Chicago Art Institute and Al's Italian Beef

Having majored in Art History, I was not going to miss the Chicago Art Institute.  I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it that I was dying to go.  My sister-in-law lives quite close to the museum, so one morning I grabbed my camera and walked over.  Caleb had to work, but we decided we’d meet up later for lunch.

I wandered over and into the museum and figured I’d be able to walk through in a couple hours.  Little did I know how much was in there!  I saw:

It was so peaceful and relaxing to slowly walk from room to room and sit in front of these gorgeous pieces.  When I was in school I studied Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art and the Institute had a wonderful collection.  Some of my favorites were the unfinished Guido Reni's Salome with the Head of John the Baptist and Francesco Mochi's Bust of a Youth, below.

Mochi is one of my favorite sculptors next to Bernini and I was so surprised to see a piece of his in Chicago!

It really made me miss walking around the galleries and museums of Rome.

Caleb called me and we decided to meet up at Al’s Italian Beef for lunch.  We had seen this place on Man vs. Food and just had to go there.  It was delicious!  There are several ways you can order the sandwich, but we went for the traditional dipped.  They dip the whole sandwich in beef sauce so that the bread is seeping with the flavor of the meat and then they pile sweet peppers on it.

As you can see, there’s a certain way to eat this sandwich.

During lunch I showed Caleb the museum pamphlet that had a lot of the works I had just seen and he decided to take a longer break from working to go back with me to the museum.  I hadn’t seen it all yet!  I walked him through all the masterpieces I thought he would be into seeing and then some other exhibits as well.

Toward the end, we wandered into the Modern Art wing to see Picasso’s Blue Guitar.  I have nothing against Modern Art, I just don’t find it as interesting as the period I studied.  I simply don’t get it.  While some of it can be beautiful, I just don’t see the point of a lot of it.  For example, this string of lights tacked onto a wall.

I don’t get it.

I hope everyone’s having a great week!