Wednesday, April 15, 2015

8x8 Gallery // Project 365: Week 15

I've committed to a photo-a-day project this year. Three hundred sixty five photos. Every single day. No latergrams (what we call photos taken more than a day earlier in the Instagram world). The project was inspired by Myk Little, one of several photographer friends I've made via the Instagram community in Chicago. Here's week 15. There's lots of yellow this week! 

99/365: Calm
100/365: Unconditional

101/365: Colorful Saturday @ the Holi Festival in Naperville

102/365: This afternoon's run was, shall we say, "character-building" -- but the good news is the daffodils are starting to bloom! 

103/365: #blueskyblooms

104/365: Eternal sunshine


105/365: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. :Anais Nin

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chicago Adventures: Playing Tourist in Chicago | Part I

Last week, I played tourist in Chicago as I showed a first-time visitor the Chicago sights! The Chicago weather wasn't very welcoming for most of her trip, so she was treated to a lot of fog and indoor views. 

Fortunately, Chicago is rich with culture and food, so we never ran out of places to go or things to eat. (She'll just have to come back so we can do the outdoor things we didn't get to do, like take an architectural boat cruise on the river, go up on the ferris wheel on Navy Pier, and do more walking tours of the city!) 

Both my camera card and phone are jammed with photos -- S. is still waiting for me to send her photos. (I did send her photographic proof she went on the TILT at 360Chicago, though!) 

The weather on the first day started out fairly nice, so we headed out to Millennium Park for the obligatory Bean photo:  

We also explored the new (and still in-progress) Maggie Daley Park

And popped into the Chicago Cultural Center to see the glass domes


We topped off the evening with some dessert! 
Tuesday morning, it was damp and chilly. We decided to head to the Field Museum -- a perfect rainy day adventure. But first, some caffeine and nourishment. I decided to zip out to the Whole Foods across the street from the hotel to grab some food. It's a good thing I put on a spot of makeup before I headed out -- Chicago Fire was blocking out a scene right outside the front door of our hotel! The crew was really friendly. (No Jesse Spencer sighting; they were just setting up how they would film a scene & would do the actual filming on Saturday.) 

We checked out the Vikings exhibit at the Field Museum. Very interesting -- loved this piece of silver! 
After the museum, we chilled at the hotel a bit then headed back to the Cultural Center to see if the Bradley Preston Hall was open (it wasn't, but we were still able to take a few photos), then headed to Macy's on State Street. There's a Macy's closer to our hotel on Michigan Avenue, but the Macy's on State Street is the one you want to visit when in Chicago because of its historical aspect! We had dinner at the Walnut Room -- wonderful atmosphere and the best chicken pot pie I've ever had! 






More to come!! Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday



"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." :Maya Angelou

(Photo shot at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Butterfly Haven in Chicago.) 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

8x8 Gallery // 365 Project: Week 14


I've committed to a photo-a-day project this year. Three hundred sixty five photos. Every single day. No latergrams (what we call photos taken more than a day earlier in the Instagram world). The project was inspired by Myk Little, one of several photographer friends I've made via the Instagram community in Chicago. Here's week 14:

92/365: Happy Hour(s) 

93/365: Have a great weekend! 

94/365: Pug Life

95/365: Bye, Iowa!

96/365: Chicago Cultural Center

97/365: Treat yourself (shot at the Walnut Room in Macy's on State Street) 

98/365: Details. Butterfly at the Peggy Nortbaert Museum butterfly haven.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Manifesto

It's going to be a great week! Chicago staycation starts this afternoon!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

8x8 Gallery // 365 Project: Week 13

I've committed to a photo-a-day project this year. Three hundred sixty five photos. Every single day. No latergrams (what we call photos taken more than a day earlier in the Instagram world). The project was inspired by Myk Little, one of several photographer friends I've made via the Instagram community in Chicago. Here's week 13:

85/365: Museum tour. View of Chicago from the Nichols Bridgeway.
Check out this blog post about the tour.

86/365: Is it caturday yet? 

87/365: Clear & cold: photo meetup at Waterfall Glen

88/365: Getting ready to watch the last episode of Season 3! 

89/365: Drama


90/365: Lunchtime run

91/365: First swim of the year!