Green and the City

“A city’s environment is shaped not only by people who have an important influence, but by everyone who lives and works there.”

-Robert Cowan

As a supporter and advocate for the environment, some people assume that my only desire is to live in a tiny house somewhere remote and live off the land, or build a home completely off the grid.  Don’t get me wrong, both ideas have crossed my mind, but I find I definitely crave city life and in my current status returning to southern Utah, I miss being in a city.  After living in Salt Lake City and Chicago temporarily, you’d think I would feel disdain for urban life and wish I could escape, but in reality it is just the opposite.  I’m still undecided as to whether or not I want to reside in a city or escape to the country, but one thing remains true, it is possible to find green in a city, and I’m not referring to money.  Living sustainably, respecting the environment and finding greenery in a city are absolutely possible.  How?  To see what I mean, take a look at a collection of my photos from visits to cities that know how to get their green on. Continue Reading ›

It’s Christmastime in Chi-Town

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a fresh layer of snow, last Christmas found me in Denver, Colorado, but this holiday season I ventured on to Chicago.  Although its known for plenty of snow, it seems the unusual heat wave this winter has spread to Chicago as I found myself drenched in rain, not covered in snow.  The strong winds were up to their usual tricks, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find the joy of Christmas spirit in the Midwest.  It was actually the opposite as I made my way through brightly lit window displays at Macy’s and Christmas trees and wreaths surrounding the hallways of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.  This was one of the first times I experienced such great decoration and was entertained by this popular holiday.  A few photos from my walks downtown in the Loop and in surrounding neighborhoods nearby will show you just what I mean about Christmas in Chicago: Continue Reading ›

Where I Ate in Chicago

If there’s one thing I heard about before coming to visit Chicago, it was about the food.  Yes, wind and cold weather came up more than once, but Chicago was continually praised by others for its restaurant scene.  Before taking on this city in the Midwest, I had read all about pizza, hot dogs and plenty more, which made my anticipation even more urgent.  Armed with Lactaid for my lactose-intolerance and Prilosec for any accumulated heartburn, I descended upon the Chicago neighborhoods to take on a mix of Asian, baked goods and vegan restaurants that I recommend to any visitor or local of Chicago.  If you’re already salivating, read further to find out more about some of Chicago’s delicious culinary offerings at local restaurants and neighborhoods: Continue Reading ›

Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago and Racine

One thing I’ve recently appreciated from afar besides James Norton from the TV series “Grantchester”  or Beagles on the internet is architecture.  I’ve always loved gothic cathedrals and enjoyed finding a mix of Victorian style buildings with modern designs in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, but I never fully understood the thought and meaning behind architecture until one man.  No, I’m not talking about the architecture of Chris Hemsworth’s chiseled abs, I’m talking about renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  After my visit to Fallingwater, I was impressed by his combination of architecture with nature and finding every way to tie natural elements into his designs.  Once I learned I would be in Chicago, I knew Frank Lloyd Wright would be at the top of my list, and luckily for me there were plenty of sites to see.  If you want to see how nature can influence design and see the thought behind the architectural framework and plans, then follow me on a journey with Frank Lloyd Wright to Chicago, Illinois and Racine, Wisconsin. Continue Reading ›

My Favorite Museums in Chicago

When you think of museums, a few ideas probably come to mind.  Boring.  Old.  A school field trip that got you out of going to class.  Long.  Although I enjoy museums and make a point to visit many when I live or travel somewhere, I have also experienced museum burnout and I can’t take being indoors staring at another oil painting.  However, when I arrived in Chicago, I found this wasn’t the case at all.  Instead I found myself discovering new museums, each with characteristics that completely fascinated me.  From history to architecture to textiles, Chicago has it all when it comes to museums and I wasn’t disappointed with any displays.  Here are a few of my favorites I discovered while living in this mid-west city: Continue Reading ›