there to take their wedding photos on the pier with Chicago in the background.

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  8. Amazing T-Rex!! I love dinosaurs and this is definitely my favorite. I’m sure it was special to see such a complete skeleton. Thank you for sharing! x

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  9. I took Choppy up to the Bean – and was quickly told no dogs were allowed (but only after I got a few pictures!). Suffice to say, your pics of it are far better than mine!

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  10. I’ve only been to Chicago once, in 2003. I’ve seen so many pictures of The Bean, but it opened a fears years after I was there, so I’ve never had the opportunity to see it in person. I do think I should get back to Chicago one of these days!

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  11. Oh, I was thinking in a dinosaur like Barney, fortunately I was totally wrong :-)
    I saw the photo in the link and although technically well done I feel more happiness in the colors of your photograph, like the place were (and I think it’s) a place for urban joy. In the end is like with friends, there aren’t better photographs, just photographs with we have more sympathy and affinity. Happy travel (y)

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    • haha, well… not all dinosaurs are purple you know ;-) I agree, there is no such thing as a “good” photography. At the end, it’s all about feelings. I love your sentence, I may use it in the future when I have more sympathy for a picture :-) Have a lovely weekend !

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  12. The bean looks amazingly shiny. And how huge the T. rex really was. It’s very impressive. And I like the fountain, too. Looks huge, too. Like everything in the U.S., isn’t it so?! ;) Have fun in the Lake District!

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    • Oh yes, everything is huge and impressive in the US. Even the supermarkets (no kidding, I’ve never seen anything like that :D). Thank you ! I’m flying this evening, I hope to get nice weather :-)

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  13. I enjoyed this quick tour around my own city this morning! Your photos were obviously taken on a lovely day, which today is NOT, so it was a nice treat to remember how beautiful Chicago is. Come back and I’ll show you guys a lot more places! Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend!

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    • We had our fair share of grey sky when we were in Chicago (especially during the Architecture tour), but that day was lovely indeed :-) With a nice breeze :-)

      We would love to go back :-)

      Thanks, enjoy your weekend as well !

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  14. What wonderful architecture. Wonder how they keep the sculpture shiny and mirror-like all year round…it looks like people can touch it and leave fingerprints all over! That T-Rex is massive, the people look so small beside it. Amazing how it looks so fragile yet has stood like that for so long. I suppose some visitors are afraid a bone might drop off or something, given how old the beautiful artifact is :)

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    • If you get too close, I think you can see all the fingerprints ;-)

      The T rex was really impressive. It was well preserved in a mix of mud and other sediments, so it was well protected. I think the bones are not the real bones, it would be too heavy, it’s in plastic (but I’m not too sure about it).

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      • Hehe. I’ll take your word for it the sculpture has fingerprints. I will remember that if I do get to see it in real life ;)

        Fascinating way of preserving the skeleton, but a bit sad they aren’t the real bones. But nevertheless, it looks very life-like and you were lucky to have seen it up close and personal!

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        • I share the same mixed-feeling towards the dinosaur “fake” skeleton, but we have to be realistic. I don’t think it would be possible to have the real bones hanging there (too heavy), in addition, with all the humidity and heat, and no protection it will quickly be damaged :-)

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