Can you imagine Swedish fine dining and an evening of miniature puppet opera (yes, miniature puppet opera) at a restaurant off Magnificent Mile in Chicago? Imagine, my friends. It was the Kungsholm restaurant at Rush and Ontario that operated the Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera from 1937 to 1971. For real.
Highly detailed puppets in miniature.
The venue even had an orchestra pit (complete with hydraulic lift) sporting 52 players. This is the conductor Tosci.
The Swedish American Museum in Andersonville currently has this episodic/operatic amazingness on display. Enjoy.
Chicago’s Near West Side is a block by block experience. Not a lot of uniformity, which I find interesting.
The 1500 block of W. Adams is studded with historic townhouses and intricate brickwork.
Grander than I expected on the second day of Open House Chicago: Saint Ignatius College Prep on Roosevelt.
Soaring-high ceilings. Palatial libraries.
The Brunswick Room boasts intricately carved bookshelves.
Elsewhere are collections of artifacts recovered from historic buildings.
Zigzagging my way through the Austin neighborhood on the West Side and found this. A Chicago fire station–Engine 96.
Love the bright red doors and terra cotta building accents. Without the pale robin’s egg blue accents, the red doors might not be as red. Without the red doors, the blue accents might not be so warm in color.
Open House Chicago was this past weekend. More than 350 buildings open for adventurers/explorers. Great Lakes Yard in Garfield Park was an interesting surprise.
Located in a large bow-and-truss warehouse on Lake Street, Great Lakes Yard salvages old growth lumber.
The warehouse is a natural history museum of sorts for visitors. A box of old mallets.
A clover-shaped stool fashioned from a tree trunk.
And random boards and boxes.
Pie shops have a strong butter smell. Or should, anyway. Hoosier Mama Pie Company on Chicago Avenue smells exactly that: butter and more butter.
Owner/baker Paula Haney, an Indy native, opened her pie shop on Chicago Ave. in 2009, and her pies might be the best in the city. The pie crust is buttery, flaky goodness. The fillings range from strawberry rhubarb (my fave), apple (classic), Fat Elvis (chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas, natch), to different custards and chess arrangements. Dieters beware, pie lovers rejoice. You can fork the pie menu here.
I love to support a great dog rescue org, and Chicago’s One Tail at a Time might be my favorite. When they announced their Tiny Dog 500 race, I knew I was all in.
People who love dogs–I get them. And people who want to reduce the number of euthanized shelter dogs–I get them, too.
Tiny Dog 500 was a fun event. Tiny competitors of varying sizes.
To see these little ones sprint down the track was more fun than I anticipated. One owner wagged a McDonald’s bag containing a cheeseburger at the finish line, and her dog hustled quickly and won the race heat.
Until next year, OTAT, and tiny dogs everywhere.