Woah, ChicaGO! / by Louis Holstein

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This past week my wife, daughter, and I traveled to the great American city, Chicago! We were technically in town for some best friends' wedding, but we made a mini-vacation out of it. We followed was lots of art museums, parks, great food, and tons of inspiration that will stay with me for years to come. 

A view from the Water taxi. (Must do)

A view from the Water taxi. (Must do)

We had never been to Chicago, but our expectations were high. Getting lost in the City was fun, but the highlight was the Art Institute of Chicago. I was floored with the amount of famous art works they had in their permanent collection. Sunday in the Park from George Seurat, an extensive collection of Monet, several of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and of course several Warhol pieces. Not to mention works from Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Marc Chagall, and Georgia O'Keeffe. The list could go on! While The MET or MoMA has a lot of these artists featured, it is some of these artists most famous work that is at the Art Institute. 

Myself in front of the famous "Sunday in the Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

Myself in front of the famous "Sunday in the Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

Above are some of my favorites. All of these pieces belong to the Art Institute of Chicago. All Rights Reserved. 

The loves of my life outside of the Art Institute.

The loves of my life outside of the Art Institute.

What I loved most about Chicago was its intimacy. I really don't think of Chicago has a huge City (I know, I know, I'm only comparing to NYC... soooo). There is a reason it's always at the top of the list of great American Cities. It is rich in history and context of the American dream. In addition to the Art Institute, we also visited the Puerto Rican Museam of Art and Culture, the Museam of Contemporary Photography and The Museam of Contemporary Art. While The Museam of Contemporary Art was quaint, it was packed with creativity and beauty. I think the same goes for the City of Chicago. 

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