Every summer we create a long list of things we want to do. This summer we made it to the #1 thing on my list -- several times. Niki In The Garden is a wonderful, bold art sculpture exhibit at the Garfield Park Conservatory (truly a Chicago treasure). This isn't stiff, stare but don't touch art. Artist Niki de Saint Phalle created huge, beautiful sculptures to touch, climb on or sit inside. You experience her art through all your senses. In the Garfield Park Conservatory, the 34 sculptures come alive within the surrounding garden.
The girls loved the sculptures. They still talk about crawling inside the skull and on top of the lions. Of course, they also talk about the woman who smiled at the girls crawling on one sculpture and said it was nice to be able to bring a friend to the exhibit. Our girls looked at her and said, "we're not friends, we're twins." She looked confused and walked away. (It was the blond/brunette fraternal twin confusion again....)
The good news is it is not too late for you to see this exhibit. It's open through October 31 -- and, the price is unbelievably reasonable. Adults are only $5 and children are free. Plus, you can park for free in an adjoining lot. Get out your calendar now and pick a date to see Niki In The Garden before it leaves town.