“Nor is it out of character that Chicago’s grandest achievement- a largely manmade arc of lakefront parks and beaches – began as a mistake, from waste thrown into Lake Michigan – a 75-year-old dump.” Pat Colander
It is a great time to be in Chicago. OK, so maybe it’s so cold you can buy ice cream at the grocery store half a mile away and it’ll have freezer burn by the time you get home, and 40 degrees seems like an invitation to don a bathing suit and jump in the lake, and you’re beginning to think that bears have the right idea. Really, right now is a great time to be in Chicago.
First of all, the Art Institute and the Field Museum are fre*e all month, and the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium through Friday. Then starting Friday through the 29th is Chicago Restaurant Week. Dine at some of the city’s top restaurants for $21.95 for lunch and $31.95 for dinner. Just the word “ice” makes me shiver at this point, but that isn’t going to stop me from checking out the Museum of Modern Ice. It’s only here through next Friday, and then Millennium Park gets to thaw out.
Speaking of thawing out, remember that really crazy warm day we had back in January? Besides being an almost cruel tease, it was also the inspiration behind this evening’s E-Coustic Chicago event at Joe’s. Chris Steinmetz worried about global warming, and faster than you can say “ozone” pulled together an extravaganza of artists and music to benefit the environment. You can hear my chat with host Marty Casey about the event, and then join me this evening. (It’s only $10!)
Have a great weekend!