Chicago during the winter is a fascinating place. Eight Scholars experienced some of what Chicago has to offer on a trip there during Winter Break, February 10-13, 2011. Arriving in Chicago by rented van at 5:00 pm on Thursday, the students spent the evening in the Art Institute of Chicago, which was free of admission that evening. On a whirlwind tour, they saw most of the highlights of the museum, including Georges Seurat’s "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" and Grant Wood’s "American Gothic". One student fulfilled her dream by attending a performance of the musical Les Miserables, while the rest of the students ascended the John Hancock tower and viewed the city from over 1000 feet in the air with the help of a fascinating audio guide.
On Friday, students were treated to breakfast at the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and to a tour of its facilities. The group then spent the morning at the Museum of Science and Industry, experiencing a new exhibit on storms. In the afternoon, they decided to shop on State Street, visiting the old Marshall Field Department store, which is now a Macy’s Department store.
On Sabbath, the students worshiped with the Hinsdale SDA Church, and then spend part of the afternoon at the Garfield Park Conservatory where a special event highlighted the sources of edible foods. The group had a chance to sample chocolate in all its forms, as well as many other edible substances. Finishing the afternoon, they visited the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago. There the group viewed carved reliefs of Sennacherib’s palace, tablets of the Enuma Elish, a cuneiform tabled describing the Assyrian siege of Hezekiah in Jerusalem, statues of Baal from Megiddo, and other biblically related items. Topping the evening off, the students went for supper to Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizzeria. Since there was an hour-long wait, the group took a night-time tour of Chicago, including a visit to the Merchandise Mart, a building that had the world’s largest square footage when it was built in 1930. The students raved about the pizza, had a good night’s sleep, and returned to Lincoln on Sunday.