I didn’t grow up in Chicago, but Chicago has grown on me over the last few years. There are so many things to love about my city, but its true character lives in the parts, and times of the city that many of us may overlook in the blink of an eye. This month, I had the opportunity to take one of my favorite brands Gwynnie Bee on a tour of my favorite spots in Chicago. The best part of the tour was getting to play dress up with the items from the subscription service. Have a look below, and see the outfit links at the end of the page.
The African Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago
I grew up in the home of an art collector, with paintings and sculptures from across several continents. The challenge is when I was growing up I wasn’t fond of African art, being surrounded by it made it my norm. Fast forward years later, while studying Art in college, I had the dream of studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, but never had the courage to apply. These days, when I am not working, I love to sneak into the African Art exhibit at the Art Institute and learn about my own culture from the outsiders view, looking in.
Millenium Park Art – Chakai Booker Exhibition
When I am stressed, I love to put on headphones and go down to the famous Millenium park and people watch. Something about this calms me, just making up possible stories of the tourists that flood the area. Many people come here to see the bean, but I come here to see the artwork sculptures being displayed. My little secret is that when I walk through the sculptures, I never read the story behind them. It is more fun to decide my own story each time I visit.
Cuban Food in Chicago
My photographer Ethan is of Cuban descent. Every time we shoot, we make it a challenge to visit a different Cuban restaurant on our lunch break. While there, he helps me understand the foods, and tells me stories about his family. Habana Libre is my favorite Cuban restaurant in the city. My favorite appetizers are the Croquetas, and I will never share!!!
Art Institute Park on Michigan Avenue
Tucked away in the heart of the city is a Renaissance park. This has to be one of my favorite parks. I love to sit here and read or write. The best part was I wrote this entire post sitting on one of its stone benches.
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