Day 1: March 25, 2014
(as usual, the journey starts from the bottom to the top). My drive up to Chicago was on a cold and very windy day with highs in the 20s. I drove through pockets of blizzards but none of the snow stuck. The earth was barren, with patches of browns and gray. I arrived in the city in the early afternoon, the skies cleared, and drove to my friend’s house. I spent some time with his husband and his 2 sons. The boys are now over a year old and were playing with large legos and colorful toys. Then I went to Boy’s Town and met another friend for supper at Bountiful Eatery, a completely GF cafe. I ate out in a restaurant for the first time in 7 months. I had a bison burger. Then Roy took me to a bookstore that specialized in LGBTQ subjects and erotica. We then went our separate ways and I went to a vintage clothing store near the Red El stop at Belmont. It was fun but too expensive. Went back to the house and helped give the boys a bath.
Day 2: March 26, 2014
It was slightly warmer today with a high of 37 F. I took the El to Wrigleyville and discovered a great 100% GF cafe called Cassava, which specialized in empanadas. Had several kinds, including a chocolate filled one. Then I went to the Newberry Library. I stepped in but unfortunately, I could go no further than the lobby so I was rather disappointed. It was a stately gray and granite building. Afterwards, I walked into the Old Water Tower and saw a most inspiring and incredible bunch of drawings by Julie Murphy called “Escape into Absurdity.” There were many fantasy and made up creatures with very ornate scenes and details. A bit like Henry Darger meets Yellow Submarine.
I then went on to the Dreihaus The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. This was an incredible find. A huge, luxurious and opulent mansion filled to the brim with art noveau, tiffany stained glass, lamps, arts and crafts furniture, etc. Each room was an absolute masterpiece with stunning chandeliers, lamps, fireplaces, paintings and and Old World atmosphere.
After the Driehaus, I went to Loopy Yarns to get some roving for spinning and then walked around Andersonville and visited one of my favorite thrift stores; Village Discount Outlet. As usual, it was filled with some rather unsavory characters, but the merchandise was huge and I found some new sweaters to unravel. The top lines of knitting are from unravelled sweaters that I bought at this place.
Day 3: March 27, 2014
The warmest day on my trip and rainy. I first got my windshield wipers replaced at a orange store called Best Auto. It really improved my car, since my others were destroyed by this harsh winter. I then drove up to Evanston and did a small grocery shopping at Trader Joes. I bought some flowers for myself and a friend. Then I visited that friend’s new place in Uptown. We went to a nearby completely GF bakery called Cookie Bar on Wilson Ave. We bought a huge slice of vanilla cake with pink frosting and sprinkles and devoured it, plus a doughnut and some cookies.
At this point, it was getting late and I had to head home. I got on to I 90-94 east and the traffic was pretty horrible. I slowly crept closer to the vast sea of skyscrapers and then passed through into more urban wasteland. It was drizzling, but not raining hard. The rest of the drive was through overcast skies, barren ground, dead cornfields and trees and furious wind. Spring had barely started.