Open House Chicago 2016; aka Pretending to Be on House Hunters

The distinction of “pretending” needs to be in the title because let’s be real; unless I’m going to be making bank in the near future, I’m perfectly content in my three-floor walk-up in Rogers Park, janky stove and creaky floors included…, but I digress.

If you are not aware of the Chicago Architectural Foundation, I highly recommend you look them up because every October, they sponsor and organize an awesome festival that gives behind-the-scenes access to members of the foundation, along with the plebeian non-members such as myself, to over 200 locations in the Chicagoland area. I’ve only been to Open House Chicago once, two years ago, but it was an amazing time- for both architecture aficionados, Chicago history-lovers and photographers alike!

And plus, as aforementioned, it gives you the great opportunity to pretend you’re some bougie person on House Hunters who can actually afford some of these lavish lifestyles, so much so that you simply cannot choose a home because the three bathrooms is three too few.

A special shout out to Donny, who was kind enough to accompany me on my quest and deal with me for an extended period of time. He’s the best. After we visited the penthouse and rooftop patio of the MILA Luxury Apartments (goals), the Marquee apartments and common spaces at Block37 (honestly, such cool rooms), and the ballroom of the School of the Art Institute (why doesn’t Loyola have a ballroom?); we had dinner at Shake Shack and I’ll give it to Donny, despite being a Portillo’s fan myself, they make some pretty good cheese fries.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos!

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Last Gasp of Autumn; Fallin’ in Love with Chicago

The already beautiful city of Chicago was blessed with a gorgeous autumn season this year.  Yes, I think Iliza Schlesinger (if you don’t know who she is, check out Freezing Hot on Netflix) was on to something and although risking the fact that I’m about to sound like a #basicwhitegirl, fall is my favorite season. The colors of the leaves, the over-sized sweaters and boots, the crisp air, my chai lattes are slowly evolving from iced to hot- it’s wonderful.

I feel like autumn is elusive; especially here in the Windy City. Most of the time, I feel like it’s gone in the blink of an eye. We enjoy maybe one or two days of perfect, sunny days with light breezes that we welcome with open arms after the hot and humid suffocating summers, but then the bitter cold creeps up and bites us late October. My last fall/winter in Chicago two years ago resulted in snow on Halloween! But 2016, despite the craziness that this year seems to be in a variety of ways (ranging from the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years, and me caring about that, me registering for my final college semester of classes, and Trump seemingly dividing the country even more so, but personally I think he just brought the rift more to light– but that’s another story), has been quite kind weather wise.

As I said, Chicago’s been very lucky; just two days ago, we were still enjoying 70 degree weather! And now, although I’m currently bundled up into a blanket burrito in my bedroom and it’s barely 30 degrees with the wind chill, I wanted to share my favorite fall photos. Some of them were taken while on assignment for my internship at UMC, while others are just from my wanderings around the city. Enjoy!

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10/25/16 Fall captured in downtown Chicago.

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What’s your favorite shot from this autumn? Lemme know! #photowysocki #fallphotofaves on Instagram, I’d love to see them  🙂