The year in adventures

Over our long (and well deserved, if I do say so myself) winter break, we plan to see Les Miserables and The Hobbit in (GULP!) a movie theater. We're also counting on another Milwaukee County Zoo visit and Starved Rock State Park birding hike. Otherwise, though, our break will be centered on home, comprising conversation, food, books, games, swim practices, walks, and family film nights.

But although we're concluding 2012 on a rather quiet note, the rest of the year provided us with ample doses of adventure.
The Feast: an intimate Tempest at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
South Pacific at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Being Shakespeare from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at the Broadway Playhouse
Timon of Athens at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
The Iceman Cometh at the Goodman Theatre
Crowns at the Goodman Theatre
Three Sisters at the Steppenwolf Theatre
Sunday in the Park with George at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Hamlet at the Writers' Theatre
Equivocation at the Victory Gardens Theater
Black Watch from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at the Broadway Armory
Metamorphoses at the Lookingglass Theatre
Les Miserables at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre
The School for Lies at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

■ Joshua Bell
■ Leif Ove Andsnes
■ Yo-Yo Ma 
■ Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

The Magic Flute 

■ The Field Museum (multiple visits)
The Art Institute  of Chicago (multiple visits)
Morton Aboretum
Brookfield Zoo (multiple visits)
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Lincoln Park Zoo 
Volkening Heritage Farm
■ The Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley
Milwaukee County Zoo
Museum of Science and Industry
Volo Auto Museum
Cantigny: The First Division Museum and the Robert R. McCormick Museum
Job "shadow" (marine mammal training) at Oceans of Fun
■ Bristol Renaissance Faire
■ Yankees v. White Sox

■ "Wild Encounter" (marine mammal training) at the Brookfield Zoo

What a year!


Margaret WV said...

How wonderful!

If I were in your shoes, I would add in the Milwaukee Art Museum: The exhibition 'Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London!' The architecture!

Fanny Harville said...

What a great list! I envy you all of it, especially the theatre. It's too bad homeschoolers are stuck and home and never get out, isn't it?? :)

Robin McCormack said...

Wow - what a great year. Makes me wish I lived in or near Chicago. I'll have to visit my relatives more often and see a few of those places.

Mental multivitamin said...

Margaret, thanks for the tip. The girls and I hope to go over the break. FH, the theater was my favorite, too. *smile* Robin, it really is the greatest city in the world.