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16 | Design School: Creating Memorable Events
24 | Business School: Management 101
14 | Back to School Essentials 22 | Cozy Autumn Evening 40 | Wright Style
IN EVERY IS SU E 3 | #LakeshoreLife 5 | Editorâ€™s Letter
LOC A L A DV E NT U RE S 8 | Field Trip: Madison, Wisconsin
6 | Contributors
32 | Culture Club: Exploring Hyde Park
7 | Fall Events
36 | Social Studies: Discover Oak Park
EDITOR’S LETTER September and October are my favorite months of the year. The temperatures cool and the daylight softens while gardens evolve with stunning color. The beach is at its most beautiful in the early fall. On those rare fall days that bring an unusual blend of dark skies and bright sunlight, Lake Michigan takes on a turquoise hue that seems almost unnatural. Fall is a time of renewal as well. For mothers of school-age children like me, back-to-school time is our New Year’s Day. It’s time to leave the lazy days of summer behind and resolve to be more organized and productive, tackle those longdelayed projects and commit to healthier habits. Farewell margaritas on the front porch. Hello yoga class. I was fortunate to become acquainted with Dani Bruflodt of Thyme is Honey who inspired me to become more organized and find time for exercise and community service. Her travels to all of the Great Lakes also inspire me to visit more of the beautiful lakeside communities of our region. If your seasonal to-do list includes a special celebration, may I introduce Casey Scherrer of VEIL Event Design. Creating beauty with flowers and innovative design elements is Casey’s talent, but providing opportunities for women to create their own future may be her true calling. It was wonderful to explore two historic Chicago neighborhoods that both play an important role in Chicago’s rich architectural and cultural history. Plus, Dani Bruflodt offers a late-summer itinerary for one of the region’s quintessential college towns. Thanks for reading this issue of Lakeshore Magazine and please be sure to visit online and on social media. You’ll find much more online at lakeshoremag.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. And, as always, I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions for Lakeshore Magazine. Happy Fall!
ALICIA K. O’CONNOR
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CONTRIBUTORS LINDSAY HUMES Art Director | White Oak Creative
DANIELLE BRUFLODT Contributor | Thyme Is Honey
CASEY SCHERRER Contributor | VEIL Event Designs, LLC
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TIFFANY LACZKOWSKI Social Media Manager | Lakeshore Magazine
FALL EVENTS CHICAGO
JAZZ FESTIVAL | SEPTEMBER 3RD - 6TH The Chicago Jazz Festival promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free performances in Millenium Park.
WINDY CITY WINE FESTIVAL | SEPTEMBER 11TH & 12TH Sample from more than 300 wines and enjoy seminars and cooking demonstrations by area chefs and restaurateurs.
ANDERSONVILLE CITY MADE FEST | SEPTEMBER 12TH & 13TH The festival exclusively features Chicago craft beers, Chicago music, Chicago food, and Chicago artisans in a weekendlong celebration of all things local.
HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL | SEPTEMBER 26TH & 27TH Presented on 14 stages across Hyde Park, this free festival showcases collaborationof institutions and local businesses to present over 30 bands in a variety of settings throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood.
OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO | OCTOBER 17TH & 18TH The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago all for free.
MI CHIGAN FANKENMUTH OKTOBERFEST | SEPTEMBER 17TH - 20TH | FRANKENMUTH In 1996 Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest was declared the first to operate with the blessing of the original Oktoberfest in Munich.
ARTPRIZE | SEPTEMBER 23RD - OCTOBER 11TH | GRAND RAPIDS Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan is an open playing field of art. See art from around the world all free and open to the public.
BLUE COAST ARTISTS FALL TOUR | OCTOBER 3RD & 4TH | SAUGATUCK This juried group of working artists invite visitors to a behind-the-scenes look into the studios and galleries for the purpose of promoting, creating and educating the public about art.
W IS CONSIN IRONMAN WISCONSIN | SEPTEMBER 13TH Cheer on more than 2,000 athletes as they swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles.
