It’s been cold, snowy and icy in Chicago (surprise??)… we have been staying in as much as possible, venturing out only for ballet class and trips to the 711 for movies and snacks. The sidewalks are either really slushy or super icy. No good.
We did make a little car-trip though to the south side of Chicago last weekend, and that was really nice. Such a beautiful part of the city, it feels so different than the North Side. Elegant old mansions, wide tree lined streets, the gorgeous University of Chicago campus, the South Shore cultural center…. it feels like a different era that was frozen in time. In reality, it was one of the few sections of Chicago that escaped the Great Chicago Fire, so parts of it are really old. And gorgeous.
Oh yeah…. Obama’s family home (mansion) is in the Kenwood neighborhood, just north of Hyde Park. We might have stalked a little…. and Noah might have been nervous that the Secret Service was going to bust us. We stayed in our car though…. followed the rules. How boring!!!
We visited the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. This is small but sweet (and free!) art museum. They had an interesting exhibit on Buddha going on, and a great little treasure hunt activity for Maggie to do. She was so proud of herself when she was able to find an old Oriental vase all by herself.
I definitely want to go back to the South Side when the weather gets nicer… there are some gorgeous parks and beaches in the area. Until then… we’ll be inside keeping warm.