Musings of a Museum Fanatic: March 2017

3.31.2017

Louie & Bethany's 10th Anniversary!

I'm so excited to share this post today! This week I spent some time creating a video to celebrate Lou & Bethany's 10th anniversary. It's a look back at their wedding 10 years ago today! Crazy to think that was 10 years ago ...




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3.29.2017

Best Museum Hashtags


Instagram is not only my favorite social media platform but it's probably the most popular platform at the moment. Lately I've been trying to work on my hashtag game, which means when it comes to my museum posts I need some great museum hashtags.

So I've taken some time to compile what I think are the best hashtags to use when you hit up museums. Although I will say that there were not as many as I hoped. Even with these really good general hashtags always check to see if the institutions that you're visiting have their own specific hashtag. It's a great way to support institutions big and small by hashtagging and tagging them in your photos and posts.

MUSEUMS
#museumfanatic
#itweetmuseums
#museumselfie
#museum
#museums
#museumlife
#ilovemuseums
#instamuseum
#museumhack

#HowDoYouMuseum


ART
#artwork
#fineart
#itisartime
#contemporaryart
#instaart
#artmuseum
#arthistory
#artgallery
#instaart


HISTORY
#history
#historic
#historymuseum


NATURAL HISTORY
#naturalhistory

#FossilFriday

#nature
#naturalhistorymuseum

#NaturalWorld





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3.22.2017

Brunch at Davanti Enoteca

This past weekend I got the opportunity to join in for one of the Windy City Blogger Collective events, a fabulous brunch at Davanti Enoteca. I was really excited to actually have a chance to meet and talk to more local bloggers in a more relax setting than the Christmas party. Davanti Enoteca is an Italian restaurant in River North, as well as Little Italy and Western Springs.  




What I love most about Davanti was that it's not just any old Italian restaurant. They hand make their pasta right there in front of you! I adore handmade pasta, it's just insanely better. I enjoyed watching Jose make the pasta. He was a pasta making ninja it was pretty sweet. He was also joined by a gentleman working the homemade pizza crust.












I loved the decor. As one expected there was definitely the rustic Italian feel to it but I loved the retro movie feel. There were vintage movie posters all over in Italian. With all of the darker wood it had a warm, welcoming feel to it. 




Now on to the most important part ... the food!! Above is the Focaccia de Recco. It was insanely delicious. The crust was melt in you mouth with soft cheese in the middle. I was a little hesitant about the honey but with the savory, slightly salty and the sweet honey it was just perfect. Kinda wish we didn't have to share it. Not even kidding I probably could have eaten the entire thing by myself.





We all agreed at our table that the meatballs were top notch. You really can't go wrong when it includes prosciutto. The table ended up sharing some of the dishes they ordered. As we all know I love it when I get a little bit of everything so I was a happy little clam. The cauliflower steak was interesting. Never had one before, for me the olive was a bit much but the steak and white sauce was really good.




Maybe the best part, besides the focaccia, was at the end when we were joking about pillaging the Glazed and Infused that was connected when lo and behold our server shows up with a bag full of bags with doughnuts!! It was awesome. With the mixed bag going on I ended up with the chocolate dipped. I was a good girl and saved it for breakfast the next day. Now I need to go back to try their other flavors.



It was so much fun getting to enjoy wonderful food and company. I would definitely recommend Davanti Enoteca if you're looking for a great brunch place in River North. You need that foccacia in your life.

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3.20.2017

Gold Coast Mansions

When people think of Chicago architecture they usually only think of our skyscrapers or Frank Lloyd Wright. Yes those are huge parts of our architecture but today we're going to the Gold Coast! Just a little north of the Loop this neighborhood packs a big punch.

In 1882 Potter Palmer (big deal Chicago millionaire) moved from the south Loop Prairie District neighborhood to the north side. He built a ridiculous mansion ... seriously google Potter Palmer Mansion it's beyond ridiculous you won't be disappointed. The wealthy quickly followed him to the north side and the Gold Coast soon became one of the richest neighborhoods in the county.




The above is the Charnley Persky House (1365 N Astor St). It was designed by Louis Sullivan who assisted by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1892. James Charnley was a lumberman, after living in the house for about a decade it changed hands several times until Seymour Persky purchased it to donate to the Society of Architectural Historians in 1995. 







Located at 1555 North State Parkway you'll find the Archbishop's Residence. The first archbishop of Chicago, Most Rev. Patrick Feehan had the mansion built in 1885. Several popes have stayed at the residence prior to becoming the pontiff, Pope John Paul II stayed while visiting Chicago in 1979. Every single archbishop has stayed at the residence until the current archbishop,  Blase Cupich









At 1340 N. State Parkway (above and below photos) you'll find a lovely red brick building. It's current state as luxury (if you can call $2.7 million for a condo luxury!) condos doesn't show any of it's crazy past. This house while built for a prominent surgeon in 1899 it was in 1959 that a young Hugh Hefner who had just started Playboy six years earlier. 







Whenever I get close to the Gold Coast it's usually just to rush through to get to the Chicago History Museum. Getting a chance to stroll and enjoy the gorgeous 60 degree February day I saw such amazing details in the neighborhood. I've never seen a gas lamp like the one above before in the city. There was just one of them too. I'm sure there is a story behind it but I haven't been able to track it down yet!












I can't wait until it gets warmer so I can explore more of this gorgeous neighborhood again!

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