GENEVA LAKE ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW | SEPTEMBER 26TH & 27TH Held in the Abbey Resort’s harbor, the Antique and Classic Boat Society features classic and vintage boats from all over the US.
MILWAUKEE OCTOBERFEST | OCTOBER 8TH - 11TH Visit the Sprecher Traveling Beer Garden and enjoy food, German music, Keg Bowling, and wiener dog racing. 7
FIELD TRIP: MADISON, WISCONSIN DANIELLE BRUFLODT OF THYME IS HONEY
A colorful, lakeside community with all the culture and high-spirited fun one expects from a great college town, Madison, Wisconsin is a perfect place for a weekend visit. Danielle Bruflodt of Thyme is Honey was kind enough to offer her insider tips for a late summer weekend. 8
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UNIVERISTY OF WISCONSIN RICHARD HURD
When we moved to Madison we signed a 6-month lease, not sure how long we’d stay, but we instantly fell in love and now we’re coming up on our 4th year as Madisonians! We spend most of our weekends on our bikes and routinely ride 20-30 miles around the city visiting our favorite bars, restaurants and activities. We love to have guests join us for a bike ride or a walking tour highlighting Madison’s two biggest lakes. We have 3 lakes right downtown and it really feels like a city built on the water. This plan starts at Monona Terrance on Lake Mendota, includes a 1.3 mile walk down State Street and past some of Madison’s greatest bars and restaurants, and then it ends at the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union Terrance on Lake Mendota (see a walking map, here). It’s a great way to see the city!
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Start by driving downtown via John Nolen Drive (recently named one of the most beautiful commutes in America) which will take you along the shore of Lake Monona and right to Monona Terrace. Monona Terrace offers convenient parking, so park in their ramp and then take an elevator to their rooftop garden, which overlooks the lake with incredible views. There’s a little cafe up there that is open seasonally. Leave by taking the pedestrian walkway toward the capitol, where you’ll find a great photo op of the capitol on Martin Luther King Blvd. Our downtown is focused on the capitol square, so you’ll find a lot of bars, restaurants and museums around there as well as along all the streets that branch off of it. State Street is the most popular of these. It connects the Wisconsin State Capitol to the University of Wisconsin campus. The entire street is lined with bars, restaurants and shops. Walk from the capitol along State Street to the beautiful UW campus. End your trip by visiting UW’s Memorial Union Terrace for a beautiful view of 11
Lake Mendota. It’s open to the public and they serve a great selection of local beer as well as Babcock Hall Ice-cream. Memorial Union Terrace feels like the heart of Madison in the summer, so don’t miss it! Pro tips: plan this adventure so that you end at Memorial Union Terrace around sunset. You’ll have a front-row seat to the sailboats and beautiful sunset views. Madison also has a lot going on in the summer months and on various nights you’ll find these activities going on along this suggested route: Wednesday Nights: Concerts on the Square - we pack our best blankets, cheese, and wine and cover the lawn around the capitol to play card games and listen to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Friday Nights: Live On King Street - a big street party that takes place on most Fridays throughout the summer. Plan your trip around your favorite act! There’s also Rooftop Cinema on various Friday nights at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Saturdays: The Dane County Farmers’ Market - this is worth planning a trip around! Our farmers’ market is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the United States and features more than 300 vendors situated around the capitol square. Grab a coffee, a scone and walk the entire market. Pick up Stella’s Spicy Cheese Bread and some locally made sausage so that you have a snack later in the day! Sunday evenings: bring your lawn chair and take in a free Mad-City Ski Team show at Law Park on Lake Monona. Both Monona Terrace and the Memorial Union Terrace have various events and live music happening throughout the summer. Check for Monona Terrace Events or Memorial Union Terrace Events. Other favorite things in the area are a Betty Lou Cruise on the lake, an afternoon spent at one of our local beaches, or trying the city’s best cheese curds. My top choices are Gates and Brovi or The Old Fashioned. For the best cocktails in the city head to Merchant. If you’re looking for adventures try canoe camping on the Wisconsin River! It’s lined with beaches and sandbars and there’s no better way to spend a Wisconsin Summer! Madison is also a 45-minute drive from Devils Lake, a beautiful state park that offers swimming, hiking, and some of the best rock climbing in the Midwest. If you’re a little less outdoorsy you could spend a day in Wisconsin Dells, the waterpark capital of the world. 12
