Time for more Chicago greatness !
Tuesday 6th March –
– Earring Workshop –
Anyone that knows me, even slightly.. will have probably noticed that I pretty much always have jewellery on. It’s like clothing at this point. I woke up on Tuesday with no plan for the day and really I don’t know how I ended up back on the library website but somehow I did and I found out they had an Earring workshop in the Makers Lab. I just couldn’t say no !
The aim was to create earrings that were animal related and.. given there are only two animals that I genuinely get over excited about: Dogs (in particular Pugs) and Giraffes, I figured my earrings had to be related to one of the two. I already have pug earrings and so making a giraffe pair was the logical option. So the first thing I had to do was find an outline of a giraffe on Google. This was then put onto this software called Inkscape that allowed me to copy and paste the giraffe outline, adjust the size of the giraffes and add small circles where the jump ring and fish hook would be inserted. Once that was done, I saved my giraffe outlines onto a USB which was then put into a laptop that was linked to the laser cutter. Less than 5 minutes later, I had these..
The next step was to use two sets of pliers to attach the ring and hook.
Here is the finish product:
I think they are adorable and I have already got some wear out of them.
Wednesday 7th March –
– Museum + Cultural Center Take #3 + Chicago Deep Dish Pizza –
Firstly I headed to the Museum of Contemporary Photography, I have to be honest.. I didn’t enjoy it very much. It is super small and I like to be forced to think when I go to the museum and the current exhibitions just didn’t do anything for me.
Despite a disappointing museum visit, a friend came to visit that same afternoon and of course.. anyone that dared to come within a 2 mile radius of me and label themselves as a friend of mine had to endure a Cultural Center visit haha.
After that we headed to dinner and I got to try a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. I can only say that it in some senses resembles a pie more than a pizza and it wasn’t greasy at all like a “regular” pizza which was great. I greatly appreciated the fact that it had like a pie-like crust as opposed to a soft soggy.. piece of disappointment:
After dinner, I spent the evening relaxing and chit chatting !
Thursday 8th March –
– Sears Tower + Lincoln Park Zoo + Lincoln Park Conservatory + Jazz Club. –
A full day of pure greatness.
We started the day with a trip to Sears Tower, I have to be honest this wasn’t originally on my list of places to visit whilst in Chicago but i’m glad I ended up going. The weather was perfect which meant that I could take in all the beauty that is Chicago, Illinois..and the other 3 states that are apparently visible from this tower but let’s be honest.. I had no idea what was where or what was what. A few arrows or notices on windows wouldn’t have gone a miss ! #justsaying
We also checked out the observation deck which is pretty much a section that extends out one side of the building and you can see the city below you (not one for the faint hearted), it was pretty cool indeed.
Here we go for those classic instagram shots (this was not my idea..no really, it wasn’t):
When your friend gets carried away with their new found photographer role and you just lose it:
Once I had finished with my modelling debut, it was time to head to the zoo !
This was probably one of my most amusing zoo trips ever, some animals seemed like they just wanted to be left alone to eat and some looked as though they were deeply contemplating their own existence. A unique experience to say the least haha.
I went to the zoo to see one animal in particular and after searching for said animal for what seemed like a lifetime. I was a good few moments away from just assuming that they weren’t out due to the weather and then..
A Giraffe ! Some people go to Chicago to see the sights.. others go to see a Giraffe. Keep your judgement to yourself, thanks.
Here is me channeling my inner giraffe ..
.. pretty convincing eh?
What you can’t tell from that picture is that I actually had my giraffe earrings in also. Once again, Keep your judgement to yourself.
After, we headed to the conservatory which is attached to the zoo:
Very pretty and relaxed.
Fast forward to later that evening…
‘The Chicago R&B Kings’
(picture courtesy of google images..as I failed).
We went to a Jazz/Blues club called Buddy Guy’s Legends and I kid you not, it was absolutely amazing. When we first got there, we had dinner whilst the band set up:
And then it started and I failed to take a picture because my eyes were quite literally glued to the stage until it ended.
It was soo good, I pretty much sat there smiling the entire time. Kinda like this..
Being at that Jazz Club made my heart soo happy. It was just incredible. Such talented singers/musicians. Really amusing MC and just in general a very chilled and easy going vibe. Perfect evening. Loved it!
Fast forward to Sunday 11th March –
– Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater –
Location: Auditorium Theatre
Shortly before heading to Chicago I was at work..working like a good employee *clears throat* and then I realised that there was an Alvin Ailey show taking place during the time that I was going to be in town and I got soo excited, I cannot even explain to you. It was as if someone had told me that they had a pug to give me (please note that was not the case and I am open to pug offers).
This show was amazing ! I was sold from the minute I saw the performance space ..
..then the show started and within the first 5 mins, the goosebumps started. Such talented dancers and storytellers. It was lovely to finally witness the work of a group that I had heard about countless times throughout my time in high school/sixth form. A touching performance that also acted as a reminder that I miss the stage.
Just in case you want to know more about it, you can read the breakdown of what I saw here (Program A).
It was great to end my time in Chicago on an absolute high!
Monday 12th March –
– Back to Matane –
My time in Chicago had officially come to an end. It was time to return to the snow that is Canada and the silent town that is Matane.
Here’s what a human that has an emotional attachment to their hotel room looks like…
To close .. one thing that repeatedly happened throughout this trip was me finding myself having conversations with random people, from taxi drivers, shop keepers, other people at the workshops and even the lady next to me at the theatre. These conversations collectively act as one of the main highlights of the trip. True meaningful conversations about life, goals, travel and so on. Everyone has a story and that is something that intrigues me more and more as time goes on.
An amazing trip. I laughed a lot, ate lots of chocolate, ate some good food in general, listened to some good music, got my theatre fix, created and enjoyed some city time ! Chicago, thank you and .. i’ll see you again some day.
Until next time !
“Life to me is a journey – you never know what may be your next destination” – David Russell.