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The Art Institute’s Modern Wing & The Gage

May 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Last week Jess and I attended a Gapers Block meet up in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. I’d never been to the Modern Wing, though it’s been open for about 2 years now. We all met at the Modern Wing’s Caffe Moderno for drinks and mingling. Jess and I hadn’t seen each other for a while, so we caught up over our first beer – Metropolitan Brewing’s Krankshaft – and then mingled for the second beer. Mingling is always easier on your second beer. .. even then, I’m awkward! At 6:45 we got a special tour of the Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design exhibit. Pretty interesting. It was only after we were getting the tour that Jess realized she’d already seen it! Oh well. Oh, also? It was one of the very last free Thursdays.

After visiting the museum, Jess and I went to get dinner at The Gage just across the street. I’d only been to The Gage once and it was just for an hour-long cocktail reception, so I was excited to give it a try. We split Vindaloo Mussels with toast, long toast, and Chips (Fries) with Curry Gravy. Oh, and we also got Duck Fat Nuts for an appetizer. I don’t know exactly what this means. They just tasted like nuts. I liked the vindaloo mussels, but with the curry gravy, it was too much curry. We ended up getting ketchup for the fries.

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Art Institute, Millennium Park, Retro on Roscoe

August 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Art Institute, Chicago

Art Institute, Chicago

After visiting the Sears Tower, Stephanie and I used some free passes I had to check out the Art Institute. I think she liked it, but got her fill fast. Also, a lot of the paintings I wanted to show her were pulled because of the new wing they’re building. We were tired from walking around a lot that day and the day before at Retro on Roscoe, so we decided to take a break.

Wrigley Square, Millennium Park, Chicago

Stephanie, Millennium Park, Chicago

At the Retro on Roscoe the day before we’d gotten two coupons for free smoothies at Starbucks, so we got those, a cookie and a rice krispie treat and rested in Millennium Park. It was a beautiful day and felt really good to sit down. We just sat and chatted for about 45 minutes.

Rachelle & Stephanie, Millennium Park, Chicago

Feeling a bit rested, we headed over to State Street to look at the cheap accessories at H&M. Most of them were pretty ridiculous or not Stephanie’s style, but she did find one pair of earrings she liked that were only like $4.95. Next we headed up to Borders. Apparently there’s this young adult book series called The Twilight Saga that’s all the rage these days. It’s some kind of vampire love story. There are four books out and they’re already making a movie. Anyway, when Steph was visiting with my cousin Kelly she got the first book in the series and was hooked. We were planning on going to the pool later in the week, so I got her the second book to read poolside. Of course, she couldn’t even wait for the train to pull out of the train station before cracking it open! All the talk of Twilight Saga and Jonas Brothers this week has made me feel a bit ancient. FYI, Miley Cyrus is totally not cool.

Steph wearing new earrings, reading a new book.

For dinner we went to Retro on Roscoe. Dallas got polish food (surprise, surprise). Steph and I split a margherita pizza made on a mobile brick oven and another gyro.

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Tuesdays Are Free @ MCA

July 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is free on Tuesdays thanks to Target. I really wanted to see the Jeff Koons exhibit so I decided to go on a free Tuesday. Which was why I was downtown to have lunch and yogurt and see the Apple Store line.

Jeff Koons is pretty famous, some say he is even “one of the most well-known and intriguing artists of the 20th century.” I think most people would recognize his porcelain statue of Michael Jackson and Bubbles .. just from a WTF standpoint when it debuted. His work is very contemporary, kitschy, pop-culture focused. I didn’t know much about his art before going.. just the Michael Jackson thing and that he did all these kinds of sculpture that look like balloons, but are made from steel. I’m still thinking about it and figuring out how I feel, but I was impressed with how many different mediums he uses – oil on canvas, stainless steel, marble, basketballs, porcelain, wood. And how he’s done a bunch of commercial work for Nike and Gordon’s and Frangelico. On the other end of the spectrum there was a whole section of his work that kids were not allowed into because they were very sexually graphic paintings.

I’m more of a fan of the Art Institute (which, btw, Koons studied there in 1975), but I still enjoy visiting MCA from time to time to try to stay current.

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