We didn’t manage to make it to the Art Institute of Chicago in February to check out the Chinese Art, so we took advantage of a clear day on our schedule yesterday to hop the train downtown to see what we could find. I made a little scavenger hunt, so we needed to find five things: Buddha, A Bird, An Arrowhead, a camel, and as many dragons as we could see. We found all of those and more in AIC’s splendid Chinese Art galleries – and got a spontaneous personal tour of the Dragons in the collection from a lovely AIC employee.
Being that the kid is three, we didn’t spend too long at AIC – but we also checked out the Thorne Miniature Rooms, and I was surprised to find that dude is now tall enough to able to see into the little windows without my assistance. Thanks to my Mom, we’re AIC members, and it’s a wonderful way to see the museum with kids over the course of a year – 30 minute jaunts to see one or two things work way better for us at this age than trying to see everything over a few hours. We made sure to exit via the Nicholas Bridgeway over Madison street, which kiddo adores – and which drops you off right by The Bean in Millennium Park for a truly Chicago-tastic experience.
We wound up with some extra time to kill before meeting my husband for lunch, so we took a transit adventure. Kid is obsessed with Chicago’s buses and trains, and has been learning about numbers based off the numbers of the buses, so we took a few new ones and he was delighted.
Our last stop before lunch was to Open Books – the best darn bookstore in Chicago. They’ll be moving to a new location this spring, and it’ll be slightly less convenient for us to get to. By that, I mean we’ll have to spend a few more minutes on the train, which is no big deal. In the meantime, though, we’re going to be stopping by as much as possible because kid and I both love it.
We’ll return to AIC mid-month, when they open an exhibit of Irish Art just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, and perfectly timed for our Gaelic month. ;)