Category Archives: Travel and Excursions

Finishing the Waldo Search

This week I wrapped up my Waldo Scavenger hunt. I mainly did it for social media fun, and since I knew most of the businesses I skipped I didn’t feel compelled to complete all passport stops. Instead, I returned to Secret Treasures because not finding him there bugged me. Angel spotted a lovely teaset perfect […]

Monarch love in North Park Village

On Friday I visited a lovely new-to-me Nature Preserve. North Park Village Nature Center is a remnant of a former Tuberculosis clinic in Chicago. The wooded, 46-acre nature preserve holds various types of landscapes. The easy-to-follow looped trails offer an overview of Savanna, Woodlands, Wetland, Prairie and Edge Forest. Open from 10 am to 4 […]

Finding Waldo in Evanston

Find Waldo Local is a community-wide scavenger hunt originated by independent bookstores. Local residents can pick up a passport that lists participating stores, and then stroll local shopping districts to locate tiny Waldo cut-outs in the shops. I believe Bookends & Beginnings instigated the scavenger hunt in Evanston, and it has expanded to various non-book stores […]

Halim’s Time Piece Collection

On my first visit to the Halim Museum I also strolled through the Clocks of the World. This exhibit starts with a reproduction of the oldest known clock, and impressive installation of gears attributed to Richard of Wallingford. He designed an astronomical clock,which was built approximately 20 years after his death. More than 1,100 timepieces are […]

Stained Glass at the Halim Museum

In early January I took a staycation and stumbled on a wonderful new Evanston Museum. Founded by an avid collector of clockworks and stained glass windows, this brand-new museum is a gem! The museum houses three exhibits: Stained Glass Masters, Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Clocks of the World. Custom-built by the Halim family, […]

Elmhurst Art Museum

Last week I visited the Elmhurst Art Museum, which has two lovely exhibits up. The cartoon-like works of the Forced Field exhibit by Hebru Brantley seem cheerful at first, but have an underlying message that is more serious. Hebru’s Flyboy is a recurrent theme, based on the Tuskegee Airmen from World War II. The collection […]

Encaustic 2017 Show

On Friday I visited the Bridgeport Art Center for Encaustic 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium. Several FUSEDChicago members were part of this exhibit, so I knew it would be a fun social gathering of members. In addition, I am always inspired by the works of my friends, and I enjoyed perusing the various walls […]

LEGOs at the MSI

Last week I finally got to see the fabulous Brick by Brick LEGO exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit showcases landmark buildings while also teaching about structural engineering and other scientific feats pertaining to construction and architecture. We even get an inside view of the Giza Pyramids. Adam Reed Tucker is […]

Black History Education at the Cultural Center

Last week I commuted downtown and decided to stroll over to the Chicago Cultural Center. First, Angel and I passed the Monument with Standing Beast by Jean Dubuffet. I walked in on a prototype of the story chair from the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, which apparently doubles as a table and turns into a throne as […]

Exploring Crystal Lake

On Friday I was scheduled for an evening art fair at the Immanuel Lutheran School in Crystal Lake, a suburb I had never visited before. So prior to the 4:30 pm setup time I decided to take the afternoon to explore the town. An online search produced an intriguing map of a nice walkable cluster […]