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

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Week #41 – One Strange Bird & Innjoy

Jill and Erin, my friends (and co-workers!), and I bought Groupons months ago for One Strange Bird, where they have tons of art classes available. After the lace plate classes Jill and I did earlier this year, I’ve been eager to find more new ways to be creative.

The store has many different class offerings, from painting to drawing to stationary making and fabric printing. But we wanted to take it one step further. Enter: jewelry making.

After some delicioso tacos and chips and guacamole at Big Star, we walked over with our chocolate and wine (did I mention the classes are BYOB?!?). One Strange Bird has a super cute storefront with a little shop when you walk in, and they had fresh white canvases set up on easels for a painting class that night. In the back of the store was another studio where our jewelry class was held.

Now, one might think that making earrings and necklaces is easy, but I beg to differ. Our teacher was awesome, and taught us two wire techniques to create wire earrings and necklaces.

If you’re Jill, you pick up on accessory making with ease. Erin’s designs were unique, and she listened and took the time to get them just right. I, on the other hand, was a hot mess.

First of all, I thought it would be fun to do chandelier earrings. Why not, right? I struggled a bit, but with Jill and the instructor’s help, I made assisted in making a pretty hot set of earrings. Because they took me almost the entire class to make, Jill kindly helped me made a long necklace so I would leave with what we were supposed to make. Ha!

The moral of this adventure is: Don’t bite off more than you can chew. I’d love to try another class at One Strange Bird, but I think I’m going to leave my accessory making to the experts.

After the class, Erin, Nate, and I headed over to Innjoy, a fun local bar, for a few drinks outside. I think it was College Night because we got free tequila shots, a Coors bottle, and a free t-shirt. I’m not sure if this made me feel young again or really old! But it was a fun way to end a great evening.

One Strange Bird
2124 West Division
Wicker Park

Innjoy
2051 West Division
Wicker Park

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