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August 23, 2010

You call this art?! – Chicago (Day 3)

Filed under: Chicago, Travel — sashyjane @ 12:00 pm

I bet you thought I would never post days 3 and 4, didn’t you? Well ha! You weren’t going to weasel your way out of looking at more boring vacation slides if I have anything to say about it. :)

Thursday morning, Susie and I got a quick breakfast and took the train to the Gold Coast area of town. The Gold Coast is named such because it’s home to some of the biggest, most magnificent houses in the city. We strolled through the quiet streets and took pictures of some of the pretty homes and luxury apartment buildings.

But every neighborhood has that one family...

Then we took a breather in Lincoln Park before heading to Old Town.

Historical Society in Lincoln Park

Moody Bible Church

When we reached Old Town, we took a few more photos by The Second City then we were off to find some of that Famous Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza!

After waiting in line for a small eternity behind the world’s most annoyingly-voiced girl, (seriously, those Chicago accents kill me!!) we finally enjoyed Gino’s East pizza. It was good but I’m okay with just eating regular ol’ pizza.

After lunch, we hopped on the train and headed towards the Art Institute of Chicago (the museum is free on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.), the Buckingham Fountain and the Cloud Gate (or the Bean) sculpture.

Susie, reflecting on her life choices by the Art Institute's reflecting pool

Susie couldn't get enough of El Frijole

It was pretty amazing

Robbie Sinclair, chillin in the park

This sculpture was about as useful as tits on a boar

When 5:00 finally rolled around, we joined the other approximately 6 billion people waiting in line to get in the the museum. We opted for the shorter line to the Contemporary wing (you can still see the classic stuff, you just enter a different way.)

 I don’t claim to be an art aficionado in any way, shape or form so I can’t speak intelligently to the artistic value of contemporary art work. That being said, some of that stuff is just pure bull honkey. There is no way you can convince me that painting a canvas with 3 different blocks of gray paint is some sort of genius artistic statement. Honestly, you could record yourself doing seagull impressions, play them over a loud speaker and hang a chair from the ceiling and call it modern art. (Nobody steal that idea, that gold mine belongs to me.)  Needless to say, I was ready to transition to the more classic wing of the museum. Susie, who didn’t appreciate my hilarious commentary on the contemporary art since she is an arteest herself, was eager to see some of her favorite impressionist paintings.

Hung Chow, the constipated Chinaman

A stylish museum patron

Susie doing her best Cameron Frye impression

Day 4 to come…

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2 Comments »

  1. you crack me up! i am with you on the modern art stuff..seriously!??
    and wowza…would i love to get inside those amazing homes! love your pics, makes me want to hop on a plane and explore chi-town!

    Comment by nicole — August 23, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  2. It’s not about whether it was hard to do–it’s about the movement and the shocking difference in that style from what was accepted at the time. GAH! What do they teach in this place?!
    But I am not about to say I don’t think the pig with other pig and two Chinese men hanging from it isn’t creepy and weird!

    Comment by susiemaeday — August 25, 2010 @ 3:33 pm


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