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DESIGN SCHOOL: LESSONS IN CREATING MEMORABLE EVENTS CASEY SCHERRER OF VEIL EVENT DESIGNS In a shabby-chic studio space on Chicagoâ€™s north side, beautiful events are born. We sat down with Casey Scherrer of VEIL Event Design to learn about the creative process and her goal of building a business to empower and inspire women to pursue their dreams. 16
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Your Business, Veil Event Design, sounds amazing! Please who are passionate about the beauty flowers bring into our tell us about your services and what clients cna expect when lives. Designing floral concepts that express the personalities they work with you! of our clients and evoke heartfelt emotions on their wedding day is what brings us joy. Beautiful florals, creative and conceptual planning in color palette and linen selection, piping, draping, and creative installations, unique decor concepts, and light and furniture You started your career going in another direction. What sourcing are just a few examples of the services we provide is your background, and what inspired you to start this at VEIL Event Design, LLC. The planning process for any business? wedding or event should be just as memorable as the special day itself. Our goal is to make planning experience enjoyable I've known for a long time that I'd be an entrepreneur in a from start to finish. I work with a team of talented designers creative field. I started out as a Montessori teacher where I 18
CASEY’S ADVICE FOR A MEMORABLE WEDDING OR SPECIAL EVENT There is so much to think about when executing your vision for a perfect event. Here are a few things to keep in mind from the start. PRIORITIZE, PLAN, AND BUDGET Flowers are often one of the last details clients think about when planning a wedding, and unfortunately, often late in the planning process when budgets are beginning to strain. A good florist will do a beautiful job even with a small budget, but as with anything else, you get what you pay for. Understanding the cost of executing your vision from the start of the planning process will help tremendously. Florals, lighting, and decor have a huge impact and if you want those details done well it must be budgeted properly from the start.
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was free to release my "right brain" into creative freedom. Much of the Montessori philosophy incorporates the exploration of the things that you find the most interesting. One year my class seemed interested in flowers as spring arrived so I brought freesia into my classroom and prepared the Montessori botany unit. I distinctly remember feeling overwhelmed with happiness the moment I cut the stems and placed them into the most precious, pastel-colored vase that complemented the bright yellow blooms. It was so symmetrical, and everything about it was just perfect. That was the exact moment I knew I had to learn more. I attended floral design school to learn about flowers, technique and styling, and almost immediately began designing wedding flowers over the summer and on weekends. The timing was just right with where I was in my life. It felt so good that I made the decision to invest my all into it, and I haven't looked back.
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER It breaks my heart when I see brides, grooms and families stressed out on their wedding day because they tried to handle too much themselves. Pinterest is a great place to find do-ityourself ideas, but many of them are actually created by professionals and are more difficult than you’re led to believe. I always encourage clients to use the rehearsal dinner or bridal party for showcasing their own vases and decor, DIY projects or personal touches. For the wedding hire a designer with the skills, experience and trusted resources to ensure the overall design concept is perfectly executed. Having a professional handle all of the planning, coordinating, and execution so that you can actually experience your wedding or event and remember it as one of the most enjoyable days of your life is worth every penny. REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING Your wedding day is and should be one of the most memorable days of your lives. The wedding should reflect the two people getting married, and should speak to the things that are relevant to their decision to be together forever. Also, if you can avoid it, never plan a wedding to please other people. Do what’s right for you and your spouseto-be with every decision. Embarking on a new journey together as a married couple is what a wedding is all about.
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In addition to creating special events, you share your knowledge and experience by teaching a series of classes in floral design. How can we enroll?
