Sculpture Saturday

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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Every week, the blogger at Mind over Memory hosts a sculpture photo challenge. It’s quite free-form allowing bloggers to post photos of any sort of sculpture they like.

I used to go to the Shedd Aquarium once a summer for its Jazzin’ at the Shedd. With CCP Virus I doubt I’ll go this year. It’s a shame because this evening event was so much fun. Held on Wednesday evenings, it was a perfect place to see the mid-week fireworks display. Alas, that too has been canceled. I hope next year it’s open.

If you want to join the fun create a post featuring a piece of sculpture and link it here.

Travel Theme: Minimalist

At the Shedd Aquarium

At the Shedd Aquarium

Each week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? challenges bloggers with a creative prompt. Last  week we were suppose to post photos inspired by “Minimalist.”

What minimalistic images have you shot? If you want to join the fun, follow these steps:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Minimalist.
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Check out Where’s My Backpack for more photos interpreting “Minimalist.”

Travel Theme: Bountiful

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Each week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack offers photo bloggers a challenge. This week’s Travel Theme is: Bountiful. As I thought about it I realized that not only do fields and orchards offer bounty, but the sea does as well. Now these were taken at the Shedd Aquarium, but you get the idea.

What do bounty do you see? If you want to join the fun, follow these steps:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Inviting
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

Check out Where’s My Backpack for more bountiful photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

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Jazzin’ at the Shedd

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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Since it’s so expensive (usually $36 for adults) I haven’t been to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in years. Probably 35 years. But a friend enticed me to try the Wednesday night “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” experience, which is just $18.

In the summer the Shedd Aquarium is open evenings from 5 – 10pm and visitors can listen to jazz while exploring the intriguing sea creatures that call the Shedd home. Food stations and bars are located throughout the museum so visitors can enjoy dinner or cocktails. We ate outside by the lake on the terrace where the view was stunning.

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You can touch the starfish, which are simultaneously spiky and slimy. After sundown (8:30 or so) you can see the fireworks from Navy Pier.

I thought the food was mediocre. There were several choices of Cajun fare: chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, jumbalaya, etc. My sandwich was okay. It isn’t the healthiest or tastiest meal you can find. I’d actually bring a bit of food with me if I went back.

All ages were in attendance. It’s great for a families, friends or dates.

You can get a 130 bus from Union Station or a 146 bus from downtown. Cabs were hard to come when you’re leaving.

Parking is available nearby, but it’s gotten pricey.