I took the day off today (hurray!), and in the spirit of total self-indulgence I went downtown to the Art Institute. The Something for (Almost) Nothing angle? The first two Wednesdays of the month are free days–normally the entrance fee is $18. And you can eat there in the Garden Cafe, where they have reasonably-priced meals. Here’s a tip: The Art Institute opens at 10:30, and I got there soon after and was surprised how uncrowded it was. So I was able to grab a quick hamburger, and then tour through the European Art galleries with no problem. As I was leaving, though, at 1:30, the line to enter the museum snaked outside down the front stairs and along the sidewalk. So get there early!
At this point, I will be quiet, and just post some favorite things I saw today.