The Cool Kids at The AIC

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For our last After Dark event of the year, the Evening Associates of the Art Institute pumped things up by featuring a live performance by Chicago’s own The Cool Kids. It was exciting to see them perform together for the first time in years! Leading up to the event, I had the chance to help … Continue reading

Tea Time at The Allis

My girlfriends and I finally overcame our notoriously challenging schedules to plan an outing and catch up. We decided on afternoon tea, and after Mindy put together a spreadsheet of every tea time offering in the city, we decided on The Allis at Soho House. I was ALL about tea time. I even had the … Continue reading

The 606

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One of the city’s newest attractions is The 606 trail. I am totally on board with the concept of re-purposing the former train tracks for a trail. You can tell it’s still a work in progress, but a unique way to explore some of the city’s neighborhoods. Here are a few shots I snapped along the trail (which … Continue reading

Mana Conteporary

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I recently checked out an open studios event at Mana Contemporary. It’s a large building just down the street from Lacuna Lofts, and a very cool space. Unfortunately, I showed up shortly before the event came to an end, so my tour was rushed, but I did get to visit several talented artists’ studios. I always … Continue reading

Books by the pound at Market Fresh Books on Taylor Street

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I was meeting friends for dinner at Davonti Enoteca for a monthly girls dinner club, and arrived super early, so decided to see what other attractions can be found in Little Italy. I was thrilled to read about a bookstore where you could buy books by the pound! Market Fresh Books is a used bookstore … Continue reading

Lang Lang at the Lyric Opera

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Shortly after Pharrell Williams brought out Lang Lang during his slightly weird performance of “Happy” on the Grammy’s last year, I heard Lang Lang was coming to Chicago. I kind of wanted to go, but never ended up getting tickets. Then a couple weeks ago, my mom brought it up saying she wanted to go … Continue reading

Uptown Walking Tour

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My neighborhood is launching a new series of events, Uptown Saturday Nights, and it’s proving to be a great way to explore the area! Yesterday, we checked out a free walking tour to learn a little bit more about Uptown’s history. I already know Uptown has a rich entertainment history, with the Green Mill, Aragon, … Continue reading

Foggy day at Montrose Harbor

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My mom dragged me out of the house for a walk along the lake at Montrose Harbor, and we caught some great views of the Chicago skyline. A pair of men fishing made for the perfect shot.

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