Thursday, September 7, 2017

I Like #33

Another week of I Like!  I was privileged to get to go on a short vacation to Chicago (which I've never visited before) with a good friend of mine from graduate school (who I don't get to see often), so this week is full of traveling-associated I likes!

1.  I like surprises!  We had lots planned on our trip, including a stop to look at the Chicago Cultural Center (the old Chicago Library).  My friend had heard it had a great stained glass dome.  Well, that was the understatement of the year.  It was absolutely AMAZING, the whole thing was filled with the most beautiful shimmery opalescent Tiffany glass mosaics.  It's one of the most beautiful building interiors I've ever been in and was totally unexpected.  It was so wonderful, the stained glass domes felt almost like afterthoughts.  It was terribly hard to capture in pictures, but I encourage anyone who goes to Chicago to stop in.

2.  I like art museums!  We went to the Art Institute of Chicago which was really wonderful.  I didn't even have time to see it all, but many of my favorite pieces came from the American wing.  There were so many great things-way too many to show.  Again with the terrible pictures, but all these favorites were brand new to me.  So awesome!

Rainy Day, Frank Weston Benson

Spring Rain, Victor Higgins

Madame Paul Escuder, John Singer Sargent

The Last of New England-The Beginning of New Mexico, Marsden Hartley

3. I love architectural ornaments.  Chicago is a mecca for 20th century urban architecture and we went on a lovely architecture tour.  I love all the ornaments on buildings- quilt inspiration for sure!

4. I love seeing old friends!  It was really great to spend time with Kristin; I wish we lived closer together!  Hooray!

Thanks as always to LeeAnna for keeping us going with the positives!


  1. I LOVE Chicago!!! Wish I'd been there with you two. What gorgeous details you caught. Great photo at the bottom of page!

  2. Hi,
    Great shots. Thanks for sharing your trip. Have a great day!

  3. Sounds like a wonderul trip! Thanks for sharing so many great sights!

  4. Your blog post looks like a digital version of Owen Jones' "Grammar of Ornament" and Alexander Speltz' "Styles of Ornament" ... beautiful photos, great detail, and hopefully a lot of inspiration. I've been lucky enough to have visited the Chicago Museum of Art and find it as breath-taking as you did. So glad you got to spend time with a friend while surrounded by so much beauty! Thanks so much for the comment on my blog too.

  5. Oh what a wonderful trip! I love your photographs! Really beautiful! Have a great day~