Open House Chicago: Park Castle


Located beside Indian Boundary Park, Park Castle apartments were built in the late 1920s as an elegant housing option. At the time the complex even had a moat with swans swimming in it.


For Open House Chicago we couldn’t enter the apartments, but each locked door had a poster with photos of some of the interiors.


Visitors were allowed inside of the pool, which is shamed like Italy. The wall have mosaic trees and overhead is a canvas tent-like covering.


When these were built in the 1920s they were the height of luxury. The plan was to build a Park Chateau and other elegant apartments, but the Great Depression hit and those plans were scrapped.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Textures


Textiles with texture

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos highlighting textures. What photos will you share?


British Museum





I know we’re not supposed to touch food, but there’s plenty of texture here

Click here to see more photos with textures.


Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If I were having coffee with you this weekend, I’d once again rave about the weather we’re having. I was especially lucky to have sunshine and pleasant fall temperatures this past weekend when I had a lot of outdoor activities.

On Friday a friend and I went back to the Chicago Botanical Garden’s super Night of 1,000 Jack o’Lanterns. Themes this year included plants that had animals in their name, classic Halloween characters, spooky stories, and .


On Saturday I went to Open House Chicago, a weekend when over 250 sites open their doors to the public. Many are free for the weekend or are usually closed to the public, like Big Monster Toys, a whimsical office space for a toy company or The Wing, a co-workspace for women.


Big Monster Toys

On Sunday I explored some more Open House Chicago sites, before I went to volunteer for the event. I signed up to work at Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel, which has amazing abstract stained glass windows.


Alice Millar Chapel

In addition to these amazing windows, which some said reminded them of Chagall’s work, the chapel has an organ with 5000 pipes. Anyone can hear the organ on Sundays at the 11 am non-denominational service. The chapel itself is open every day from 9 am to 10 pm. Check it out at 1870 Sheridan Road in Evanston, IL .

I’ll post more throughout the week of all my explorations.

As for classic films, I rewatched the 1996 Alfie starring Michael Caine. I wasn’t sure I’d like it but even though we’re in a very different era, Alfie intrigued me.