Monday, October 21, 2013

Life Lately

This is going to be another one of those posts that is all over the place. A little bit from life lately, a little bit of thing I want to share with you. I thought about starting a side blog that allowed me to write a little more about my life, a la Young House Life or Everyday Elsie, and even went as far as to buy the domain name. But then I started to feel like it would get rambly, or "no one cares!" so I decided to keep a personal element to this blog every now and again. I worried about losing subscribers, but I realized if that's all I think about before I post, I'd have a real shitty blog. (Edit: jk shortly after saying that I decided I did want a personal blog. You can follow me on tumblr here, if you are so inclined.)

Anyways, onward! 



This weekend I went to Open House Chicago, which is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Basically, the Chicago Architecture Foundation arranges it so that you can nose around a ton of beautiful, sometimes private, buildings, seeing hidden gems around Chicago and taking in some breathtaking views. I usually skip the ones in the Loop, because while the buildings are majestic and the skyline shots incredible, I like having an excuse to explore neighborhoods and buildings I wouldn't normally go into. 


This year we went to the Elk's National Memorial (majestic), the Park Castle Apartments (underwhelming, even with the indoor 1920's art deco pool), and Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, a breathtaking synagogue that while structurally sound, has been closed since 2008. Afterwards we just went to the beach because it was the perfect gray day and I just like hanging out at the dog beach as much as I possibly can.
And for one more gratuitious Chicago shot, I finally snuck in an architectural boat tour. I try to do at least one a summer, but nearly missed this year's. Turns out, going in October has its perks, because you catch the sunset! If you're going to go, I highly suggest the 6:00 pm River & Lake Tour from Wendella, because it does a lot of the architecture facts, but then just kicks it on the lake for you to take pictures for a half hour, giving you full skyline shots from every angle. 

Otherwise, I'm loving...

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4 comments:

  1. Open House Chicago sounds AMAZING! Maybe they'll start doing one in Seattle so I can start actually checking out all the pretty houses I gawk at all the time! Also, woah those cookies look good.

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  2. Thanks for the link love, lady! :)

    My neighborhood has something similar where you can walk around all of the different apartments and lofts of various artists in the neighborhood and check out their studios while they have their art displayed. Not quite as cool as awesome architecture, but New York seems to have a penchant for tearing beautiful buildings down!

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  3. Thanks for the link love, lady! :)

    My neighborhood has something similar where you can walk around all of the different apartments and lofts of various artists in the neighborhood and check out their studios while they have their art displayed. Not quite as cool as awesome architecture, but New York seems to have a penchant for tearing beautiful buildings down!

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  4. :') Thanks for the link love, my lady!

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