By Dave Wischnowsky
The WISCH LIST
Everybody is interested in money.
But who knew that money is also so interesting?
Thanks to Chicago’s Money Museum – yes, that’s a real place – I I’ve learned that, with interest. And as an added financial bonus, I’m also now one of the few guys this side of Scrooge McDuck who can tell you what a million bucks in one-dollar bills looks like.
It looks good, by the way.
Last week, I popped in to of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (230 S. LaSalle St.) in the Loop’s financial district, hoping to make greater sense of money by touring the museum located inside.
Upon my arrival in the lobby, I was greeted by a chummy security guard who seemed exorbitantly pleased to see me, before saying, “A lot of people don’t know this museum exists,” which explained why.
“Although, we do get a lot of student field trips,” he added before explaining how I’d need to show a form of ID and step through a scanner much like the ones at O’Hare before I could gain entrance.
After emptying my pockets – but keeping my shoes on – I slipped through the scanner with no waiting (unlike O’Hare) and at no cost stepped into a space filled with more money than I’ve ever seen in my life.
Or probably ever will.