Wrapping Up The Weekend

The most important outcome of this weekend was that I finished my presentation for PG Conf EU. That was a huge undertaking: I didn’t realize how much time it would take to build a new example with a sizable data volume when I submitted the proposal. It took me ten times longer to prepare this presentation than I thought it would take.

I challenged myself by announcing that I would deliver a rehearsal of my talk on October 18 at the Chicago PUG meetup. That meant that today was my last day (I am making dinner at the shelter on Monday).

I am glad that I could make this task a priority, but at the same time, I didn’t abandon everything: although for half a day only, Igor and I went to the Open House Chicago. Since both of us were time-constrained, Igor decided to focus on Rogers Park and Evanston (which we never did before).

I was most impressed with the Park Castle Condominiums. They were built in the late 1920s and went bankrupt ten years later.

The indoor swimming pool is astonishing!

Then we visited the Chicago Center of Industry and Design. It is located in a former factory building. Funded by private sponsors, it offers classes to both youth and adults. (And we had a chance to see some students working on their projects)

Then we continued to Evanston. The coworking space with an art gallery (former railway workers’ boarding house) was nice

But the former Masonic Hall was something! I didn’t think that back at the beginning of the 20th century, Black masons were not allowed into the “regular” masonic houses.

Now, it hosts an architecture and design company

As usual, I hope I will have more time next year!

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