Chicago: So many museums, so little time. Back in May I made time to visit one of my favorites–the Swedish American Museum in the #Andersonville neighborhood. If your roots are Svensk, you should explore this neighborhood/museum. Always a fun visit.
At the admission counter, a museum volunteer explained that there was a pop-up stand on the main floor serving cardamom rolls and coffee. I knew I had to take advantage, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Slightly sweet with a zingy/spicy flavor. This roll was just out of the oven so was warm to the touch.
Elsewhere in Swede Town is the mother of garden centers–Gesthemane–decked out in turquoise and yellow (the colors of the Swedish flag). It was a lovely day.
Near Woodbine and Chicago in Oak Park are these two bright houses. Atypical colors for the area, which is a nice change of pace.
But then, wait for it… some giant sunflowers.
I couldn’t help but gawk. So tall–they seem to be reaching for the skies/sun/stars.
I can’t draw or paint well, but I appreciate artists who do. This 2010 oil on linen painting by Frank Trankina is so curious and fun.
One of many neat items at the Elmhurst Art Museum.
This painting is by Leslie Baum, I believe.
This 2018 ink on panel piece is by Nancy Mladenoff.
Happy painting and happy Wednesday, all.
Local hydrangeas are still hanging on, but these newcomer zinnias are blooming. So many different hues. Autumn seems near.
Met some dear friends for brunch yesterday in the #Edgewater neighborhood, and I forgot how pretty Bryn Mawr Avenue is. A broad city street with a great Welsh name.
Leafy courtyards featuring decorative tile work.
The Belle Shore Hotel is resplendent in green.
A perfect August afternoon.
Since moving back to Illinois, I try to find new things to admire. Oak Park makes that pretty easy. So does Downers Grove where I work. There’s a walking path behind the building where I did some exploring on Friday. Tall wavy grasses and these neat things.
It’s a prairie summer.
Headed north to Milwaukee for a Wisconsin State Fair creampuff (which I understand is legendarily good) and found myself here. The Harley-Davidson Museum.
So many motorcycles, so much chrome.
This 1909 Model 5-D is one of 12 twin-cylinder motorcycles built that year. And the only survivor.
This 1936 model is a wow.
This 1973 Electra Glide V-Twin is tricked out.
There’s a wall of tanks.
And memorabilia by the boatload.
Vroom vroom. This visit was beyond fun.