I fell in love with entrepreneurship, mostly because it empowered me to pursue my dreams and gave me a reason to believe in myself. During my final year of teaching when I was working between 80 to 90 hours per week balancing the VEIL offers unique classes over the fall and winter classroom and a new business, two friends of for anyone who loves flowers and crafting. Our mine, Dana Cook and Sarah Moshman, went on classes combine do-it-yourself projects with tour with their Emmy Award winning documentary flower arranging and wine. It's the epitome of all The Empowerment Project. Feeling personally connected to the message of the film, I decided to things that make me smile and feed my soul. host a screening in Evanston and promoted it to Some classes include seasonal craft projects such women from the area. The film asks, "What would as Jack-o-Planters, Fall Harvest Centerpieces, you do if you weren't afraid to fail?" and features and Fine Wine and Winter Floral. Others classes women around the country pursuing the careers are more general but equally fun such as Roses of their dreams. I was inspired to do more with and Rosé, Happy Hydrangea, and Flower Petal my business and use it as a platform to empower Art. We also host private events for girls night out, other women. creative craft nights, birthdays, and team building My own journey of self-value, empowerment, parties. Along with the beautiful seasonal flowers, inspiration and love is where the name VEIL comes from. I think women, the classes incorporate fun now more than ever, are and popular decor elements learning that their dreams such as mason jars, birch are attainable. I was blessed bark, chalk boards, and with parents who showed picture frames depending “I distinctly remember feeling me and my brother endless on each project. All of the overwhelmed with happiness the love and support. That sort materials and flowers are moment I cut the stems and placed of guidance is where my provided and an instructor them into the most precious, pastelleads the class in step-bycolored vase that complemented the passion, work ethic and drive stem from. step instructions for every bright yellow blooms.” project. Just like flowers, My program will provide no two creative minds are training in floral and event the same so our classes design, mentoring in a safe encourage people to and empowering space, and help women in need venture into creative freedom! develop professional skills such as budgeting, Once a week we offer instructional classes in the resume writing and interviewing. With appropriate art of floral design at our beautiful studio. Courses training, women from the VEIL program will work run for 8 weeks and cover the most important in teams to provide consulting, design guidance, techniques, styles and terminology in the floral and complete beginning to end planning, industry as well as basic arranging techniques, production, and execution of beautiful designs pavés, bouquets and personals, modern designs for some of my clients. As a former teacher, I feel and more. Students gain new knowledge and the need to provide a safe learning space for women who might have difficulty finding their leave with a finished product from each class. voice in the professional world and teach various job skills that will guide them toward their own Enroll at VEIL EVENT DESIGN! professional success. If every woman in the VEIL You have an inspirational mission for this business program leaves with the belief in herself that she that goes beyond what we might see on the can reach her fullest potential, I’ll go home every surface. What is your plan to create opportunities day completely satisfied with my own work. for women, and what motivates you in this goal? 21
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BUSINESS SCHOOL: MANAGEMENT 101 DANIELLE BRUFLODT OF THYME IS HONEY
Danielle Bruflodt is a powerhouse, managing multiple businesses, creative pursuits, volunteer commitments and an enviable vacation schedule all with style and flair. How does she do it? Dani was kind enough to share her secrets for highly productive and fulfilling entrepreneurship.
You are a social media specialist and content creator as well as a successful online retailer. Tell us about your background and the path that brought you to this profession. I was a history major and wanted to be a museum curator but during grad school I realized that museum work wasnâ€™t quite the right fit, even though I loved writing, designing, research and creating beautiful collections. I left graduate school for a job with a publishing company and also launched my blog, which I worked on at night and on weekends. A few months later I got the opportunity to serve as a wedding blogger for Minneapolis-St.Paul Magazine. Working at a publishing company and blogging for a major local magazine right when social media was coming of age really worked in my favor. I started managing 25
social media for various clients in Minneapolis, and when my husband and I relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, for his job, I was able to work remotely for the publishing company and take social media clients on the side. Now I work with 7 social media clients on a day-to-day basis, take consulting gigs as my schedule allows and run my blog and Etsy shop. It’s a real job! Your website, ThymeIsHoney.com, is a fun mix of inspiration, practical advice, style, and even recipes. What would you describe as your niche? Thyme is Honey started out as a place for me to showcase my hobbies when I was working a regular 8-5 job, but as my business evolved my blog has evolved along with it. Now the blog serves as a portfolio for my clients. I showcase everything from outfits, recipes and motivational quotes, to well-researched posts on a focused topic. I also try to display various skills: photography, graphic design, writing, watercolor painting, video etc., so that my clients can see the different ways I can support their brand.
