Saturday, June 29, 2013

Chicago Trip

Ryan at Nordstrom's Rack. Such a good sport!

From there we took the blue line to LaSalle and walked to Grant's Park.

Buckingham Fountain in Grant's Park - designed after a fountain at Versailles. This was the only day that was really pretty and sunny. We got hot walking around!

Next up was the Art Institute to see American Gothic and the special exhibit "Passion for Fashion: A museum-wide celebration of style inspired by Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity."

The exhibit itself is worth a trip to the Windy City. No photos allowed of the exhibit but it was wonderful. It looked at the relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s and if the Impressionists were fasionistas and the role fashion played in their attempt to paint modern life. On display were dresses and accessories from the time period that matched what was shown in the paintings. I loved this quote about corsets:

"A woman in a corset is a lie, a falsehood, a fiction, but for us this fiction is better than the reality." Eugene Chapus, Manuel de l'homme et de la femme comme il faut, 1855

Afterwards we took the water taxi one more time from Adams Street at Union Station to Navy Pier where we ate lunch at Capi's and split the baked penne with sausage. 

We made it back to our hotel with two minutes to spare to not be charged for an extra day of parking. Actually, Ryan made it back - he sprinted the three blocks from the El to the Days Inn. He was not going to pay another $22/day to park!

We drove about an hour southeast of Chicago to the Indiana Dunes. Such a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. There was a short hike to Mount Baldy - a 123 foot sand dune.


After the 1933 World Fair in Chicago, several of the houses of the future exhibit were moved to this state park. To me, this looks like something from the 50s - but I guess the architects knew what was coming! This is the Florida house:

We decided to start driving south and see how far we could get. It was the perfect time of day to enjoy the heartland and we took the long way back to the interstate. We stopped in Watseka and ate Steak 'n Shake. I'm sure we were their first Mississippi visitors!

We made it to Mt. Vernon, Ill and spent the night in a cheap hotel. We got up early and stopped in Senatobia for lunch with Net and to get the dogs from Mom and Dad. It's nice to be away but I'm so thankful to be home! Ryan is working today and starts M4 on Monday. We are finally in the home stretch of med school!


Lee and Kim said...

I love this! I'm so glad that you had such a great time. Chicago is the best! :)

Becca said...

When Ryan grows up he will be Bryan! My favorite quote of the night. Martin is still terrorizing Bailey with the squirt gun! Loved catching up.