staycation : three

Stay : threewalk thru millenium park and the laurie garden lunch @ sweetwater sweets @ sugar bliss happy exhibit @ the chicago cultural center impressionists @ the art institute walk @ the nature boardwalk near the lincoln park zoo

I was skeptical when I woke up this morning and is had rained overnight and the sky will filled with clouds. But, as the morning went on, the clouds rolling in over the lake began to give way to the blue sky above and it turned out to be a really, really nice day!  iPhone photos only for now - I will do a little more on each item in upcoming posts.  Just too many photos to process tonight and each of these things deserves a little elaboration.

I got downtown a little early to walk through the park and Lurie Garden - had not been in the gardens before. Given that it's Fall, most everything is on it's way out, but  it was still a beautiful green space in the middle of the concrete jungle!luriegardens

I squeaked in a visit to The Happy Show by Stefan Sagmeister at the Cultural Center (it leaves next week) and I am so happy that I did!  I love his humor and keen grasp of the obvious.  This exhibit is fun and interactive and says much of what we think, but never admit or say out loud. happyshow

From there I walked over to the Art Institute of Chicago to take in the Impressionists (another exhibit at the end of it's run).  There were a lot of amazing works - didn't really love that they were spread out so much - somehow never found the AI's famous Seurat.  Guess it's a good thing I have had the pleasure of seeing it before, but if I were an out-of-towner, I'd be pretty upset it wasn't front and center.  impressionists

Last stop of the day was over to the Nature Boardwalk near the Lincoln Park Zoo.  I have seen a good number of photos of this structure that sits along the nature walk and have wanted to get there myself to take a go at it!  No idea why it's taken me so long, but man, was I missing something fabulous!  I might have gotten a little carried away photographing this thing...Processed with VSCOcamboardwalk