Exploring Chicago with a "tourist" always lets me see my city with new eyes. Carolee came for a visit and we had some great drinking, reading, and walking about. One place that was very new-to-me was the Intuit Center, which has a portion of Henry Darger's room installed in the back. The room section is small, but the entrance fee is only $5 and it is definitely worth it to see the environment Darger worked in. There is also oodles of info and some great books to peruse in their library area right next to the room.
While we spent a fair amount of time relaxing and brainstorming projects, we also took our customary trip to Quimby's. I grabbed a handful of items while we waited for our photobooth pictures to develop. This time around I got a mix of stuff for myself and as gifts. The one thing I highly recommend getting is Make it Last, from Raleigh Briggs, who also wrote Make Your Place, which I've glowed about on here before.
As for the other items I picked-up: Two issues of MashTun for C (pretty good articles and photos), Cycling: A Guide to Menstruation (wish I had this as a teenager), Taproot (one article was interesting, but I'm not the target audience for this), and Who Will Comfort Toffle? (for my niece because you've got to start them on Tove early!).