In Lieu of CFFC


Cee’s still under the weather so today there’s no Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Nonetheless, I like sharing photos on Tuesdays so here’s a Monet painting seen at the Art Institute of Chicago. 


Black & White


Cee’s under the weather so her usual Thursday challenge is off today. Nonetheless, I thought I’d share this black and white photo of a sculpture.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: From the Side


Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos that show the view from the side. It’s open to personal interpretation so I expect a lot of variety. For more black and white photos from this week click here.




Pilsen Murals Walking Tour


Yesterday my friend Maryann and I enjoyed a walking tour around the Pilsen neighborhood, which is full of colorful murals. The Chicago History Museum organized the tour. The guide was knowledgeable and able to handle some trouble makers like the guy, who when the guide was briefly giving his bio blurted out “who cares?” (Luckily he didn’t continue to be so obnoxious.)


We learned about the neighborhood, which was first settled by Bohemians and other Eastern Europeans. We learned the difference between graffiti (by artists and by gang members) and murals. We learned about the history and imagery of many murals in the neighborhood. The tour was 90 minutes but if it was twice as long we wouldn’t have seen everything.

The tour will be offered, rain or shine, again on May 11th by the Chicago History Museum. I bet they’ll have one a month while the weather’s good.

Tickets: $20

National Museum of Mexican Art


Our Lady of Guadalupe drivin’ along

I spent the day in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago with my friend Maryann. Before our walking tour of Pilsen’s famed murals, we had time to explore the National Museum of Mexican Art, which has a good collection from many eras.

I like the size of the museum. It’s got a well curated collection and doesn’t take all day to view. You’ll still have time to explore the neighborhood’s many significant murals.

The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 19th Street, Chicago

Admission: Free

Hours: 10 am – 5 pm

Street parking

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny


Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos highlighting shine. What delightful, shiny photos will you share?
If you want to see more fun, shiny fotos, click here.