This fourth gallery of images from the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland captures a number of notable monuments.
The tombstone of architect Louis Sullivan. A relatively modest monument marks “Father of Modern Skyscrapers” and the man behind “Form ever follows function” grave.
The Tomb of William O. Goodman. Goodman hired Howard Van Doren Shaw to design this tomb and the Goodman Theater, both in honor of his son, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman.
The Tomb of Potter and Bertha Palmer rises like a Greek Temple on the edge of the cemetery’s pond. Potter Palmer pioneered the idea of customer satisfaction in retail before turning his attention to real estate and hotels.
On Sunday I had the distinct pleasure of strolling through Graceland Cemetery with Steampunk Chicago. After a few months out of the scene, I welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with some friends and made new ones.
I also took a lot of pictures, over 150 of them. The partially sunny day and the cool breeze made for great lighting and comfortable costuming.
I will post the pictures in a series of galleries over the next few days. Gallery #1 features:
Bristol is a destination for Trinity and I every summer. The jousting’s gotten a bit cheesy, but the music, food, entertainment, shopping, and fun get better every year. The weather is not supposed to be too good on Saturday, but that’s when we plan to make our annual pilgrimage.
Personally, I’ll be shopping for a new kilt this time out. I’m hoping to find something at Angus Harvey’s.
Saturdays and Sundays until September 5. Tickets at the gates or at select Walgreen’s. Kenosha, Wisconsin.
OK. So it doesn’t sound very geeky, I agree. Still, the Chicago Geek Guy will be out Sunday morning, running along a beautiful lakeshore course, trying to beat his personal best. Registration is still open if you want to come out. Visit https://chicago2016.yournextstepisthecure.org/cgg if you’d like to donate to a worthy cause.
The House Theater presents this magic-filled look at the life of Harry Houdini.
From the website:
A ringmaster leads us through the events of Harry’s life, all told through stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music. We travel from the untimely passing of his father, through his first tent shows with his younger brother Theo, meeting his wife Bess, and beginning a journey towards fame on the Vaudeville circuit. All the while, Harry feels Death close on his heels and he won’t rest until he’s conquered him once and for all. Harry will walk on broken glass, swallow razor blades and risk his life in the Water Torture Cell, but will he pull off an escape from Death? Marvel with us as Houdini battles Death once more.
The museum that brought you the costumes of Downton Abbey brings you a mobile look into Chicago High Society at the turn of the century.
From the site:
Historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach presents a new and unique walking tour illustrating seven civically minded entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhood of McCormickville. Ms. Kalmbach will highlight the achievements of these remarkable society women which left a lasting imprint on the city of Chicago.
Tour is 90 minutes and requires standing and walking. Rain or shine. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Please arrive at the Museum 15 minutes before the tour begins.
Bike or walk around the north side to solve a plot that threatens this neighborhood.
From the website:
Search the neighborhood along side the great Sherlock Holmes, interviewing witnesses and finding clues to save the Northwest Side from a most nefarious plot. Either bring your bike or your walking shoes because there’s no telling where the clues will lead…
Suitable for anyone eight or older with separate runs for walkers or bikers. At the Filament Theater, 4041 N. Milwaukee. The current run ends June 25. Get to “be” it while you can.
The Off-Broadway sensation based on the “cult story” published in The Weekly World News about a half boy/half bat creature discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia comes to Chicago for the first time. A dark satirical commentary on prejudice and tolerance in America this award-winning musical comedy is the recipient of the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical.
At the Griffin Theater Company 2010, 5301 North Damen Avenue, through July 24
Movies in the Park
This weekend has the Chicago Park District showing:
Trinity and I will be hitting up our FLGS’ annual garage sale his weekend, right at 10:00 am on Saturday. The shop will be selling the goods of local gamers and extracting a neat commission. I’m very curious to see what we can find.
Fair Game, 5147 Main St. in Downers Grove, Open Saturday 10 – 9, Sunday 12 – 5
Celebrate engineering and toys at this spectacular exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.
From the website:
Spectacular LEGO®-built marvels of engineering will inspire the builder within you in this world-premiere exhibit. Brick by Brickfeatures more than a dozen giant constructions by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker, including a 60-foot Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station and Roman Colosseum.
Artistic Director Nathan Allen and Company Member and D.C. Comics artist Chris Burnham, team up with some of Chicago’s best loved Puzzle and Game designers! Together, they’ve created a wholly new experiment in immersive story and stagecraft. It’s part performance, part puzzle hunt, and part live action game. Set in 1983, The Last Defender draws on the era’s political and social turmoil, the golden age of arcades, and impending nuclear threats to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience.
Wednesdays through Sundays through June 12. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60642
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