25 2 / 2012

Also on February 23 we were able to go to the Chicago History Museum’s Chicago: Crossroads of America exhibit! We were divided into groups and assigned the task of observing certain pieces of the exhibition that were as close to food as it got. We then had to determine what were the positives and negatives of the exhibit which were were then to present to the group to get a discussion going. Everyone’s thoughts and opinions were brilliant and insightful. I truly believe that we have a wonderful group of people to help get the Chicago Food Museum on its feet. Great work everyone!

Photos by SammeVanK

25 2 / 2012

On February 23, 2012 our Chicago: The Food City class ventured on several more field trips. These were no ordinary field trips, though. Two out of the three stops were tours orchestrated by STUDENTS! We were divided into groups of three and given various food-centered areas of the city. This past week we saw Greek Town—which was presented by Nonie, Emily, and Bryce—as well as Devon Avenue—which was presented by Gabe, Lana, and Samme (aka me!). We were able to have a tasting at Elea Mediterranean Food Market in Greek Town, which was WONDERFUL. Also, we were able to have a tasting at Tel-Aviv Kosher Bakery and Sukhadia’s Sweets on Devon Avenue, which were also super fun and delicious!

I know that anytimesunshine already posted some of her pictures to the blog, but I thought I had a few cute ones to add!

photos by sammevank

25 2 / 2012

Neighborhood Tour Day!!! Greek Town was presented by Noni, Emily and Bryce, and Devon St. was presented by Lana, Gabe and Samme! Good job everyone! Loved what everyone had to show and say about these lovely neighborhood/cultural areas of Chicago!

Photos by anytimesunshine

20 2 / 2012

On February 16, 2012 our Chicago: The Food City class ventured on yet ANOTHER FIELD TRIP! We piled on the bus and drove to the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum to see the gallery show Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. We all explored the museum, absorbing the positives and negatives qualities of the exhibit. After the show, we gathered as a class and discussed what worked, what didn’t, and how our idea for a Chicago food museum would correlate with an exhibition such as this. It was an extremely interesting way of getting the class to think about the possibility of actually having a food museum. It’s one thing to talk about it in theory, but to actually see what it could be was mind-blowing.

photos by sammevank

09 2 / 2012

Earlier in the day on February 9, 2012 our Chicago: The Food City class had our first field trip of the day (as you can see in my last post, we had TWO)! We piled on the bus and drove out to Des Plains to see the very first McDonalds (which as Margo will tell you is not TECHNICALLY the first McDonalds, but its place in American history still holds strong nonetheless). On our way there (and back) we had the opportunity to present a series of speeches we were assigned which explored the background of various food companies that had a strong affiliation with Chicago. Ana had M&M, Bryce had Tootsie Roll, Nonie had Kraft, Emily had Vienna Sausage, Gabe had Oscar Meyer, Hailee had Wrigley Gum, Lana had Morton Salt, Margo had McDonalds, MG had Cracker Jack, Qianyu had Quaker Oats, Samme (me) had Keebler, and Sylwia had Hostess. Glenn and Liz took what could have been an extremely boring car ride and turned it into something fun and educational! When we arrived the museum turned out to be closed for the year due to renovations, but our proximity to the building allowed us to gain an ample understanding and appreciation for Chicago history as well as the adaptation of American food, business, and restaurant culture in general.

photos by sammevank

09 2 / 2012

On February 9, 2012 our Chicago: The Food City class went on yet another amazing field trip (this time, we didn’t need a bus to get there)! This was our second field trip of the day and an amazing one at that. We walked from our hostel over to the Sears Tower (….I guess I’ll call it Willis… but it’s still the Sears Tower to me) and ventured through the series of exhibits, lines, and elevators until we made our way to the very floor which we were seeking: The Skydeck! These photos are ones that I took of my fellow classmates as they reveled in the glory that is Chicago. The Skydeck was the first time our class as a whole could really grasp a sense of the city which we are studying.

photos by sammevank

08 2 / 2012

On February 2, 2012 our Chicago: The Food City class went on our first official field trip (we took a bus and everything)! We went to various parts of Chicago that related to the topic we were currently discussing: early Chicago, its development, its rise as a hub of transportation/packing/shipping, as well as other topics.

The photographs presented here are from the former Union Stock Yards arch, Bubbly Creek, and Pleasant House Bakery (follow them on wordpress here—> http://pleasanthousebakery.com/) which were three of several stops we made on the trip.

photos by sammevank

27 1 / 2012

On January 27, 2012 our Chicago: The Food City class presented in class a unique assignment known as a childhood food map, where they would show their favorite foods from their childhood. These were no ordinary maps, though. Each person expressed their own unique personalities as well as their unique creative talents in an incredibly diverse way. Our mediums spanned the spectrum including everything from sculpture to electronic presentations.

PART 2: The photos presented here are the ones that presented theirs electronically.

Included here are….

Noni, Lana, Gabe, and Sylwia

photos by sammevank

27 1 / 2012

On January 27, 2012 our Chicago: The Food City class presented in class a unique assignment known as a childhood food map, where they would show their favorite foods from their childhood. These were no ordinary maps, though. Each person expressed their own unique personalities as well as their unique creative talents in an incredibly diverse way. Our mediums spanned the spectrum including everything from sculpture to electronic presentations.

PART 1: The photos presented here are the ones that were physically made.

Included here are….

Bryce, Ana, Qianyu, Margo, Glenn (and Margo), Hailee, Emily, and Samme

photos by sammevank

26 1 / 2012

We ended our second class at Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand! We were able to see their very cool food map.


Don’t those circles look like the Von Thunen model we discussed in class? Hmm!

photos by elizabethpeartree