Thursday, December 18, 2014
Photo taken at Christkindlmarket Chicago, December 2014.
The quote is widely attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt; however when I researched it to verify its authenticity, I found out it's derived from a Chinese proverb. It is attributed to Roosevelt so often because Adlai Stevenson said, in a tribute to the late First Lady in 1962, "She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world."
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
|The Christkindlmarket tree, with the First United Methodist Church towering above.|
|The Macy's Christmas trumpets line State Street every year.|
|The first of the Macys animated holiday windows|
|Love the details. Even the dog has a letter for Santa.|
|So much mail!|
|One of my favorites. I wanted to capture the silhouette of a kid looking in the window (without being a creeper!), but there were so many people around, it was hard.|
|Full view of the "global" window & Santa's sleigh.|
My second destination on this visit downtown was Christkindlmarket, just a few blocks away in Pioneer Square. I had the "mandatory" gluhwein (German mulled wine) in a souvenir mug as part of the festivities, although I skipped the selfie in front of the Christmas tree in favor of prettier photos!
|Yes, it really is that crowded!|
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
|Prairie Walk Pond, Lisle, Illinois|
The village also had a tree-lighting ceremony that evening, and the historic Museums at Lisle Station Park area was open to the public.
|Lisle Depot Museum|
|Wood-turning (I'm working on my portrait skills & thought this one turned out great!)|
|Heating up the metal in the forge|
|Blacksmith working the metal on the anvil. I wish I'd had my zoom lens with me to get some closeups of the red-hot metal! Next time!|
If you ever get a chance to visit the museums at Lisle Station Park, do it. The historical buildings are in great shape and you'll feel like you stepped back in history. I learn something new every time I visit.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
My Thanksgiving weekend was quiet. I went for a Thanksgiving morning run and did a little Black Friday shopping. Friday night, the roommate and I went and checked out a food truck (Toasty Cheese) and brewery in Naperville. It was delicious -- both the food and the beer -- once we found the brewery!
Solemn Oath Brewery is tucked away in a warehouse area just off Ogden Avenue and you would not know it was there unless you were looking for it. And that's the way they like it! It's a spot for serious beer lovers, but we agreed that if a guy was taking one of us here on a first (or second!) date, we would probably be a little nervous about where our date was taking us. There aren't any signs directing you to the brewery, the streets are deserted, and it feels like you're going down a dark, deserted street to nowhere until -- boom -- you reach a parking lot packed with cars.
|Inside, the taproom shares space with the brewery. Fair warning: the chairs are bolted to the floor, so don't try moving them!|
|I tried the Butterfly Flashmob (not because of the name, I swear!) and HalfQuad. Loved 'em both. Going back to try others -- hopefully soon!|
|Two flights of Solemn Oath beer (sadly, neither one is mine). I may have to try one of these next time I visit.|
|We were treated to a spectacular sunset for Saturday night's friendsgiving (aka t(H)anksgiving).|
|It IS as chilly as it looks.|
|This guy is such a ham. |