I will be in Chicago for a week for Microsoft Ignite. I will stay near Roosevelt & Mich. I have never been to the U.S., let alone Chicago, before. May 2nd is my only spare day, and I intend to go sightseeing.
But then, I am not someone who is easily impressed by just "old things", be it architecture or paintings. I am more into technical things, sciences, and perhaps some animals (whether padded, bones-only or alive).
So I thought to attend science and industry museum. How much time should I plan for this museum?
Furthermore, Shedd Aquarium could be worth a visit. But then, we have an aquarium back in Cologne, and I have been there more than once. But then, aren't they all the same, fish behind glass? Is there anything special about this aquarium?
And then there's the Field Museum. I won't make it for the scientist hours on Friday, but it should be impressive nonetheless. I guess I will feel a bit overwhelmed in there. Is there a guided audio tour or sth. like that available, or would I have to be there at 11 a.m. for the guided tour? Is the tour helpful, is it overcrowded (since it's free)? And what exactly does "Pawnee Earth Lodge Open House" mean?
And, last but not least: Are these three doable in a single day? I won't find any other time to attend them during their usual opening hours. Did I overlook any evening specials that take place between May 1st and May 7th?
When I buy three single tickets, cost is nearly the same as the City Pass; but the latter will allow me to bypass the queues, so I'd go for the pass (time is money). Where can I get the pass, without waiting time, possibly even on Friday between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.? (Since I am not sure whether plans may change, I won't pay a hundred bucks before getting off the plane.)