Travel Notes: Chicago

August 21st, 2010

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Here is our Chicago.
This visit was our first, long overdue, and we realized how much we’ve been missing. The city was all dressed up in summer – hot, clean, and friendly.

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Little grows in Florida this time of year (we enjoy local produce when the rest of the country is blanketed in snow), so we made going to farmers’ markets our hobby. Rows of multicolored beets, various berries, plump eggplants, and zebra tomatoes inspired us as much as the room full of Calder’s mobiles at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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We liked the Sunday market at Wicker Park. It was raining, but the crowd was enthusiastic, equipped with umbrellas, and ready to stock up on the beautiful produce. The Streeterville market on Tuesday was another favourite. The highlight there was a tent with all kinds of spectacular, locally grown flowers. The variety and fair price of the bouquets left us speechless and wanting a proper garden.

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P.O.S.H. was one of the first on our list of places-to-go. It’s the most charming tableware shoppe that stocks vintage pieces from European and American hotels, flea market finds, and some new gift items. The set up inside is incredible, like a museum, but much more inviting. We spent hours browsing the selection and still had to come back a second time to have another look. They have an incredible childrens’ section (where we got Paloma’s nesting dolls), with wonderfully illustrated books, finger puppets, drawing supplies, and sippy cups galore. If you are ever in the area, give it a visit, you won’t regret it.

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Other fond memories include an organic fingerling potato pizza with the thinnest crust on the planet, dipping our toes in Lake Michigan, finally getting to see pieces by Henry Darger, magnificent architecture, Bucktown, uncomplicated subway, Hendrickx Belgian bakery, and snacking on all the lovely produce after a long day of walking around, with blisters.

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Thank you, Chicago.

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Tags: food, inspiration, life, travel

  • Iris Larisa says:

    The pictures are amazing:)

  • Ricki says:

    Stunning, stunning photos!

  • Leonardo says:

    Move over NYC, think it’s time for a revisit to the windy city. I felt like I just took a tour on the Travel Channel combined with a visit to the Food Network. You definitely brought out the best this charming city has to offer.

  • HiHoRosie says:

    Gorgeous collection of photos! Makes me want to go right now!

  • Bertha says:

    Beautiful capture! I go gaga everytime I see beautiful summer produce, and look at that golden raspberries! I’m this close in planning Chicago trip now just because of these pictures :)

  • sohdalex says:

    What lovely pictures. Those raspberries are probably my favorite!

  • Golubka says:

    Larisa: Thank you!

    Ricki: Thanks so much!

    Leonardo: Thanks very much! Chicago is so different from New York, we found very few similarities. They’re both great in their own way.

    HiHoRosie: Thank you, it’s a charming city, especially in the summer :)

    Bertha: Thanks so much :) Feel the same way about produce, so inspiring!

    sohdalex: Thanks for your comment!

  • JD says:

    Obsessed with this.

  • what beautiful photos. Congratulations to these works of art. I loved those berries. very nicely done. cards

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