Chicago is one of my favorite cities
in the whole world.  Midwesterners
are soooooo friendly, the city has
the best open space along the lake
(thank you Montgomery Ward for
your foresight), and the art just IS.
Not to mention the food, the drinks,
the walking, walking, walking.
Did I say shopping?

We go there every year for our
Neocon furniture convention in
June and plan enough extra time to
have some fun.

This year we can attend the
Wells Street Art Festival with
six blocks of streets blocked off
and artists from all over showing
their work, not to mention
weenerware. Art in a bottle
cap started by some waitresses
who collected all their used bottle
caps and with resin and paper made
wonderful pins and necklace from them.

Every year during the festival,
we eat at this little fab
Italian place called Orso that has a
garden under grape vines and we met
one of the original weenerware gals

The Lurie Garden in Pritzker Park
is a bird and butterfly haven, not to mention
the new modern wing of the Art Institute
that I just can’t wait to see. The Chicago
Cultural Center is a hidden gem with
free art exhibits and music all the time.
The list goes on and on.

Whenever we go to this convention
everyone always hits the new hip restaurants
while we head up to the Gold Coast, for the local
hang out Bistro Zinc, with it’s zinc coated bar
and wildly entertaining bartenders for some
crisp wine and delightful French food. It is
a romantic tradition we follow every year.

If time permits the Chicago Botanic Garden
which is a train ride 45 minutes north of the
city is a constructed garden of nine islands
and ponds and a reconstructed native midwest
prairie.  The most magnificent garden I have
ever seen. 

So by now you have figured out that I have this
little romance going with Chicago and since
husband just returned from a one day business
trip to said megalith, the Merchandise Mart,
where our trade show is held, I thought I would
use one of those tacky tourista guides to
collage the back of my envelope.


10 Responses to “Chicagoland”

  1. susi March 23, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    ah, so nice to see flowers and green and blue and pretty. never been to chicago, hope to some day. thanks for stopping my blog – love yours too! hoping for clear weather soon!

  2. Michelle Shopped March 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    total cool-ee-o…i must share this with marty, sounds like a place we'd love…

  3. angel March 24, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    wonderful pictures…someday i hope to go there. you are a sweet pal for always checking in on me…i will be thinking of you guys while i am at Artfest. time to go pack. xo

  4. jgr March 24, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    What a great post! I especially like the pictures, and I agree: Chicago is the best!

  5. lyle March 24, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    corrine , the garden photos are lovely. and your picture of the day is a good one! did you ever try to put your mouth around one of those burgers??? years ago friends who were in the garden center business went to chicago for their convention! the wife also loved the shopping and cam home with tons of new things every year! lyle

  6. Snap March 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Wonderful. I LOVE Chicago, too. I've only been there in the winter! Would love to go in the spring and visit the gardens. Art Institute is the best! Lots of art to see. Great mail art!


  7. Candace March 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Those photos are FUNTASTIC! Love love love those bottle caps. How cool is that? Never been to Chicago… mmmm. Maybe I should plan a trip there in June now that I am hipped to all these Shenanigans!

    Candace, Still In Athens.

  8. Marilyn Rock March 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Sounds like Chicago is your kind of town 🙂 Thank you for the descriptions; I've never been except in the airport:) The photos are breathtaking of the garden! Love the bottle cap art, too. Your mail art is fantastic as well. Lots to share today – thank you! xxoo

  9. Mrs Moen March 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Chicago sounds like a wonderful place to visit; now I want to go there too.
    I was thinking of you on Saturday when we were walking through the street on your picture. It does not look Norwegian at all..

  10. Emma March 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Are those beautiful flowers out right now?! Thanks for taking me round Chicago & I love those bottle caps – I gotta get me some resin!
    Love your 'remains of the day'

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