We arrived in Chicago early enough the day before the conference that we had time to walk to the Navy Pier. Did you know there's a stained glass window museum there? According to Wikipedia, "The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a permanent exhibition which opened in February 2000 at Chicago’s Navy Pier entertainment complex. It is the first American museum dedicated solely to the art of stained glass windows." The windows were beautiful, especially the Tiffany glass windows. There's a wonderful view of the city from the pier.
We went to see Cirque Shanghai while we were there, reminiscent of Chinese acrobat shows I've seen.
As I said, it was a good conference. I had the chance to catch up with librarian friends from Glendale and Lee County, and other friends from the publishing and mystery field. Caught up with Hank Phillippi Ryan at the Sisters in Crime booth and Libby Fischer Hellmann just after a panel.
|Hank Phillippi Ryan|
|Libby Fischer Hellmann|
And, then there were the authors at the AAP Breakfast, starting with a young debut author, Pierce Brown, whose book, Red Rising, comes out in February. We shared a table at breakfast.
|With Pierce Brown|
The other authors speaking were Jennifer Chiaverini, Kathleen Kent, Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, and Stephanie Evanovich.
|Mary Kay Andrews|
Then, one night I went to a ticketed event with comedians who all wrote books, including Ross Mathews from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. And, my favorite, Paula Poundstone.
|With Paula Poundstone|
|The adorable Sandcat|
From the zoo, we went to dinner at Pizzeria Due. Had to have Chicago deep dish pizza while we were in town. After dinner, a couple of us walked to the John Hancock Building to view the city from the 94th floor.
Our last morning before heading home on Amtrak, we all went our separate ways. I headed to the Art Institute of Chicago. Before going in, though, I saw a couple funny sites. One is a planter. Looks like a giant chia pet, doesn't it? There were other ones lining the sidewalk. Kind of funny, isn't it? And, then there are the lions in front of the museum. The lions are wearing Blackhawk helmets after the team's Stanley Cup win. I'm not a hockey fan, but I loved the lions.
I stood in line for a half an hour to get into the museum. A wonderful new exhibit started on June 26 - Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity. Beautiful exhibit including artwork by Monet, Manet, Seurat, Cassatt, and others. I also loved the miniatures exhibit, 64 small historic rooms.
Great trip to Chicago. The conference sessions were good. I met some librarians I've admired and wanted to meet; met authors. Naturally, I came home with more books. Good time in the city when we weren't attending the conference. And, a good trip home by Amtrak.