My Chicago Adventures: Lincoln Square/Ravenswood


I love Lincoln Square! But seriously, the neighborhood of Lincoln Square seems to have a lot going for it. As per usual, my copy of the "Open House Chicago" sites was my guide to exploring the neighborhood, and I've made repeat visits back to the┬áDANK-Haus German American Cultural Center. The museum there is free and … Continue reading My Chicago Adventures: Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

Rosehill Cemetery, North Side Chicago


I am a fan of cemeteries. This may be strange to some but cemeteries can be peaceful, beautiful, and historic all at the same time. Rosehill Cemetery is supposedly Chicago's largest cemetery, with many Civil War soldiers, and well-known Chicagoans buried here. I visited on a snowy weekend in February, so I suppose it's about … Continue reading Rosehill Cemetery, North Side Chicago

Triton Troupers Circus 2015


This year counted as my 5-year anniversary with the Triton Troupers Circus. Granted, that year when I was in England I didn't get to participate, but I cheered them on from afar. This year I was happy to walk in the Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day parade to advertise for the circus, and to participate in … Continue reading Triton Troupers Circus 2015

My Chicago Adventures: Edgewater/Andersonville


Since moving to Chicago I've started a few habits: there's the independent coffee shops on Fridays, visiting a different museum most weekends, and walking around new neighborhoods. And does Chicago have the neighborhoods! I usually plan out my walks to include some historic spots, and interesting places, and take pictures along the way. My first … Continue reading My Chicago Adventures: Edgewater/Andersonville

Al Capone and Gangster History


Chicago in the 1920's was a city of political corruption and gang warfare, and the embodiment of the failure of Prohibition. Three of its key figures happen to be buried near each other in an old Catholic cemetery outside of Chicago. This cemetery just happens to be right near my house. I will admit that … Continue reading Al Capone and Gangster History

AAM Annual Meeting in Seattle


Last weekend I took the long 4+ hour flight from Chicago to Seattle to attend the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting. The conference was about four days of non-stop action, from thought-provoking sessions, to special museum events, to networking receptions. Lots of coffee was involved, mostly to get through the long days, but also … Continue reading AAM Annual Meeting in Seattle