The Bean

So this will be the last post about Chicago.  I wish I could keep up with where we actually are, but it’s been difficult to keep up while visiting people, traveling, and working on my photography.  (Be sure to check out today's post!)

In my last post, I described our day at Morton Arboretum with family.  I’ve put up a full post at Jen Wojcik Photography so be sure to check it out!

After a few days in a row of walking all over Chicago and spending the afternoon in the Art Institute I was exhausted as you can see.

If you remember, Caleb met me for lunch at Al’s Beef, but I knew I hadn’t seen all the art that I wanted to see, so I decided to go back, and he went with me.

After spending more time in the museum Caleb and I walked over to the Bean and I had way too much fun with photos!  In some of them, you can see Caleb and I in the Bean if you look very closely.

We really enjoyed our time with Laura, Peter, and Alexis and miss them very much, but we’ll see them again for the holidays.

The next post will be about our time in East Lansing with Bill and all of the games we went to.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!

A Beautiful Fall Day with Family

We are now in Boston with my best friend and have made it through the storm over this past weekend.  We lost power for a few days, but it’s back on and we’re all doing great.  More on that later… I have another Chicago post to put up from a couple weeks ago.  I apologize for being so far behind where we actually are, but it’s been difficult to keep up while on the move.   From Chicago, we went to East Lansing for a week, and like I said before, we are now in Boston.  I’ll get more posts up soon!

When we were in Chicago we took a day to go to the Morton Arboretum with Laura, Peter and our niece Alexis.

It was a beautiful fall day and I got some great shots of everyone!  I'll soon be putting up a family shoot over on my photography blog of Laura, Peter, and Alexis of the same day at the arboretum as well.

I hope everyone’s having a great week!

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!

Dinners with Uncle Steve

Let me preface this post.  We were in Chicago for two weeks and the posts about our time there won’t necessarily be in chronological order. While we were in Chicago we stayed with Caleb’s sister and her family.  We had so much fun spending time with them and I was able to get a ton of photo practice in.  I’ll be posting those on my photography blog soon but will also link to it from here.

There were many reasons we stayed in Chicago for a couple weeks.  Caleb had a financial bloggers conference to attend during the first weekend of the month and we wanted to spend time with family and friends in the area as well as see the city.

We had dinner with my uncle Steve a few times while we were there.  He is a Jesuit professor at Loyola so we simply took the L up to campus and spent time walking around and letting him show us the city.

The first night, he was kind enough to offer to take us to Ditka’s, which is an amazing steak and seafood house downtown.  The mashed sweet potatoes were divine!  I’m really close with my uncle and it was important to me that we spend some time with him so that he could get to know Caleb better.

After dinner we went to see 50/50 (a really good movie) and then walked over the Tribune building I was so bummed that I didn’t have my camera for this.  The Tribune has pieces of other important buildings inlaid into the walls.  There were pieces from St. Peters, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, Ground Zero, the Great Wall, the Berlin Wall and so much more.

We were there quite late at night and it was relatively peaceful for downtown Chicago.  It was inspiring to walk around the base of this building and feel connected to all the other parts of the world that its stones call to mind.

We met up with Steve again a few nights later and went to the Rosebud for dinner.   Before dinner, Caleb and I went down to the Apple Store in the hopes that we could get cases for our new iPhones that we were expecting.  When we got to the store we were both awestruck by the memorial to Steve Jobs.  The sidewalk was crowded with people writing post it notes, taking pictures and simply standing in silence.

At Rosebud, I was in heaven because I love food, but this has to be the closest thing to real Italian food that I’ve tasted since I was in Rome.  It was soooo good!

It was wonderful to be able to spend some quality time with uncle Steve.  More to come on Friday!  Hope everyone is having a great week!