Thyme is Honey had more than 1.1 Million pageviews last year. What advice can you offer aspiring bloggers? Be passionate about it. In the beginning you’ll need a reason to write besides exposure, money or an audience---because you’ll likely lack all of those. You must write well, of course, but to be successful you’ll also benefit from knowing photography, graphic design, photo editing, google analytics, SEO, and so much more. As a blogger you can never stop learning. YouTube is your best friend----you can find a tutorial for anything there. It’s Back-to-School time and many of us have plans to be more organized and productive at this time of the year. We have a wide range of gadgets and apps to schedule our day, but there is something so satisfying about making a good, oldfashion list on paper and crossing off tasks. You created a line of daily planning tools that are practical and easy to use. How did you come up with those? I designed my notepads for myself in 2010. I was busy working full-time, blogging for myself and for MSP-Mag while trying to plan and get fit for a wedding. The act of juggling different roles while focusing on my health prompted the original design of my Daily Page. I lost 26 pounds during that time and educated myself about health and nutrition. After having success with it personally I shared a printable file of it on my blog for free. Readers loved it and I was ecstatic that I was helping people. Soon people started asking me to make a notepad version that they could purchase. I saved for 6 months to produce 250 notepads. I took pre-orders online and they sold out almost instantly. That was the beginning of my Etsy Shop!
How do you use those tools to organize your day? Rule number one is that you HAVE to set aside time to fill out the page. If you don’t, it won’t work for you. I suggest that you take time at the end of your day, or before bed, and start filling out tomorrow’s page. Think about your goals. What will you eat? What events do you have? When will you have free time to go to 26
the gym, yoga class, or just a quick walk between meetings? Filling it out at night gives me clarity and helps me sleep. If you commit to doing this every day for 2-3 weeks you’ll find that your productivity increases and your stress decreases. You start to use your time more wisely. You appreciate your free time and squeeze in 10 minutes of reading or a walk with the dog. Most importantly, you get to the end of a day and you can look back at the things you accomplished and feel fulfilled. And similarly, when you have an off day you can look back and think about where your day was derailed and what you could have done to make it more productive. I believe that there’s a strong connection between what we write, what we read, and what we actually accomplish. There are a lot of apps out there. I’ve tried most of them. And I’ve received hundreds of requests to create an app from my design. But for me nothing will ever be better than a fresh notepad and a brightly colored pen.
“Rule number one is that you HAVE to set aside time to fill out the page.”
You’ve also expanded some of your product offerings. What else is available in your online shop? I recently introduced the Today is Mine Notepad. It’s smaller (5.5 x 8 inches) but twice as thick as my Daily Page Notepad. I also added a Pencil Set that is embossed with funny sayings about being organized. Last but not least are my Snarky Snail Mail Cards---they’re just a fun little project featuring sayings that entertain me, but they actually sell well. Along with my Etsy Shop you can also find my graphic design work on Society 6, where I offer everything from phone cases and prints to throw pillows and tote bags. Besides your business ventures, you also enjoy volunteering. Can you tell us about your involvement with Fetch Wisconsin Rescue and other ways you like to donate your time? I love volunteering and for me it’s really important to give back. Fetch Wisconsin Rescue is a dog rescue based in Madison, Wisconsin. We work to keep dogs out of shelters and provide them with temporary foster homes until they’re adopted. I wrote a post about my experience with Fetch and different ways you can get involved. I started out volunteering as a home interview volunteer, 29
but within two months my husband and I were signed up to foster a puppy. It was one of those amazing, life-changing experiences and I think we both became better people through fostering. That experience pushed me to become more involved with Fetch, so I now help manage their website and Facebook page as well as help plan monthly social events for volunteers.
take the ferry to Washington Island. Ride your bike towards Old School Beach, but make a stop at Nelsen’s Hall and take a shot of bitters.
