On Monday, we paid a visit to Engine 96 / Truck 29’s house on 441 N. Waller, on Chicago’s west side. We were excited to see Chris’ new firehouse. After floating around from house to house for a few years, it’s nice to have a place to call home.
We enjoyed taking a tour of the house and seeing the fire poles (there are a few). I found it very interesting to learn that the very first fire pole was invented in Chicago in 1878 at Engine 21. It was discovered by accident when a firefighter used a long, wooden pole to slide down from the hayloft when an alarm came in. We were not able to to go down the pole, but that didn’t stop us from taking a few pictures.
We were a little disappointed when we didn’t see the goats next door (yes, goats). The neighbors to the north are four-legged, grass eating, goats. Which, unfortunately, were not out. I’m sure we will be back again, if not for the goats, definitely to visit our favorite firefighter in all of Chicago. Actually, make that the world!
After leaving the firehouse, I talked the kids into a brief stop at the Garfield Park Conservatory (#19 on the list of 50 Ideas for Summer Fun). We were way to close, not to make a visit. We moved quickly through the Palm House. Stopping briefly to read about the biggest and oldest Palm Tree (the Scheelea Palm dates back to 1926) at the Conservatory and checking out the display made from the wishes of many visitors to the Conservatory.
We then walked through the Show House, Aroid House, and Desert House to get to the Children’s Garden. Even though they are getting bigger, they still enjoy a ride down the slide. After they got a few trips down, we headed back to the Desert House to exit the Conservatory and enter the outside gardens.
We walked directly to the water lily garden. In another month the pond will be covered in lily pads and flowers. An amazing site to see. We were fortunate to see many lilies and many active dragonflies during our visit.
Before we left, there was a quick walk through the maze. We then headed back inside, through the Sugar from the Sun room and then back to the Palm room, where we said our goodbyes. Until next time!