St. John Cantius

Today’s the last day of the Christmas when we heard the gospel about when Christ was baptized before he began his public life. I went to St. John Cantius for mass (in Latin no less) so I could see some Christmas decorations before they’re put in storage for another 11 months.

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It’s another one of the 11 recommended Chicago churches to visit. I agree wholeheartedly. Visiting St. John Cantius is like taking a trip to Europe. The Baroque architecture is glorious. This mass had a professional level cantor and choir. The organ music was wonderful.

Participating in a Latin mass was like a trip back in time. They have missals with both Latin and English. The homily was meaningful and memorable. What more can you ask for?

St. Mary of the Lake

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Listed as one of the “Eleven Churches Not to Miss if  You Visit Chicago,” St. Mary of the Lakewas at the top of my list for what I hope will be a traditional journey to spectacular churches at Christmastime.

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Last year I visited Holy Trinity,  St. John Cantius and St. Hedwig.

The parish is diverse and the 10:30 an English mass I attended was meaningful with lovely Christmas music. They also offer masses in Spanish.

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The church was designed by Henry Schlacks, who also designed St. Paul’s  in Pilsen.

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Open House Chicago: The Wing

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Workspace

The Wing is a collaborative workspace for women in the hot newly spruced up Fulton Market area of Chicago. It was my first stop on my Open House Chicago journey.

Chicago’s The Wing offers memberships for $185 per month, which entitles members to use the creative, comfortable workspace, reserve meeting rooms, attend workshops and presentations that help women move their businesses forward.

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Library area with books geared to women

The tour guide said the thermostat is set for temperatures women favor and the furniture is scaled to average women’s height.

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Main workspace

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Café

Wright’s American System Homes

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Yesterday I went to Milwaukee where I toured two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System Built Homes. In the early 20th century, Wright wanted to design beautiful, affordable homes. He designed a number of components for houses and the idea was that the buyers could choose which parts they wanted in their house.  The house above is 800 square feet and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and small dining area.

A non-profit in Milwaukee bought this home and restored it. On this street there is a duplex by Wright and another Wright home, which is now a VRBO accommodation. There are pictures online and I’m not a fan of the white, modern kitchen. The house above has been completely restored and I could live there happily ever after, though I’d like a different stove.

When built, these homes were priced on par with comparable houses at $3,000 circa 1916.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Duplexes

On the tour we learned about how Wright partnered with Mr. Robinson, a builder. Wright left for Japan and allowed Robinson to start building. While Wright was away, Robinson changed which materials would be used in the homes, swapping Wright’s materials for cheaper ones. They weren’t shoddy, but weren’t up to Wright’s standards.

Down the street was a duplex that this non-profit has purchased. Now the first duplex is about to be restored. It’s bare bones now, but still interesting to see. I plan to go back in a few years when it’s finished.

There are more of these American System Built Homes throughout the Midwest. Our docent believes there are several that are covered up with siding and the owners may not know their significance.

Chicago’s River Walk

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Saturday a friend and I enjoyed the Chicago Architecture Center’s Riverwalk tour. Although the weather was supposed to be warm and sunny, we had a day with threatening skies and temperatures in the high 40s. It’s a tour you want to do on a fine day.

Our docent was knowledgeable and explained the history of the Riverwalk, which used to be a commercial and industrial area. Then the space just wasn’t used. Now several areas between the bridges have been developed into “rooms.” So one “room” houses eateries, while another has water gardens for educational purposes. Another “room” is for performances with the idea that a boat with a band or entertainers can dock and people can sit and watch.

The tour ran 40 minutes and was cut a bit short due to the weather. Just as it ended, the rains started to pour. While this tour isn’t as information rich, I did learn a few things and enjoyed the stroll.

Tickets: $26, which is pricey compared to their other tours since our tour didn’t cover much distance and was only 45 minutes long.

(Our tour was free because, I guess, it’s a new tour and the docents needed practice.)

 

Thursday Doors Challenge

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London

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time). 

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London

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Westminster Catholic Church

You can see more contributions to the doors challenge, by clicking here.

Which Way Challenge

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The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Sonofthebeach69 blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form. You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, you name it.

This week as it’s Triduum, I went with a religious theme.

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See more Which Way photos by clicking here.