a word of advice. if it’s been freezing and icy and lame for the past few months and you are craving greenery and humid air that smells of soil, go to the garfield park conservatory. there are tulips and orchids and glass sculptures and koi fish and little ponds and amazing palm trees and ferns and twisty vines and slides for kids and bright yellow umbrellas and daffodils and rainforesty plants that you can’t identify and a whole range of plants that will make you feel hope and excitement for spring. all free of charge.

there is also quite a lot of humid heat.

another word of advice: don’t wear your new favorite fake leather leggings. that’s a bad idea.