This last weekend I went to Chicago with two friends to see the Harry Potter Exhibition. (unfortunately we weren't allowed to take pictures inside)
We left Michigan at 7 am to make sure we got there bright and early... and with the time change, we got to Chicago at 10:30 their time (it's about a 4 1/2 hour drive). We went straight to the Museum of Science and Industry, where the exhibition was being held, and got in line to buy our tickets... thinking we'd go see the Potter stuff, then kick around Chicago for a few hours, then be home by 10pm or so.
The Harry Potter Exhibition was sold out until 8:30 pm, Chicago time... 10 hours from when we bought our tickets!
We were determined to see it though... so we checked out the museum for a while (since it closed at 4) and then hopped a bus to the Magnificent Mile for 5 1/2 straight hours of shopping and walking. I am SO sore!
I got the most delicious drinking chocolate from Ghiradelli, and was in awe of the American Girl Store... where they now have a cafe where you can get cute treats that are sized both for little girls... and little dolls!
We didn't get back to Michigan until about 3:30 am, but I have to say, the Potter Exhibition was so very worth it. Seeing all of the costumes alone would have made it worth it!
So if it's touring near you... I have to say... go!
Oh, there is also this lovely Fairy Castle in the museum, that is absolutely amazing!