Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Mouse and the Shedd . . .

So by know everybody knows that Chicago is a great summer place. It has more green space (over 12,000 acres of public parks) than any other American city, and has wisely kept the lakefront off-limits to developers. A year ago I blogged about The Mouse and his first visit to The Bean and the fountains and the Frank Gehry walking bridge at Millennium Park. If you haven't been, you must.

And earlier this week, Agent 99 took The Mouse to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Another essential summer destination in Chicago.

But some of Chicago's best attractions are indoors (which is nice when it's as hot as it is right now). Today, Agent 99 and I took The Mouse to the Shedd Aquarium.

First opened in 1930, the Shedd boasts impressive architecture, and has become the largest indoor aquarium in the world, and a leader in marine education and conservation.

Yeah-yeah, blah-blah-blah. But the thing is, it's also really, really cool. Just ask The Mouse.

The Mouse is just shy of his second birthday, so "a leader in marine eduction and conservation" means even less to him than it does to you. But he is a BIG fan of dolphins and sharks and whales and penguins and turtles and stingrays and fishies and . . .

And today, we had an awesome time at the Shedd.

So will you.

PS: Our own Marcus Sakey is having a launch party for his new novel, GOOD PEOPLE, tomorrow (Thursday, August 14 - 7 p.m.) at The Book Cellar.

Be there or we'll talk about you.