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!