Friday, December 17, 2010

Wonderland Express

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If you live in the Chicagoland area, a winter visit to the Chicago Botanical Gardens is a must.  From November 26th to January 2nd, the Wonderland Express is open.  This magical experience features "a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winding over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. All buildings are handcrafted from natural materials like leaves, bark, and moss."  Not just for children, this is truly something everyone should see. I cannot recommend this enough.


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Augie walks under one of the 4 trestle bridges.


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The Shedd Aquarium


 


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The Chicago Theater


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They have a mini-Chicago skyline featuring Navy Pier, the Sears Tower, and Marina City.  It even snows over the skyline!


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Buckingham Fountain


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Picasso on Daley Plaza


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Obama Family House in Chicago


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They even have the Crate and Barrel store on Michigan.  


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The Stanley cup (made from baby coconut husk, eucalyptus pod, sea grass rope, burr oak, acorn caps, turkey tail mushroom, sponge mushroom, and cork bark) is new this year!  Duh-di-duh, Duh-di-duh, Duh-di-duh-di-duh-di-duh!!!!


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The gallery just outside the Wonderland Express Exhibit is transformed into an English country train platform with another miniture train garden running the length of the gallery.  


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The faux train platform is decorated adorably. There are packages, suitcases, and a ticket booth!


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On your way out, check out the outdoor grounds as well.  Their Christmas lights are beautifully done.


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 Every inch of their trees are covered in lights. It is amazing!!


Check out the Botanical Gardens website for more info- http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland/about.php


This is a must see!


 



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