I had heard that there was a new interactive art exhibit called Impulse at Navy Pier where there are light up, motion activated see saws. I really wanted to go see them but I kept putting it off and never getting there, or getting there during the day when they were locked up and couldn’t be ridden (they put bars on the bottom so they wouldn’t go up and down). I knew the exhibit was only for a short period of time, and when I read that it only went through May 21st and I still hadn’t gone to see them, I contacted my friends and said We have to go!!
Well, we went on May 21st, the last day. We got there, and the see saws were already gone!!! So sad. But that didn’t stop us from having fun! I hadn’t been to Navy Pier in so long. We went exploring and I brought Alexis and Tanya to see the sights.
Tanya and Alex really wanted us to ride on the ferris wheel (and take them with of course!) but we just had fun taking pictures instead.
This new Ferris wheel, built for Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary which is in July, is higher than the old one, it goes faster, and the ride itself is longer.
Of course it’s still not even close to being as big as Chicago’s original Ferris Wheel made for the 1893 World Exhibition. That one was 264 feet tall!!!! This one is only 196 feet tall.
What’s cool about this one is you get to go around 3 times instead of just once, and the gondolas are enclosed, air-conditioned, and contain flat screen TVs. Though, why you’d want to watch tv when you’re on a Ferris wheel is kind of beyond me!
Of course it’s more expensive to ride than the old one too, which is another reason why we decided to just take pics.
My sister and I! Hillary’s not really a doll person, but her favorite doll I own is Alexis (she told me to bring her!)
I think Alex and Hillary even look alike!
Tanya and Alex enjoying the city-scape and gardens.
Chicago is really the prettiest city I’ve ever seen. But I suppose I might be biased since I live around here!
There was a mirror-wall so we were able to take much better selfie pics!
Girls being super silly! We went down a glass elevator and Hillary cried, “Quick! Take a pic!”
As we walked along the pier we heard some music: What shall we do with a drunkin sailor, what shall we do with a drunkin sailor, what shall we do with a drunkin sailor early in the morning!”
It was a tour boat pirate ship!
“Can we go on it? Pleeease?” Alex asked. But it was late and everything was closing down.
“Well,” said Tanya, “If we can’t go on the Ferris wheel, and we can’t go on the pirate ship, can we go swimming in the lake?”
I always have a hard time saying no to swimming, but it was SUPER cold (my hands were frozen!) and the last thing I wanted to do was get wet! No way were we going swimming!
And no way were we getting in a lake that was 50 degrees either!
So, we just stood by it and had our picture taken.
We had been walking along the pier outside, but by now it was dark, and much, much colder so we decided to go inside and visit the little stained glass museum which will sadly be permanently closing May 28th.
Louis Tiffany was a versatile artist and began making stained glass windows in 1877. He even created a new way to make the glass so it would be brighter in color. When you look at it up close, it almost looks 3-dimensional.
Jesus surrounded by the apostles.
The Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary she will be with child.
King Solomon in his splendor.
On our way back to the car we just couldn’t resist taking a nap on these snazzy looking chairs!
I guess we took more than just a nap….
PS. Did you hear the good news about AG doing away with the permapanties!!!?? They have finally come to their senses! At last! And the packaging too! Whoo hoo! Now, I am super duper excited about Nanea. I wonder if the first batch will have permapanties….I sure hope not!