Trip to Chicago, Illinois

By: Zachary Lancelle

Summer Fun

Over the summer we took a vacation to Chicago, Illinois. While there we went to the Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Soldier Field. It was my mom, my brother and me. We stayed in a beautiful hotel in downtown Chicago. There was a great view of the whole city from our room. It was close to everything so we walked to all of the attractions we visited except for the Willis Tower. We had to drive through downtown to get to the Willis Tower. My feet were so sore from all of the walking we did while we were there. We went there August 17th,18th and 19th. We traveled in a car and it took almost 4 hours to get there and around 4 hours to get home. On our way there and back home we stopped at the Oases in Illinois, which is a big rest stop that goes across the whole interstate. It has several places to eat, restrooms and a gas station. As you sit there and eat you can watch the traffic go past and actually see the windows moving a little. We decided to go to Chicago because we had not been there in a long time. Also we were excited to visit the museums, planetarium, aquarium, and tower because we have never been to them before. I was nervous but excited to walk on the glass floor of the Willis Tower, which is 103 floors up! At the Shedd Aquarium we pet stingrays and they felt very weird and silky. There was one stingray that was really big, black and felt very rough. The Willis Tower is taller than pyramids, the Statue of Liberty and every other building in Chicago too. The elevators travel 1,600 feet per minute.

Look at Me!

My brother and I laying on the glass floor of the Willis Tower looking down to the street. We were very brave for doing this because it was really scary for both of us!
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Look at Me!

A view of the street from 1,353 feet above ground at the Willis Tower!
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The Physical Science of it

Machines, Especially Pulleys: We rode the elevator to the 103rd floor. An elevator is like a pulley system. The elevator is held in place by guide rails. The motor of the pulley system allows for the elevator to go up and down.

Citation: discoverykids.com/articles/how-do-elevators-work/

The Physical Science of it

How the elevator has to be formed to go that high: An elevator is a type of vertical transport equipment that moves people between floors of a building, vessel, or other structure. Elevators are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables or counterweight systems like a hoist.

Citation: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elevator

I wonder...

1. What is the highest floor that an elevator can go to?

2. How many people can fit in a regular sized elevator?

3. What is the fastest speed an elevator ever went?

4. How is it determined how much weight can go on an elevator?

5. What causes an elevator to stop working?

6. How much energy does it take to run an elevator?