The choir spent today at large in Chicago. True to the weather ‘rollercoaster’ promised on TV yesterday, the day started surprisingly brightly despite the crisp, cool temperatures. The boys set off for the Museum of Science and Industry, giving the Form 8s the chance to do some Common Entrance revision on the coach (parents please take note).
In classic chorister style our first priority was the museum shop. So enticing and varied was it that the boys spent nearly a full hour shopping before even laying hands on their museum entrance tickets, having bounced, thrown, squashed, worn, shaken and prodded pretty much every item on display. The MSI seemed endless, and – other than a short break for lunch – the boys were kept in perpetual motion between floors of interactive experiments, becoming a sort of scientific exhibit in their own right. They created tsunamis, stroked therapy robots, shaped tornadoes, watched chicks hatch, got lost in a mirror maze and – probably the highlight of the day – visited the museum’s Nazi U-boat, U-505, dramatically captured in 1944 complete with Enigma machine and codebooks.
Late in the afternoon we headed to Millennium Park to visit Anish Kapoor’s ingenious Cloud Gate, a mirror-like sculpture that enabled the narcissists among us to take selfies with Chicago skyscrapers in the background. Slightly chilled from the al fresco photography the boys took refuge in a nearby restaurant, where they warmed up by eating ice cream (it seemed to do the trick somehow). For dinner we were hosted by the generous congregation of St Paul & the Redeemer in Hyde Park, where the combination of deep-dish pizza, apple pie and root beer has undoubtedly given us the energy we’ll need to cope with tomorrow’s long drive to Minneapolis. North Star State, here we come!