A few months ago, my friend Tori from my time in Arkansas asked if I'd like to meet her out in Chicago for a long weekend. I leaped at the chance - my second fiber art commission for Nando's is on display there! Plus, Chicago seemed like a really interesting city to visit, full of Art Deco charm and beautiful architecture. We planned the trip and I booked my very first Airbnb.

We went to see my lamps the very first night! It was surreal seeing 53 lampshades I knit myself, hanging in a public restaurant for all to see. The cashier was surprised when she realized a person had created all of those shades by hand. I got to snap a few photos and gawk at them for as long as I wanted. :) To create these lampshades, I designed a pattern for the shade from a big lightbulb and concept photo they sent me. Then I simply made 52 more shades from the same pattern. It was really fascinating to figure out the size, number of stitches, etc.

We did touristy things the rest of the time, including visiting Millennium Park where the Cloud Gate (the famous 'Bean') is and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. We also stopped by the Art Institute of Chicago, which was amazing!

After the art museum, we took a river cruise to see the architecture of Chicago. Apparently the city was pretty much a playground for up-and-coming architects back in the day - each building more modern and innovative than the last! 

Later, we visited Chicago 360 and enjoyed some amazing views of the city. 

Walking around the city at night had its charms, too. The city is crisscrossed with train tracks and bridges, and many of the buildings were lit up purposefully for night viewing.

The remainder of the trip is a blur - we visited the Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, took another cruise on the lake to see the skyline, walked around Navy Pier, and more. I can't imagine living in a city full-time, but I love visiting! The hustle and bustle is compelling.

Thanks for taking this little tour with me! I'm so glad I was able to visit this city. I think my favorite part was seeing my handiwork on display, but I would visit again for Chicago itself.