Chicago’s suburbs–there is Park Forest, Forest Park, Oak Forest, Lake Forest. (So many forests.) And on the western edge of River Forest sits the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History. A smallish museum in a grand building.
You can read about native birds and trees. Free admission for those looking for an complimentary place to learn.
A few blocks from my apartment building is Cicero Fire House No. 2, built in 1898 and reborn in 2017 as the Oak Park River Forest Museum.
If you’re curious about local history and those who built the cities of Oak Park and River Forest, this is a fun visit.
There is a parade of Boy Scout figures fashioned by folk artist John Hagensick.
And a painting by Edwin Reed Hemingway that was found crumpled under a house porch.
Had today off–a rainy Monday–so plunked myself on a Blue Line train and exited at Adams and Wabash. The Art Institute (and specifically the Manet exhibit) was my destination. But the permanent collections are such gems.
The Chagall windows. Blue has never looked so pretty.
A 1912 painting by John Sloan–one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art.
Or this 1905 beauty by William James Glackens–you could get lost admiring it.
You might not guess that a western suburb of Chicago has a cool contemporary art collection, but Elmhurst does.
A large cube that reflects the sky.
Susan Frankel creates energy and patterns in her works.
Various artists contributed their napkin sketches. So ephemeral.
And then a plexiglass installation in Mies Van der Rohe’s McCormick House.
Adult admission for the Elmhurst Art Museum is $15. Enjoy.
Posters from the 1920s and 30s–it’s hard to get enough of them. The mother of Chicago museums (the Art Institute of Chicago) currently has an exhibit titled “Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground.” Good stuff and plenty to admire.
This 1939 lithograph by Charles Mozley is a patriotic announcement.
Other posters feature pastoral destinations.
And this one promises summer sales by the umbrella full. Happy summer.
As a full-time job searcher, I stopped buying non-essential things many months ago. But experiences? I budget for those. Hiked my way north and east to #Evanston to visit the Halim Museum of Time and Glass yesterday. More than 70 pieces of stained glass window art and 1,100+ time pieces.
Stained glass window making is a precise art, from what I gathered. Colors are accomplished with different types of glass, silver stains, acid etching, intricate cutting, and plating. For example, striated glass is sometimes plated with nodular glass.
Some window colors sparkle so brightly.
In some windows, as in this one, the artist hand carved a heavy slab of orange glass to create a jewel-adorned appearance.
And types of glass–how many can there be? Bunches. This stained glass window, Spirit of the Revolution by Frederick Lamb (1863-1928), incorporates the following glass types: opalescent, drapery, herringbone, striated, mottled, nodular, hammered, fractured, and acid-etched flash glass.
Admission for this museum is $19 and some change. Marvel and enjoy.
#Chicago is a diverse quilt of a city. Interesting neighborhoods in all corners and in between. A Near West Side neighborhood gem is the Ukrainian Village, and a gem in this gem is the Ukrainian National Museum on W. Superior. Founded in 1952, this museum boasts a cool collection of fine and folk arts. This painting by Yuri Olishkevych draws the viewer in.
On the second floor is a huge collection of pysanka (Ukrainian easter eggs). These tiny decorative eggs take, on average, four hours each to paint.
There is a room devoted to portraits of Cossack military leaders. This is Yurii Khmelytnsky, who spent a portion of his life as a monk.
There are also instruments to admire.
And then the traditional Ukrainian embroidered items–shirts, dresses, coats, collars, you name it–are boldly colored and patterned. Much to learn and appreciate here, and admission is just $5.