Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Hidden Beauty of Chinatown Chicago

Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to be hosting the 2017 Urban Sketchers 8th Annual Symposium. We'll be welcoming over 450 urban sketchers from around the world to meet, sketch, and share our city! As a teaser of all the sights in store for you next year, over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some of our sketches (both new and old) of our beautiful, diverse, and exciting Chicago. 

Chicago's Chinatown is easily accessible with many forms of public transportation and my favorite mode is the Chicago Water Taxi. There is something relaxing about taking a boat ride on the South Annex of the Chicago River to arrive at this bounty of color and detail. It is not the same as riding a San-Pan in China, but equally as nice.

Arriving at the Water Taxi stop in Chinatown sets you at the doorstep of Ping Tom Memorial Park and a dramatic red and yellow pagoda-styled pavilion. I was immediately captivated by the graphic nature of the lines, curves and exquisite details of the tiny dragon figures located on each apex. 

If sketching plants and foliage is your thing, then you have to check out this one-of-a-kind dwelling so covered with vines that it should be called a tree house. Located just steps from the Ping Tom Memorial Park and a sight to see in person.




3 comments:

  1. Wow! thanks so much for this post. This is a part of Chicago I was completely unfamiliar with and taking the water taxi makes it a bit of an adventure. And Urban Sketchers Madison (Wisconsin) is very excited about coming to the symposium this year just a short bus ride away! We're sure it will be a great time.

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  2. Wow! thanks so much for this post. This is a part of Chicago I was completely unfamiliar with and taking the water taxi makes it a bit of an adventure. And Urban Sketchers Madison (Wisconsin) is very excited about coming to the symposium this year just a short bus ride away! We're sure it will be a great time.

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  3. Thank Patricia! Since you are so close, let us know when you and members of your group would like to meet up in Chicago before the Symposium and we can show you one of our favorite locations...kind of a backstage pass if you will.

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