A Good Week to Visit Chicago

Not Wright, but related to Chicago, just in case you are heading the Second City between now and the 4th:

Chicagoist has a post of recommendations for getting the most out of the iconic Taste of Chicago (June 25 through July 4). The Taste of Chicago can be overwhelming if you haven’t been before, so expert tips should be helpful. Looking at the suggestions, all of them are for restaurants that only an enthusiastic, full-time Chicago foodie would know about.

An earlier Chicagoist post covered healthy eating at the Taste, and there is even an iPhone app to sort out the options.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting an Alexander Calder exhibit ( Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy), and given his profile in Chicago, certainly a worthwhile stop, if you need a break from Wright’s aesthetic choices. Four Calder sculptures grace public spaces in Chicago, all four in or near the Loop, and the MCA has a map to help you find them. Writing on the Huffington Post, Paul Klein offered a preview of the exhibit. The exhibit opened June 26, and runs through October 17.

I’ve already posted about the two Louis Sullivan exhibits, both very close to the Taste of Chicago — it would be a near-crime for any Wright fan to miss either, but there is really no excuse to miss Louis Sullivan’s Idea at the Chicago Cultural Center — it’s free, the Tiffany art glass in the Cultural Center is a must-see anyway and the Visitor’s Center should be every Chicago Travelers first stop anyway.