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The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

We got a special tour of the Field Museum by Plucky Friend Donna, who works as a docent there. (She's there on Weds. Ask for her.)

Mary had long wanted to meet T. Tex Sue, because she read a very good book on the controversy surrounding her discovery and the ownership, and as you may have gathered from reading these updates, she often forms crushes on inanimate objects. Sue, the largest and most complete T. Rex skeleton ever found (and a Plucky Lizard, based on the evidence of wounds she suffered during her lifetime) lived up to expectations (who knew a bunch of bones could have charisma?), while the Field Museum, an aesthetically and intellectually pleasing combination of classical museum architecture and up to the minute interactive museum displays, exceeded it.

We had a fine time wandering through the history of the world exhibit, through single cell organisms to creatures that hovered somewhere unclassifiable between plant and animal life, through the dinosaurs (always a crowd pleaser) through the modern day. Various mass extinctions happened along the way, always a sobering thought, lest we get too confident about our Survivor status. No one--and nothing--gets out of here alive.

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