Went to Chicago for the weekend. It's turned into an annual event for us, just to go up and visit some cool stuff; the art museum, the field museum; the Navy Pier. Well, that last one wasn't so hot - somehow I just can't get too excited about a place that charges a buck for a refill of iced tea. I hate to think what their profit margin on that must be. We visited the children's museum too, which was...not terrible. They had some nice stuff for the two-year-old, but it was pretty jammed together. They could have used quite a bit more space. The children's museums in Indianapolis and Bloomington - and Cincinnati, for that matter - are nicer.
But of course, the highlight of Chicago for me is the museum campus. We only went to the Field Museum this year, but the aquarium and the other museums can't be beat. We actually walked from the Navy Pier to the campus this year - a couple of miles, and pushing a stroller!
Topped it off with a quick visit to Indiana Dunes. We went, unprepared, to the beach. Swimming in Lake Michigan beats swimming in Monroe Lake, surprisingly enough. The visit was way too short.