On Saturday, I visited the Art Institute in downtown Chicago for a lecture on the museum’s new Picasso exhibit. The outing involved a total of 14 miles of bicycling in 15-20 degree temps. No big deal. ;-) I set out on Betty Foy wearing my new Wolford tights with a dress, trench coat and suede knee boots.
Unfortunately, once I got going, I realized that I was quite underdressed for the weather, with freezing toes and thighs.
But there was no turning back – all I could do was make the best of the situation, which was not difficult, considering the beautiful surroundings.
Despite the chill, I felt great after the 7 mile ride and happy to spend time with my friends Sara, Chika and Glenn.
The Art Institute is one of my favorite places in the city. I really should go more often, since I have a membership this year that allows for free admission.
The indoor sculpture courtyard is a must-see during every visit.
Another favorite sight is Chagall’s American Windows.
During Trisha’s recent visit, our time at the Nature Museum was only the beginning of our day enjoying Chicago’s culture by bike. After saying goodbye to the birds and butterflies, we continued riding south along the Lakefront Trail to downtown. Our destination was the Art Institute, Chicago’s great art museum.
After a few hours, our minds began to turn from art to relaxing. We met up with Sara and her new pastel blue Pashley Poppy that she bought from Boulevard Bikes. After commuting daily on a Jamis Commuter for a long time, she certainly deserved the upgrade!
The drinks were overpriced and the atmosphere a little obnoxious, but the views of downtown were cool.
After drinks and dinner, we added Mr. Dottie to our group and headed to Goodman Theatre to see The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. The play was interesting to think about afterward and also very long, 4.5 hours.
We ended up biking back home together through the relatively empty city streets at midnight. In my opinion, the best way to end a full and engaging day.
Wherever you live, remember to take the time to explore and enjoy your area’s culture.