must see: kings & queens exhibit at the elmhurst art museum

In honor of my Dad’s birthday today, I have to tell you something…he’s pretty cool.

Why? Oh, not only is he a fantastic dad, he’s an amazingly talented artist who is currently featured in an art museum exhibit

Yep, this past Friday, the Elmhurst Art Museum held the opening night for its Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists, and Chicago exhibit, and my Dad’s work is featured among the city’s best artists in the field.

To say I’m proud is an understatement. His work shines, as does that of the others featured. The curator did such a great job of balancing artwork and pinball machines (that you can play!), as well as a video with vintage footage playing on a loop — the museum beautifully displays these exemplary works. Not to mention, the museum is gorgeous, worth a visit at any time.

The museum’s website sums up the exhibit well: 

“This interactive exhibition invites guests to play pinball on Chicago-designed and built pinball machines from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s—including machines manufactured by Elmhurst’s Gottlieb family—alongside paintings, sculptures and prints also made in Chicago in the same period.”

I am grateful that my Dad taught me to appreciate art and culture. I am grateful that my Dad raised me to be creative. I am grateful that my Dad shared the importance of hard work and dedication. 

Simply, I am grateful for my Dad. Thank you, Dad, and congrats!

I encourage you to check out the exhibit for yourself:

Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists, and Chicago – Elmhurst Art Museum – February 25 – May 7, 2017

DeColores Mexican Restaurant

We didn’t realize we could bring snacks to our candle-making class, so we were pretty hungry afterwards. DeColores seemed like a great option (we love Mexican food and it was on the way home!). So we drove north on Halsted to DeColores.

The restaurant is small and artsy, with a nice bar area when you walk in, as well as intimate booths with high backs and tables for larger groups. We were seated right away, and enjoyed fresh, warm tortilla chips and delicious salsa. Of course we had to order some pico de gallo, too, with flavorful, unexpected additions like strawberries and cucumber. It tasted so fresh like summertime. The salsa paired well with the drinks on the menu, like Ginger Lemon and Strawberry Basil.

For dinner, I ordered the steak tacos (mine with cilantro, onion, and lime on corn tortillas), of which I could only eat two I was so full, and Nate had the chicken flautas. Both dishes came with rice and beans, and Nate’s had a greens salad as well. The food was delicious–I really wanted to finish that last taco but just couldn’t (made a nice snack for Nate, though…win win!).

I would definitely come back to this little gem–the food was tasty and the staff was friendly and attentive. I’m always looking for new Mexican spots–let me know if you have any recommendations!

DeColores Mexican Restaurant
1626 South Halsted



Paint, Paste, Sticker: Chicago Street Art Exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center

Whenever my friend Erica invites me somewhere, I always try to go because her suggestions don’t disappoint. So when she invited me to check out the Chicago Street Art exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center, I couldn’t refuse.

We went the day before the exhibit ended (sorry you can’t go!), and I’m so glad we did. I live in the West Loop, where there’s a lot of street art, and it was cool to learn more about the artists who do the stickering, pasting, etc. Erica even had a friend in the show, which made it that much cooler to see.

After we checked out the exhibit, Erica showed me the Tiffany Dome–how beautiful! We even took some selfies under it (I highly suggest it). I’d never been to the Cultural Center (check it off the to do list!), but the architecture is so awe-inspiring, it seems like something every Chicagoan should see. We went on our lunch hour, so to those who work in the loop–you have no excuse!

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
The Loop