2nd Anniversary, Lake Huron: Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Mackinac Island. Highlights: Big Spring (Kitch-iti-kipi) in the UP of Michigan, a spring-fed pond where you can see clearly to the bottom (about 40 feet deep) and view gigantic “I believe that there’s a strong connection between trout swimming on the bottom of the crystal-clear pool. No what we write, what we read, and what we actually cars are allowed on Mackinac Island so it’s a bicycle haven. accomplish.” Bike the path all the way around the island and then indulge in fudge. Don’t miss a drink on the patio at the Pink Pony at Your adorable Jack Russell Terrier, Walter, is a media darling sunset. in his own right. Tell us about him. 3rd Anniversary, Lake Erie: Sandusky and South Bass Island, Walter will be 4 in October and is definitely our baby. He’s Ohio. En route to South Bass Island we visited Indiana Dunes a wire-haired Jack Russell Terrier, but as a puppy I had his State Park, the Notre Dame campus, and spent an afternoon coat regularly trimmed so that it became soft and fluffy. He’s a at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky. Then we took photogenic little ham and he loves attention! the ferry to South Bass Island, called the Key West of the Midwest. The island is known for swim-up bars and it was a Although I make him do a lot of ridiculous things ( just check pretty constant party. It was a lot of fun, but the highlight of his hashtag) he also gets to travel, canoe, camp, hike, rock the trip for us was kayaking to various hidden beaches and climb and spend all of his days lounging about our house, islands. yard or deck while I work from home. I’d say he’s got it pretty good, despite the occasional costume or photoshoot! Walter 4th Anniversary, Lake Ontario: Toronto and Prince Edward has definitely become part of the Thyme is Honey brand. I County, Canada. This year we went international, roadthink some of my most liked instagram posts of all time are tripping through Canada. We biked in Toronto and found amazing views of the city. Prince Edward County is on the still of him. north shore of Lake Ontario. It’s small (around 10 miles from coast to coast) but has more than 40 wineries. It’s also home You and your husband, Josh, visited all five Great Lakes in to North America’s largest freshwater sand dunes. Definitely the past five years. Why was this important to you, and what spend a day at Sandbanks Park! Have dinner at Lake on the are some of your favorite places to visit in the Great Lakes Mountain and see a concert at The Hayloft Dance Hall. Region? For our 5th anniversary we’re hoping to go back to Lake Josh and I got married at Superior Shores Resort in Two Superior and bring the trip full circle! Harbors, Minnesota along the north shore of Lake Superior in 2011. They have a beautiful pebble beach and amazing photo To Wrap It Up, What’s next for Thyme is Honey? opportunities. Because we got married on a Great Lake, we decided to try one each year for our anniversary so that we’d I take things one day at a time. Currently I have one employee visit all 5 by our 4 year anniversary. Here’s a quick run-down and an intern, and our little team works really well together. Sometimes it feels like success means an office and a larger of our trips: team---but it also feels like that would be going backwards. 1st Anniversary, Lake Michigan: Door County and Washington I’ve worked hard to be able to work for myself and have the Island. Highlights: biking along the north shore of the Door freedom to work when and where I want. I really like the way County Penninsula and visiting various breweries and things are but I’m excited to see how our client base and wineries. Spend an afternoon at Hands On Art Studio and product offerings expand in the future.
CULTURE CLUB HYDE PARK, CHICAGO
The Hyde Park neighborhood gained word-wide notoriety as the location of the Worldâ€™s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and The University of Chicago, founded here in 1890, established Hyde Park as a bastion of culture and intellect. The treelined streets, beautiful architecture and numerous museums and historical sites make this south side neighborhood worth exploring.
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L EA R N THE SMART MUSEUM The fine arts museum of the University of Chicago is open to the public free of charge. FREE! New installations are on display beginning on September 12th. THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere occupying a building originally built for the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI Chicago is an intellectual feast for your brain. Don’t miss the World War II German submarine, coal mine and the fascinating Smart Home. Special exhibits change regularly along with current Omnimax films. THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO Aficionados of near east history and culture will be amazed. You’ve never been this close to ancient Egyptian artifacts. Admission is free, but a nominal donation is suggested.
