I’m back in Alabama this week, but I had a great time in Chicago. It was great to see my family again, and I also had enough time to get a glimpse of the city.

In addition to shopping on Michigan Avenue, eating some real deep dish pizza, and spending time in Millennium Park, we went to Navy Pier, where we rode the giant Ferris wheel. This was one of my favorite things that we did, simply because of the wonderful views we had of the city and the lake.

The next day, my family went to the aquarium while I headed to a cafe with wifi to get some work done. On my way back, I passed the Art Institute of Chicago. Naturally, I had to go in.

As I was paying for my ticket, I learned that this is the second-largest art museum in the US, and I knew I had made a good decision in coming in.

There are some days that I could spend hours and hours in a museum and still not be satisfied, but this wasn’t one of those days. I peeked at the photography exhibit, skipped all of the still-life and religious paintings, and rushed through all the other classics, including the world-renown collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork (with a quick stop to admire the works of my favorite painter, Toulouse-Lautrec). 

I did, however, slow down when I got to the new media exhibit and then I took my time as I looked at all of the contemporary and modern art. Overall, I enjoyed my time at the museum, but I would definitely like to go back sometime when I’m more focused. There was just so much to take in, and I left feeling completely overwhelmed.

My visit ended perfectly, though, with a stroll through the gardens surrounding the museum.

I know I’ve only scratched the surface of Chicago, but with cheap bus tickets there from Cincinnati, I think a weekend trip this autumn is in order. I can’t wait to discover more of what Chi-Town has to offer!

Love, Elizabeth

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