I recently spent the weekend in Chicago and wanted to share some of my photos from the trip. It was my first time visiting the city, and I hope it will be the first of several visits, because I liked it and there was a lot that I didn't get the chance to see. (And the food was so good. I want to go back and eat all the food.) I did do my essentials, though: art museum, dinosaur fossils and/or an aquarium, donuts, and yarn.
The Art Institute of Chicago has been on my list of museums to visit since my high school art history classes, and it didn't disappoint. I loved seeing Seurat's Sunday on La Grande Jatte in person - the experience of seeing a famous painting in real life is exciting, but it's even better when the painting is not just iconic but a personal favorite.
We also visited The Field Museum and saw Sue the T-Rex and her dino friends. Then the next day, we went to Shedd Aquarium, which is a great aquarium and they have belugas! One of my favorite animals! Even better, they have a baby beluga. I don't think I've ever seen a baby in real life. So cute! I really need to get around to making PlanetJune's beluga pattern that's been languishing forever in my queue.
For my donut trip, I chose Firecakes, where I had the most perfect chocolate glazed donut I've ever seen (sadly, no pictures, I ate it too quickly). For my yarn store, I went to Loopy Yarns in the South Loop. They had a nice selection, and I picked up a skein of Miss Babs Yummy sock yarn in the Swan Princess colorway, which is a dark purple with blue-gray-greens in it. So pretty:
Definitely a good trip! Chicago is only about an hour away from here by plane, so it's a nice long-weekend destination, and I hope I can go back soon.