|SOFA CHICAGO 2012 Chicago Navy Pier
The 19th Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair is a gallery-presented, international art exposition dedicated to bridging the worlds of design, decorative and fine art. Works by emerging and established artists and designers are available for sale by premier galleries and dealers.
Ellen Duckworth and I always get VIP tickets from our friend Elise Gudmann from Studio ten472 Contemporary Art. I discovered Elise and her work years ago at the Kansas City Plaza Art Fair.
Bob and I headed to Chicago for his annual CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons) meeting being held at the McCormick Convention Center. This year for the first time we stayed at the University Club in Chicago. Here’s how they describe their “enduring tradition of excellence” …
“It began rather modestly, more than a century ago, when a small group of college alumni formed the founding charter. Their goal was a simple one – to create an environment in which excellence thrives and develop a place where they, their guests and all future members could draw upon the sustaining values of a common educational experience. Here, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street at the eastern gateway to the city, they established a permanent residence for their shared ideals. Through the generations, this magnificent 12-story structure has provided a stimulating atmosphere where members conduct business, gather socially and expand culturally.”
All in all it really is a beautiful place. I spent a great deal of time using the library as I had to prepare three presentations on church history to give to a youth group as soon as I got back in Kansas City. The library was beautiful…Fortunately, I took this next picture with my cell phone so I do have a picture of these, but for breakfast on my granola I had the biggest black berries I had ever seen…Some more pictures of the University Club:
When not in the library I would walk across the street and visit the art museum…one of my favorites and a few of my favorite masterpieces of art…
I always find the buildings of Chicago absolutely fascinating. I looked up and loved the sight of buildings reaching up to the jet trail in the sky.
We decided to visit the special exhibit on Dr. Seuss at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. It is definitely worth the visit to the museum. We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the delightful Dr. Seuss. And to think I saw it in Chicago!
We had the opportunity to eat at the hip and very trendy restaurant The Girl and a Goat. It was opened by Stephanie Izard, who won Bravo’s (fourth season) Top Chef. She mixes flavors from around the world helter skelter and comes up with a tasty dish that is served to the table as it is done. Consequently, everyone at the table tastes some of every dish. Surprisingly, every dish tastes good with every dish, even though there is such a mish/mash of flavors. The menu is presented with three columns, vegetables, fish and meat. We tried a couple of vegetables (the sauteed green beans were delicious and we loved the roasted beet/green bean/anchovy/avocado creme fraiche) a fish (sauteed prawns/peanut-pork ragout/spaghetti squash) and a couple of meats (smoked goat rilette empanadas and wood fired walters’chicken/yuzu harissa/fried pickles/kholrabi/grilled naan) We also had the ham frittes. Everyone loved the chicken. The goat empanadas were surprisingly good. We aren’t big fry eaters so the ham frittes were probably our least favorite. We had to get our reservations three months in advance if you can believe it. But we were glad we had the opportunity to eat at the Girl and the Goat.
We also got into the Ralph Lauren Restaurant for lunch just off of Michigan Ave. I had to check out the Rueben Sandwich.