Art & dining at The Cotton Duck

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Frances and I needed to catch up and exchange cat-related Christmas gifts, so she suggested dinner at The Cotton Duck. I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before, and thought it was in West Loop until I actually Googled the address and realized I needed to head to West Town. As soon as I walked up … Continue reading

Art Basel 2016

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I once again headed to Miami for Art Basel this year. I mean, how can you resist escaping a Chicago winter to see a bunch of art on the beach? If you’re not familiar with Art Basel, I consider it the SXSW of art. The actual Art Basel fair is a massive affair at the … Continue reading

Curiosity in St. Petersburg

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My Art Basel weekend started with a pit stop in St. Petersburg to catch the opening of family friend Piotr Janowski’s exhibit opening at the Museum of Fine Arts there. We (well my mom especially) have known Piotr for years, so we figured we’d take advantage of being in the state to see his work … Continue reading

Art & Arepas at Puesto Sandwich Stand in Lakeview

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I’ve been meaning to check out Puesto Sandwich Stand for awhile, and finally stopped in to taste the restaurant’s arepas. The menu was full of delicious-sounding hot sandwiches, small plates and desserts. But I had to go with a pulled pork and guacamole arepa, an elote cup and a cafe con leche. Everything tasted divine! … Continue reading

SOFA 2014

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Better late than never on this one. I had the opportunity to check out the SOFA Expo (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) this past fall during opening night thanks to the Evening Associates at the Art Institute. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it as much as more painting-focused expos, but I actually saw a lot … Continue reading

A visit to the Roger Brown Study Collection

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Our Evening Associates board of directors had a chance to visit the Roger Brown Study Collection, and it really inspired me to pursue my own collection. Based on my extensive research (on Wikipedia), Chicago has a collecting sensibility, and I can definitely tune into that. I know some people might look at shelves of items and … Continue reading

Field Trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum

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A couple months ago (yes, I’m very behind on updating this blog), I had the chance to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum for a field trip organized by the Art Institute Evening Associates board. Although I’d been to Milwaukee before and driven past the museum a couple times, I’d never had the chance to actually … Continue reading

Lolla weekend without the festival: Art Alliance, Shepard Fairey & Nas

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The past couple years I’ve been on the fence about going to Lolla and haven’t ended up going. Each time, I have mixed emotions about missing the festival. When tickets go on sale, I debate if it’s worth dropping the money. Then, when I can see the festival outside my office window, I regret not … Continue reading

Hebru Brantley featured at Chicago Cultural Center

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I love the collaborative relationship between Hebru Brantley and the city of Chicago. With the ever-growing fame he’s achieved nationwide, he stays in Chicago, supporting and growing the local art scene, and the city has reciprocated, supporting his public sculptures and solo exhibits. Brantley has gotten a lot of recognition (rightfully so) in Chicago, but … Continue reading

Christopher Wool at the Art Institute

During last month’s Unveiled Happy Hour for the Evening Associates at the Art Institute, I checked out the Christopher Wool exhibit, being featured now through May 11. Christopher Wool is an abstract painter from Chicago who’s also really well known for his text-based works. He seems to be pulling in some pretty impressive bids at … Continue reading