5 Best Museums in Chicago

5 Best Museums in Chicago

Chicago is one of the best places for anyone who enjoys visiting all different types of museums. The city’s museum scene is perfect for tourists and locals looking for something fun to do on any given day. The museums in Chicago offer a wide range of a multitude of museums depending on what your interests are. We are going to take a look at five of the best museums in Chicago where there’s a collection for all types of interests.

Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art houses works from many large touring exhibits. They also create a weekly series featuring work of local Chicago artists that include different workshops and discussions. The museum is also equipped with a new in house restaurant called Lul Cafe with Chef Jason Hammel.

Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium is all about astronomy and astrophysics with exhibits such as Mission Moon and The Universe: A Walk Through Time. The Moon Mission exhibit shows the actual mission to the moon and the US exploration through space. The University: A Walk Through Time explains different theories of how the galaxy began. The Grainger Sky Theatre is one of the spots you can’t miss. The museum projects movies all over the dome about trips to space, the stars, and the planets.

DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum is home to some of the most beautiful and stimulating collections of African- American Art. Built in 1961, it serves as one of the oldest focal points of African-American history. If you’re a fan of Chance the Rapper, you can see one of his Grammy’s displayed in the museum as well.

The Field Museum
The Field Museum was built to house collections from the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. There are over 30 biological and anthropology exhibits where you can see dinosaur bones, check out the Fossil Prep Lab, and check out a 3D movie.

Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the most well-known buildings in the city. There are two bronze lion sculptures that guard the outside of the museum, while over 300,000 works of art reside on the inside. Although there are many famous pieces of art in the museum, one that is always worth seeing is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat.

A large number of museums that reside in Chicago make it a sizable cultural destination for tourists and locals looking to expand their minds and learn about science, art, nature, and different cultures.

Originally published at DeeThompson.co on February 7, 2019. 

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Creating Success for Women in Male Dominated Industries

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Over the years, women have started to take over male-dominated industries, making them a little more even when it comes to employee diversity. Even with the constant strides, women continue to face many challenges within the workplace and need to understand there are ways to create success and excel within these male-dominated industries such as technology, law, and politics.

Studies have shown that it’s essential to create more opportunities for women in the workplace because they increase problem-solving skills and profitability, are more innovative and expand both mentorship and sponsorship opportunities. Women can bring a higher level of success within a company, and there are certain ways to create that success within a male-dominated business.

When trying to make a good impression at work, you may have the mentality of volunteering for a large number of projects. This can have a negative impact on both yourself and the company you work for. It’s best to volunteer when you have the time, and on projects, you want the opportunity to work on. Men within your office most likely do not offer up their services at every opportunity and will say “no.” If you are someone who always says “yes” and finds yourself in the weeds because of it, look over each opportunity to see how it fits in with your schedule and aspirations before volunteering.

Women are great leaders but often fall victim to the stereotypes and biases society has placed on them. To create your success, it’s important not to let these get in the way of your leadership skills and be confident in your passion and drive. Finding other women within male-dominated industries creates a circle of women who are there to lift you up and support one another.

Playing to your particular strengths whether they are female personality strengths or different skill sets lets you show off your leadership skills.  Some of these skills would include listening, empathy, and being able to socialize well. Success often comes with not being afraid to fail and pushing forward by using failure as a learning experience. If you feel you’ve earned a promotion or a raise, don’t be scared to ask your boss and let them know you are interested in new opportunities.

Women who work in heavily male-dominated industries have many opportunities to prove themselves and become very successful. When you use your skills and stay confident, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Originally published at DeeThompson.co on January 20, 2019. 

Urban Home Construction Trends

More than ever, the construction industry is looking to incorporate more environmentally-friendly practices into their projects. Climate change also presents a real issue that they seek to address. To provide a stronger, better home, here are some of the steps contractors are taking:

Disaster-Safe Construction

Without the right precautions, houses can quickly be condemned due to natural disasters. In the last year alone, multiple Category 5 hurricanes caused millions of dollars of damages. Communities are still recovering from the effects of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, despite the fact that those hurricanes happened over half a year ago.

In hopes of preventing such a dire aftermath in the future, builders are incorporating infrastructures designed to withstand or adapt to natural disasters. These infrastructures include elevated building designs, storm and water-resistant materials, and wind-resistant roof designs. Rebuilding is expensive, especially for coastal and island communities that regularly face damaging weather.. With sustainability and resilience in mind, these communities will have much greater success in withstanding potentially devastating effects.

Green Buildings

Renewable energy methods continue to increase in popularity, especially as these options become more widely available and more affordable. Homebuyers are opting towards rainwater collection systems, in-home purification systems,  renewable energy sources like solar panels, as well as living walls and green roofs (walls and roofs covered in plants to increase plant habitation). Not only are these features healthier for the earth, but they also have the economic and social benefits of reducing utility costs and increasing property values.

Tankless water heaters are also increasing in popularity – they provide hot water only as it is needed and come in both gas-fired and electric models. These tankless units provide hot water only when the faucet is turned on, offer a continuous supply of hot water, and save families at least $100 per year in water bills.

The concept of storing energy from renewable sources is beginning to enter the residential housing sector, and are proven to help in times of natural disasters and power outages. Rather than depending on electric companies to restore power, households will be able to rely on themselves and avoid going powerless for days (or even weeks) at a time.

Wider Doorways and Hallways

As the age of retirement continues to increase, adults are also choosing to live in their own homes for longer than past generations. However, old age often leads to lifestyle changes, which sometimes includes the use of wheelchairs and scooters. In an effort to plan for a more comfortable future, contractors are including wider doorways and hallways in their designs to allow for a smoother transition to the possible lifestyle changes that come with aging.

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Originally posted at DeeThompson.co