I went to Chicago this week to attend the Craft and Hobby Association trade show with my friend Deb Prewitt. We managed to squeeze a day of sight seeing into our trip and had a blast playing tourist in the Windy City! Unfortunately we also happened to choose the most humid and hot day for our trekking about town...even the locals said it is never this bad!
So, to beat the heat we spent the hottest part of the day exploring the Art Institute. What an amazing place...we spent at least 5 hours and didn't see it all. One of my favorite exhibits was Chagall's Americas Windows
There was so much detail when viewed up close...hard to see in the photo but amazing in person.There was a great textile exhibit as well but photographs were not allowed. The exhibit showed a progression in design in kimonos through the years...from traditional to off the rack. It was full of beautiful textiles and featured a lot of very sheer summer weight kimonos that we don't usually see.
I was thrilled to see a couple of Mark Rothko paintings up close. I am amazed at the many layers of paint Rothko employed. His work is so amazing in person!
The museum was filled with my favorite shade of green. I don't think it skewed my experience but my eyes were delighted to be filled with my favorite shade of green. Love this grid pattern behind me!!
We enjoyed a rest on a bench by the water...I even pulled out my sketchbook!
I enjoyed the skyline and beautiful tall buildings...like Amazonian women gathering at the water's edge. This fountain seemed like it was built to allow those Amazonian women to dip their feet in...it is huge! The parks were equally wonderful and plentiful! Boy were we thankful for the shade of all those trees in the parks and the breeze off the water.
There were beautiful gardens and sculptures everywhere you looked...a very beautiful city. Deb and I finished off the day with a walk along the Magnificent mile. We didn't do any real shopping...just window shopping and ducking into stores to get cool. :-)
Thanks for a great visit Chicago! The people we met were great especially the one young couple who took us under their wing and gave us the metro tutorial and tips for further adventures in the future.
Tune back in tomorrow for a CHA market report!