I do not get to travel around the world, but I do get to go on some pretty awesome adventures. I love taking snapshots while on the road. This is where share those pictures.
Chicago, Illinois - Summer 2019
My most recent trip was to Chicago, Illinois in August for my boyfriend's grandmother's 90th birthday party! We stayed for a week, rode bikes at some awesome trail spots including The Garden, a free public park with "a table line, doubles, berms, hips & a pump track". We also ate lots of delicious vegan food. My favorites are the chimichanga from Handlebar & the chocolate peanut butter milkshake from Chicago Diner.
My boyfriend had a bachelor party to attend while we were in town so I had brunch with old friends & then walked the Bloomingdale trail, an elevated greenway that runs through Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and West Town. We then walked to Oz Park so I could see the Wizard of Oz statues. We then went our separate ways. I walked to the waterfront & rented a Divvy bike & rode along Lake Michigan. I got the day pass for $15 so I could jump on & off. I rode to the Art Institute of Chicago where I had one hour to see the entire collection, an obviously impossible goal. There was a Manet exhibit currently on display which I paid extra to see even though, I'm not a huge fan of Manet. It just felt important to see, I guess. My favorite part of the museum was the textiles. Some of my favorites included Lenore Tawney's "Waters Above the Firmament" and "The Bridge Has Entered". I also saw Grant Wood's American Gothic in real life, which was surrounded by people taking photographs of it. I saw some Picasso works but I ran out of time before I found any VanGogh's, which after some research I found out includes The Bedroom (the second, of three) & Self-portrait. Growing up, my Dad had a poster of Sunflowers hanging in our living room. It was what I grew up thinking art was. I'm ok with that.
After the museum, I walked back down to the river to finish the piece of Oreo cake I got from Pie Pie My Darling that had melted in my backpack before riding a Divvy for a couple more hours before Brian came to pick me up. We spent the rest of our visit spending time with his Grandma, who is a wonderful woman. I love spending time with Grandma Marilyn, who at 90 is still totally with it & really fun to be around. Her party was so sweet & I'm thankful we were able to be there. Chicago is a looong drive, but always worth it.