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Yesterday I happily wandered a new a favorite Chicago craft show (Show of Hands) and supported two of my favorite jewelers and friends: Tania Rodamilans and Betsy Siber. I also experienced the amazing thing that is Architectural Artifacts. It's described as an antique store and architectural museum. I'd describe it as a three-ring-circus for junk jivers. Or perhaps as The Night Circus meets Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium meets American Horror Story? I'll stop writing now and just show you lots of pictures. 

From a time when you could "know" your future for two quarters.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is a Chicago treasure. In my not-so-humble opinion. Recently ravaged by hail, they are managing to rebuild while hosting at least two different exhibits and managing a completely fantastical outdoor playspace for kids (think "Where the Wild Things Are" - the recent movie - meets urban/container gardening.) 

This post is dedicated to Chicago's Twelve. "Through interaction with environmental issues, the re-purposing of found objects, and utilization of non-traditional material, these twelve artists call into question not only our present relationship with our world, but also the possibility of its sustainable future." The exhibit is open until December 9, 2012. I wasn't able to photograph every piece so please click through and take a look at the video and catalog!