Hi everyone, I'm currently working at the University of Illinois in the town of Champaign-Urbana. I've been here for five weeks now with just under seven more weeks still to go, and I've decided it's about time I try and visit some sites of zoological interest in my nearest big city: Chicago. I've booked two day trips on the Amtrak train to Chicago for two Saturdays in this month. It's about a 3 hour train ride each way but I'll be leaving early and returning late so should be in Chicago roughly 9AM-8PM (arrival and departure times from the station). I definitely want to visit the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo. How would you suggest arranging those four places into two days? Was thinking a whole day for the Brookfield Zoo and try to do all three of the others in a single day? And also any suggestions/comments/things to look out for would also be appreciated. Also should I book a third day trip to Chicago? Are there any other places that anyone would suggest visiting, including anywhere to see wild animals/birding that I can get to on public transport? Also if anyone knows anywhere else of interest I can get to from Champaign, IL by public transport I would also be interested. I'm considering the coach to St Louis but that would have to be an overnight trip. Indianapolis is also possible as an overnight trip by coach. While I'm working here I'm completely busy every week day but I have free weekends where I could go somewhere interesting.