During the concert Photo courtesy of Eliza Warren
I contine my quest to check off items on my Bucket List.
#6. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Photography through Columbia College. I went on a rainy Saturday and was glad to have ventured into the drizzle. The small museum packs quite the punch for a venue of its size. The first exhibit, Sarah Pickering’s Incident Control, was fascinating. She documented explosive tests and training facilities for British firefighters, police and forensics teams. I really enjoyed the exhibit because her photographs provided a window into a world that I rarely think about – the world of training in near-real-life situations.
The second exhibit, Talkin’ Back: Chicago Youth Respond, was pretty powerful. Students were given the opportunity to explore their feelings about their living situations and to comment on their surroundings through the foundations of photography and poetry. This exhibition, in its 7th year, was a collaborative effort between the Center for Community Arts Partnerships and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. The photographs and poems provide a channel for these students to express themselves, and there were some powerful expressions indeed. My only complaint is that there were no prints (or postcards) for purchase…I enjoyed the exhibits so much I wanted to take some of them home! Although this exhibit just closed, I highly recommend checking out the museum.
#7. Attend a classical music concert (preferably indoors). This past Tuesday, a friend invited me to attend a concert through the Rush Hour Concerts series. Held in the St. James Cathedral located at 65 East Huron Street, it was short walk from work. After some light refreshments, we wandered in and took a seat in a nearby pew. The Fulcrum Point New Music Project performed – a group comprised of a pianist, trombonist, trumpet player, and a French horn player. The show, lasting a little over 30 minutes, provided a nice respite between the work environment and the hustle and bustle of rush hour traffic. I really enjoyed myself and plan to attend another in the future – they are offered every Tuesday and are free (though donations are always accepted)!
#8. Have a misadventure on the Metra. Intrigued to see what life was like outside of the city, I purchased a one-way ticket on the Union Pacific North line of the Metra. It was a pretty train ride, and I got to see Evanston, Lake Forest, and many other areas. I stopped in Kenosha, Wisconsin to have lunch with a friend, and intended to return that day. I had made the assumption that the Kenosha stop, because it was the end of the line, would have an ATM or a station where I could purchase a return ticket. Much to my surprise, there was neither. Terrified that I wouldn’t be able to get home, I began asking the other passengers if they knew of an ATM nearby, which is when I met Betsy and Laura, two sisters from northern Illinois. They graciously offered to help me pay for my return ticket – and in exchange, I learned quite a bit from the two teachers on the hour-long train ride back into Chicago. I was fortunate to meet them, but I would like to warn anyone unfamiliar with the Metra: don’t make the mistake I made. Carry cash or buy a round-trip ticket!
#9. Buy flowers at a farmer’s market. I took a stroll (well, about a 2.5 mile walk) to the Lincoln Park Farmers Market. Smaller than I expected, it still had a nice range of fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses and breads for purchase. They had beautiful sunflowers for sale, but I couldn’t for the life of me picture a vase in my apartment tall enough to accommodate them! Any suggestions for displaying sunflowers? I ended up with zucchini instead (at 3 for $1, how could I resist?), but I’m hoping to return for a fresh bouquet for my bedroom.
Cupcake update! I ventured to my third Chicago cupcake venue, Phoebe’s Cupcakes, this past Sunday. Intrigued by the flavors listed on their web site (including Blood Orange Curd!), I took the opportunity to stroll down Clark Street to the little shop. Unfortunately, they no longer have the blood orange cupcake, but I tried a Salted Caramel instead. It was great – affordable (at less than $3, it is one of the cheapest I have come by), moist, and just the right size. They rotate flavors every few weeks, so look for their upcoming specialty flavors!
I luckily stumbled upon an incredible deal while reading Time Out Chicago. More Cupcakes, located on 1 E. Delaware, had free cupcake Mondays throughout June! Discovering this fact, I was able to take advantage of this incredible offer before it expired. The store is quite small, but the cupcakes are beautifully decorated, not to mention delicious! I tried the s’mores cupcake and definitely plan to return for a savory cupcake like the bacon maple or the blt (I’m not kidding!!).