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July 23, 2008

A wicked good time in Chicago

Filed under: Family, Incarceration research, Lindsay loves Neal, Personal — llcall @ 11:21 pm

When we were getting close to 50 jail interviews, I was really feeling how much I needed a break!  So we took off for 2 days in Chicago.  It was soooo needed…and I actually managed to NOT mention my research from the time we got to Chicago (read: that’s all I talked about for the 3 hour trip up) until we pulled into Urbana.  What a feat!

So now is where I attempt to post in some pictures…bear with me, I’ve never done this before.

Robie House

First, we hit Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. Not as cool as Fallingwater, but worth a couple hour's time.

Then we walked around Millennium Park, examining this Frank Gehry creation (new since I was here last), and perusing the Art Institute.  Sadly, their contemporary and modern works were scarce while they build the new Modern Wing.

Then we walked around Millennium Park, examining this Frank Gehry creation (new since I was here last), and perusing the Art Institute. Sadly, their contemporary and modern works were scarce while they build the new Modern Wing.

Then we saw Wicked, which I’ve been dying to see for many moons.  The climax at the end of Act I gave us both goosebumps!

Finally, we visited the Chicago temple--this our first time being so far away from a temple, so it was really wonderful to be there again.  And no, I can't for the life of me figure out how to flip this picture.

Finally, we visited the Chicago temple--this our first time being so far away from a temple, so it was really wonderful to be there again. And no, I can't for the life of me figure out how to flip this picture.

So that was it…then we drove back to the craziness of supervising undergrads.  It was such a nice break; I realized how much cuter Neal is when I’m not completely stressed out and frazzled.  Lucky him, hehe.

[And yes, I now realize that you are not necessarily supposed to write the whole text in those caption boxes.  Lesson learned.]

Special thanks to Andrea for giving us our first digital camera, which I have dutifully learned how to use.

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4 Comments »

  1. Linds, thanks for the great report. Sounds fun. And, we always knew Neal was cute! What is your review of the musical? -holly

    Comment by holly — July 24, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

  2. We both really enjoyed Wicked! It’s really funny in parts, but also touches on some very thought-provoking topics. “Are the wicked born that way or is wickedness thrust up on them?” It’s sort of dealing with perceptions of “evil” and “bad” and maybe those themes resonate with me because of the work I’m interested in, people in jail. Plus the music is beautiful and fun at the same time! I highly recommend it, but probably only when the boys are older. Neal enjoyed it too and he’s not a musical addict like I am, so that speaks highly.

    Comment by llcall — July 24, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  3. looks like you’re having fun. can’t wait to catch up again with you.

    Comment by bookncurls — August 14, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

  4. lindsay! you’ve got a fabulous blog going (the pics are a nice touch). i’ve enjoyed reading your entries, and am so happy to see you & neal out and about in chicago! wicked is great, isn’t it? after a whole 4 yrs, justin and i were finally able to catch it before moving back to cali. keep up the blogging action!

    Comment by Soo — October 8, 2008 @ 3:22 am


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