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EX P LO R E THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CAMPUS Sometimes referred to as a “Nobel Factory”, the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus proves that intelligence and beauty combine perfectly. As you stroll through the central quad be sure to visit the Cobb Gate on 57th Street and the lovely Botany Pond where turtles bask among the water lilies. Stop in to admire the awe-inspiring interiors the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Hutchinson Commons. Download a campus map HERE. THE OSAKA GARDEN Though currently closed for renovation, this authentic Japanese garden was originally created for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S ROBIE HOUSE The Robie House is considered a Prairie style masterpiece and American treasure. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust offers guided interior tours daily. Advance tickets are recommended.
RE FU E L MEDICI ON 57TH This casual, funky restaurant and adjacent coffee house is known for excellent pizza, hamburgers, salads and desserts. It’s worth a visit for the eclectic interior alone. THE PROMONTORY Upscale American fare, craft cocktails and live music have quickly made this “hearth to table” venue a neighborhood favorite. 35
Social Studies: DisCover Oak Park
Just west of downtown Chicago, the Village of Oak Park is alive with architectural and literary history. The quaint town offers plenty for art and history buffs to absorb along with many unique shops and galleries. Begin at the Visit Oak Park office on Lake Street for free shopping and dining information and to purchase a self-guided walking tour map of the area’s historic homes.
LEARN FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO In this modest family home Frank Lloyd Wright experimented with design concepts and developed his unique and influential architectural style. In the beautifully-appointed adjacent studio, Wright and his employees created plans for many of the enduring treasures of American architecture. Guided tours are of the home and studio are conducted daily. Reservations are recommended. Oak Park could be called Frank Lloyd Wright life-sized classroom with the largest collection of Wright-designed buildings anywhere in the US. Explore the Historic District surrounding the Home and Studio at your own pace on a selfguided audio tour available at the Home and Studio gift shop.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY BIRTHPLACE AND MUSEUM Hemingway was born in 1899 in a stately Queen Anne house built by his maternal grandparents. Here he spent his first six years, forming the very foundation of his childhood experience. The recently-restored home is open for public tours and the nearby Hemingway Museum offers further insight into the full life of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author.
GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY Though not technically in Oak Park, the Garfield Park Conservatory is so close it’s an easy addition to an Oak Park itinerary. Featuring six greenhouses and two exhibition halls, the conservatory and grounds offer a broad horticultural education in one place. Special exhibits change seasonally. The conservatory is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.
REFUEL LAKE STREET KITCHEN & BAR A wood stone oven is the centerpiece of this cozy Oak Park fixture. Customers may select bar seating, friendly community tables, or cozier private tables. Salads, sandwiches and flatbreads are all delicious and the service is knowledgeable and friendly.
SUGAR FIXE PATISSERIE Enjoy heavenly European-style pastries in this charming neighborhood shop. Locals know that Oak Park’s best croissants can be found here along with beautifully designed cakes, tarts and cupcakes. Worth every calorie.
SHOP SUGAR CUP TRADING New and mint-condition recycled children’s clothing, accessories and toys fill the shelves of this fun, colorful shop. The proprietors carefully curate the brands offered to ensure that high-quality, on-trend selections are always available. YEARBOOK STUDIOS Have you ever found a shop that makes you feel like you just stepped into one of your own Pinterest boards? Like this one, or this one? Maybe even this one. Vintage academic and industrial finds, warm interior accessories, and privatelabel products make it well-worth a short walk from the heart of Oak Park to nearby Madison Street for a visit.
STYLE Arts and Crafts style home accessories reflect the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries.
CAST C O N C R E T E B O O KE N D CHARISH
FRA N K L LOY D W RI GHT’ S CHICAG O AMAZON
FA LLI N G WAT E R PR I N T O N E KI N G S LA N E
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