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
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.