Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A whirlwind trip

So, without mentioning it here, or really even to that many people in Seattle, I ventured off to Chicago for a couple of days last week to meet up with my parents (my dad had a work conference on Thursday). I literally mean a couple of days - I arrived there Wednesday night at 11:00 and was back in Seattle by 7:00 Saturday night. That, my friends, is a short trip. But, it was long enough to do all sorts of things. Thursday, while my dad was at his work event, my mom and I met up with Heidi for some great shopping in the "wholesale" district, which is a mecca of bargain purses and jewelry. A lot of the stores require a wholesale license for purchasing, but some anyone can visit. I can only thank my lucky stars that I didn't know about this place when I lived in Chicago, because the damage would have been tremendous. Thursday night my parents and I saw Wicked, which was really spectacular. I always love a good musical spectacle, and this one didn't disappoint. If you get a chance to see it you really shouldn't miss it! IMG_4063
Friday we walked around Millennium Park and visited the "bean" (Cloud Gate) and then went to the Art Institute. IMG_4072I must say, I love the Art Institute, and I've been there countless times, but I was really upset this time. They're building a massive new wing and a lot of the museum is closed or in storage, including almost all of the Impressionist works, which is what the museum is really known for. I was surprised that they didn't move those paintings into an open area, since they're what people want to see. The museum is always good, although I don't think now is the best time to go. IMG_4076We saw these performance artists outside the museum - they were really fun, bending over and extending.IMG_4077 That's my mom there - note her great purse, which came from the bargain purse mecca on Thursday. Friday night we went to Second City, where we saw No Country for Old White Men, which was great. I've never been to a bad show at Second City - again, you should go there.
Saturday afternoon my parents flew back to PA and I flew back to Seattle - a whirlwind, like I said! I have knitting, I show you next time...

4 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

Purse mecca?
Can't wait to see what you got...

kristen said...

Sorry I missed you! If you were at Wicked you were right near my office (corner of State and Randolph)... and of course, right next to Argo tea!

Emily said...

I love Argo Tea - why wasn't that there when I lived in Chicago? I took my mother there on Friday and she liked it as well...

Knitting in the Rocky's said...

Glad you enjoyed the bean, one of my favorites in the city..now I have new favorites. I can send you that quilt square pattern if you are interested.

Your old pal,
Lillian