Day 2 in Chicago began with some snow which then turned into a steady drizzle.
Lisa and I hopped on the red line and rode it to Chinatown. We made our way up and down the street ducking into little shops along the way. These shops were usually crammed from front to back, floor to ceiling with a multitude of different items. After browsing the merchandise, we decided it was time for lunch. So we ate in a nice restaurant in Chinatown which gave us some of the largest helpings of Chinese food I have ever seen. It was delicious but altogether too much food. On our way out of Chinatown, we stopped in a Chinese bakery and bought some Chinese cookies. (They were okay, but a little too crispy and airy for my liking.)
We dropped the cookies off at the hotel and boarded the bus for Navy Pier. We ended up walking quite a distance to get to the pier itself, but that simply allowed a chance to see more of the Chicago streets. Once at Navy Pier, we purchased tickets for the 3D Imax film "Aliens of the Deep. This film was directed by James Cameron(also directed the movie Titanic) and basically was about the creatures that live in, on and around the steams vents on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The film was a bit disorienting at times, and there didn't seem to be too much that utilized the 3D effect. Overall, Lisa and I decided the film would have been better if it were just a normal film and not a 3D film.
After the movie, we walked around for a while looking at the shops. The weather was too nasty to be outside, so we didn't get to ride the Ferris Wheel or the swings - maybe next time. We did, however, stop by the Popcorn Palace and buy three varieties of the yummy goodness - Butter favored, Cheddar flavored, and Caramel Macadamia Nut. Mmmmmm. Then we stopped by a hot dog place and each enjoyed our meal. There was a cheerleading competition taking place at the pier the same day we were there, so there were literally hundreds of middle school girls running around and thousands of parents trying to keep up. By this time, we were ready to leave and crash at the hotel, which we promptly did.