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And whatever connections I can make between these chapters of my life.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Glorious sunshine bouncing off tall buildings as we motor along the river. The enormity of the buildings, the stories told by our fabulous docent, the company of an old friend-- What a great place to spend a fall day or two.

I love the flatness of the city, the decent public transportation, the museums, the city gardens, the amazing food. Oh, and it helps to have a college roommate who's lived there forever in charge of two very busy days. Thanks, Patty!

Chicago has become quite a foodie destination. Dinner at a neighborhood restaurant rivaled any meal I've eaten, anywhere. Southern comfort food at a place named Kith and Kin. Shrimp and Grits! Ah, life is good.

If you go with an interest in architecture, don't miss the tours sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

Words are still swirling in my head from the docent's lecture: Echo Deco, "Less is more unless it's ego" (re: Mies van der Rohe), Contextual Conversation.

Devil in the White City, a book that really grabbed me, came alive as our tour guide regaled us with our 90-minute lesson in architectural history. If you don't mind a bit of graphic violence in your fiction, this book is a must-read. Rumor has it there's a movie deal underway, possibly starring Leonardo DiCaprio?

Also finishing Loving Frank, and although it's bugging me on many levels, I find Frank Lloyd Wright to be a fascinating character.

And Chicago to be an amazing city.

 Quote for the Day:
Space is the breath of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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