There is life in the Suburbs..
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Living in the city is great. I absolutley love it. I never want to leave. The phrase "living in the 'burbs" makes me cringe. Maybe this makes me a snob, but whatever. I love Chicago.
However, the more I venture out of the city, the more I appreciate the "greater Chicago area." Especially at this time of year. I just love fall.
My parents came up for the weekend. My dad was attending a conference at Northwestern and my mom decided to join him. We don't make it up to Evanston very often, so my mom and I decided to make the most of it and spend our day exploring. On Saturday morning I hopped on the EL and 45 minutes later I was in Evanston, ready to explore.
We walked around downtown Evanston for a while. There were plenty of shops and restaurants.
First, we happened upon the Evanston Art Center. (http://www.evanstonartcenter.org) If you know me, then you know that I'm interested in anything that has to do with art. Just mention the word "art" and I'm in. My mom obviously knows this about me, and when she saw the sign for the Art Center she took a rather abrupt and dangerous turn into the parking lot. Gotta love her.
The Evanston Art Center is a non-profit that offers art classes and exhibits local artists' work.
After enjoying the lake, we got back in the car and drove the short distance to Winnetka to visit the main attraction for the day: the Baha'i House of Worship.
This temple is incredible. It is unlike anything else you will see in Illinois or even the United States for that matter. Construction of this beautiful temple began in 1921 and finally ended in 1953. The Baha'i Faith is a relatively new religion. Founded in Iran in 1844 by Baha'u'llah, Baha'i believe that "humanity is one single race and that the day has come for humanity’s unification into one global society.
The detailed architecture of the building is absolutley gorgeous. I felt like I was in Iran or India, but no! I'm still in Illinois! It was kind of surreal. The interior is just as amazing as the exterior. Words really can't do it justice; just look at the pictures. Or visit it for yourself! Although you aren't supposed to take pictures inside, I was able to sneak a few. My mom was afraid we were going to get arrested or something. Yeah right. I told her not to worry, I perfected my sneaky picture taking while I was in Italy. :)
After spending a good amount of time in the temple, we said goodbye to the Baha'i and moved on to Gilson Park.
We then decided to head up to Wilmette. We wandered around downtown for a while. We ended up getting more coffee (one can never have enough in my book). We then drove around the neighborhood to look at houses.
While driving around we got a call from my dad saying he was done for the day. We drove back to Evanston and met him for dinner at Giordano's. We enjoyed our deep dish pizza and they (thankfully) drove me back to my apartment. It was a really nice day. I enjoyed hanging out with my mom and wandering around the Northern 'burbs. They're not all that bad, but I still prefer my city. :)