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See + Eat: Harold Washington Library + Animale


Poet Carl Sandburg described Chicago as the “City of the Big Shoulders” in 1916, and the city carries that moniker proudly to this day. Having called Chicago my 3rd home (Bangkok –> Seattle –> Chicago) for over 4 years now, there are still many cultural and historical attractions I have yet to set foot on. Case in point – The Harold Washington Library.

A few weeks ago I finally had the chance to visit this historic landmark. The library, paying homage to Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, is a residence for both academia excellence and art galore. And the aesthetics doesn’t fail to deliver – painted aluminum acroteria with owl figures perched on top of the building, a symbol of wisdom which coincides with its astounding collection of 6 million books, periodicals, photographs, and artifacts; and a glass-roofed Winter Garden for any man/woman/child to find inner peace (or just simply read a book in absolute silence).

After our little sightseeing expedition in downtown Chicago, we went up north to the bustling neighborhood of Bucktown to have lunch at Animale. A casual joint for creative Italian fare where you can choose your choice of pasta and sauce, we eventually decided on the Tartufo Nero (spaghetti with fontina cream, sunny egg, and black truffle), French onion soup, and salad with mixed greens and carmelized onion vinaigrette. Weekend. Well. Spent :)

Are there any places in your city that you want to visit but never had the chance to?

Xo~ Lena

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things – Henry Miller



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