I first went to Chicago many years ago as a senior in high school with my Art History class. In some ways, that trip—and that class as a whole—helped set the course my life would take. I fell in love with art thanks to an inspiring teacher who made every moment, from ancient sculpture all the way up to contemporary painting, seem exciting. I would go on to major in Art History in college and earn my Master’s degree in the field after deciding there was no other subject I could bear to study.
During that school trip, we were only in Chicago for a weekend, but that one weekend was packed. We visited the Art Institute of Chicago where I saw Seurat’s famous scene at the park. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, I gained even more appreciation for Cindy Sherman, and during the architectural walking tour I marveled that such beautiful examples of American design were located in the Midwest.
I fell in love with Chicago, art, and travel that weekend.
Little did I know that my future husband would appreciate Chicago too. As a former resident and diehard Cubs fan, he is the one who truly introduced me to the city. Sure, I’d been there before on the high school trip, but it wasn’t until I went with my husband that I attended a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, had a beer at a locally owned bar in Wrigleyville, and became familiar with the El. I remember my first game at historic Wrigley, watching the numbers change on the vintage scoreboard. It is a unique place and a shrine to baseball.
Years have passed and my love for Chicago is still strong, so it was a thrill to see one of our favorite bands, Pearl Jam, play at the historic ballpark recently. The show was outstanding. Eddie Vedder sounded (and looked) amazing. Sure, we had to endure a three hour rain delay, but now that I look back at that night, the delay seems insignificant compared to the music.
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