This morning after breakfast, we will take "The Foodie’s Tour" of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sample a visual array of flavors from medieval feasts to the American Thanksgiving table. This tour explores how traditions of eating and drinking can communicate cultural values around the globe. Afterwards, feel free to explore the museum on your own for a little bit.
From the museum we will travel south to the Pilsen neighborhood: its food, local and street art, and people. One of Chicago’s most colorful and culturally rich neighborhoods, Pilsen is known for its arts community, Mexican dining scene, and nightlife. The area’s first inhabitants were immigrants from Germany and the Czech Republic in the 1800s, but today’s neighborhood has been shaped by generations of Mexican-American families that have called Pilsen home since the early 1900’s.
This evening will be a special event.
A National Historic Landmark, no visit to Chicago would be complete without visiting the Glessner House Museum in Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue District.
A radical departure from the traditional residential form when it was built in 1887, the Glessner House played an integral role in redefining American domestic architecture. Get a first-hand look at how the one percent of the one percent lived back in the day as you savor the important collection of original furnishings representing the Aesthetic, Modern Gothic, English, and American Arts and Crafts movements.
We will have a guided tour of the house and then sit down to a magnificent farewell dinner.
[Judith - HOW ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL STOP?...For the night owls in the group there will be a trip north to the Green Mill - a one-time speakeasy and now home to late night big band and Sunday poetry slams.]