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Milwaukee is only a 90-minute drive from Chicago. We figured it was time for us to go for a visit. We went and had a good time seeing:
We enjoyed walking along the Streets of Old Milwaukee from the 1900's, as well as learning about the cultures of Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Arctic. The kids especially liked the Igloo and the Puelicher Butterfly Wing.
We explored the Show Dome, with beautiful, colorful flowers and trees, where we found a Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica), which folded its leaves when we touched it. We also saw the Desert Dome, with cacti of all shapes and sizes, and the Tropical Dome, with exotic flowers and fruit trees, such as banana, grapefruit, and cherry.
We marvelled at the Art Museum, designed by Santiago Calatrava, with its signature wings which open and close. We were happy to see the Summer of China exhibit, with the Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, which ends Sept 11, 2011. The musuem also has a collection of works from Georgia O'Keefe. We had lunch at the Cafe Calatrava, where the food is plated artfully and there's a wonderful view of the lake.
Other cool spots for kids that we didn't get a chance to see this trip: Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Milwaukee County Zoo, Discovery World, & Safe House. I'd also like to see the Candy & Nut Tour at Quality Candy someday. Mmm...chocolate!