Get Away With Fran

October 28, 2009

Architecture travel fantasy in Illinois

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I am a bit of an architecture geek. No, I’d never try creating anything, but I do admire the work of others – and have been known to go out of my way when traveling to see the latest and greatest, and old and historic.

So I think it’s super cool that the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is again serving up its Architecture Fantasy Camp in 2010


The camp program takes place at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in the very drafting room where the master worked in Oak Park, Ill., with a program very much designed for non-architects. Dates are March 5-8; June 13-16; August 1-4 and October 3-6, 2010.

As part of the program, which BTW I think would make an excellent holiday gift for any Wright fan, (more…)

October 8, 2009

Adoring Chicago

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OK, Chicago did not get the Olympics. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan a visit to the Windy City. You should. And here’s a few reasons why:

1. It’s a big city and cheaper than New York.Chicago has all the cultural attributes of a major city including both historic and cutting edge (IM Pei, et al) architecture, an amazing cultural scene, excellent shopping and great food (including in fun ethnic neighborhoods). And on a visit this week I paid all of $118 per night at a very nice boutique hotel in a quiet neighborhood but close to the action, with breakfast and free Wi-Fi to boot. Find that in New York. The hotel is The Majestic in the Lake View area near Wrigley (which is quiet this time of year anyway, the Cubs not in the playoffs, again).

2. It’s cheap to get there. On American Airlines¬†from Boston, I paid $166 roundtrip. Of course, I did look around for the best deal. But with Southwest ( newly flying from Boston, fares have come down and deals are to be had. And you can get there too by Amtrak (

3. People are friendly. I know, I’m sure there are some who aren’t. But I was just there for two and a half days and didn’t encounter anyone I wouldn’t put in the friendly category. A guy at Starbucks remembered me when I returned a second day and gave me a big greeting. A cab driver (more…)

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