Ravon Takes the Windy City

I’m back from Chicago! Finally settled in and ready to share some photos from my trip. I recently purchased a Nikon D7000 (#TeamNikon!) and this was my first time using it! Disclaimer: I am not a photographer but hope to continue to improve, and of course bring those skills to the blog. So here’s a quick rundown of the 9 sites I made it to in THREE days (yes, it is possible). Also, check out my think piece for this week summarizing my travel experience. All photos from this experience and all other BGMB excursions can be found on our Instagram¬†and in full on Flickr. Everything here is just a quick highlight of what I saw and captivated me most!

First stop, Chicago History Museum (@ ChicagoMuseum)


A great overview of Chicago History from fashion, technology and innovation, to political unrest. This exhibition on the blues allowed you to walk into a jazz club. Have a seat!


Love the labels in this segment with a conversational tone and each object took on a life of its own. A great exhibit for all ages to explore.

Step outside of the Chicago History Museum for a stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo (@ LincolnParkZoo)!


Lions, tigers, and flamingos! oh, yay!


Next, Museum of Contemporary Art (@ mcachicago)18426390235_7afd51f5cb_o


My favorite exhibition at MCA. Doris Salcedo’s work explores feelings of loss on so many levels, this is just on example. “Atrabiliarios” (“worn shoes”) reflects her extensive fieldwork across Colombia, in which female victims were suffered from increasing violence and shoes were often used to identify the remains. If you have a chance, find her work and go there! Take a program guide, it really helps you work through your visceral response.

Chicago Cultural Center (@ ChiCultCenter), a gem of an archive before strolling through Millennium Park!


Peace, love, and hair grease! This exhibit explored the popular font of Valmor products that is still so prevalent in “Love for Sale.”



Wall to Wall graphic history of the evolution of house music. The beats are blaring and the dance floor is ready, be prepared to move.

Don’t miss the Museum of Contemporary Photography (@ MoCP_Chicago) at Columbia College!18429502691_54abd874d9_o


I’m all about tall, dark and handsome photographed well in a suit. This exhibit was particularly profound in the (re)imagining of black masculinity.

National Museum of Mexican Art (@ ExploreNMMA)18240400418_568df0684f_o


A beautiful arrangement of sculptural, colorful and powerful art.

Adler Planetarium (@ AdlerPlanet), enjoy the view of the city and Lake Michigan!18240854110_a6d82057f2_o


They encourage selfies, BGMB approved.


Museum of Science and Industry (@ msichicago)18436412075_9aec0ca3f9_o


I was captivated by these highlights of the innovation and influence of black women in the sciences. Anybody who has been to MSI knows it’s huge. You’ll need a day for this maze alone.

Dusable Museum of African American History (@ DuSableMuseum)18410501206_d9cfcc3fd9_o


Some great tributes to African American music and military service. The Dusable is currently renovating and expanding its campus. Visit virtualdusable.com to explore their digital projects.

Hope you share where you’ll be this summer…

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