Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Not Just Another Day at the Field Museum

Bird Habitats – Field Museum Chicago
Last Sunday, Urban Sketchers-Chicago went to the Field Museum to sketch. What a day it was! When we planned the outing to the Field we didn't realize that the Bears would be playing the Ravens at Soldier Field which is right across from the Museum. The buses, trains and parking lots were jammed, noisy and loud! And, I might add, fun. This was only the beginning of our adventure.

 It seemed we no sooner settled into sketch the Bird Habitat when we evacuated to the lower level. A tornado watch had been issued (that means a tornado had been spotted near by) and for safety's sake we were asked to stay in the Siragusa Center, the Museum's indoor picnic area. During our forty-five minute stay everyone celebrated a fellow evacuee's birthday by serenading him with Happy Birthday. We sketchers also worked on our barely started sketches from upstairs. It wasn't until later that I realized that I had totally missed a unique opportunity to sketch this rare urban experience in the Museum.

After we were allowed back upstairs we were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Zoology Department.  Giraffe vertebrate, elephant pelvises, assorted creepy rodent pelts, it was quite a sight and experience. Thank you, Rebecca!

USk-Chicago had an exciting time but my thoughts and prayers go out to those in our area whose day was filled not with adventure but with tragedy.


  1. These are wonderfully painted birds. I like your earthy colors and the way you composed the pages.

  2. Glad to hear your weathered the storm safely, my daughter lives in Aurora and said they lost some tree limbs but no damage in her area. Thankful for that news while sorry for so many that lost their homes.

  3. Dear Barbara - just happened onto your blog. Love your birds and enjoyed looking through some of your other lovely sketches. Glad you were safe on Sunday too. Take care and have a great day. I will be stopping back to visit soon.