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Highlights of Open House Chicago 2015

After discovering Open House Chicago for the first time in 2014 and going into it completely ill-prepared, I approached this year’s event with a bit more planning. One of several similar events that take place around the world, Open House Chicago is a two-day architectural extravaganza that opens up 200 buildings throughout Chicago (and Evanston!) …

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I’m Learning French!

Parlez vous Francais? I hope that in the very near future, I will be able to answer this question with a resounding “Oui!” The idea of learning French first popped into my head while I was on my career break. As much as it was great to be able to speak Russian to converse with …

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Downtown Chicago in Photos

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to play tourist here in Chicago a bit. I took a photo tour with photographer Ralph Velasco that spanned several hours on a Friday evening and again early on Sunday morning (he also did two Saturday sessions in which I did not participate). While I conceivably could head to …

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A Hidden Gem at Navy Pier

The Field Museum. The Art Institute. The Museum of Science and Industry. These are just a few of the museums that most visitors have on their to-do lists when they visit Chicago. But the Windy City has dozens – yes, dozens – of other museums that may be worth checking out depending on your interests. …

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