WEEK 4:  April 5 - April 12, 2020

Although it is snowing in Chicago as I write this, this past week felt like the true start of spring. The forsythia bushes bloomed on Tuesday, the tulips opened on Sunday, and the birds seem to be taking over. Every day I go outside, I seek evidence of new life - bright colors emerging from the brown earth, the chalk-covered sidewalks, and the awakening trees. In a sense I am bored of the neighborhood I walk through habitually, feeling thoroughly aware of its humdrum landscape. But hidden all around, there are signs of new life, and in each walk down the same street, there is always something different to see.

The submissions this week, to me, speak to our desire for discovery. The beauty of coming upon a prairie in the middle of the city; the excitement of a peregrine falcon sitting right outside your dining room window; the mystery of a hidden creature in the grass; and delight in curious creatures gathered together.

As our lives sit on hold, even the smallest discoveries become especially valuable. We are in this waiting space, but there is still so much to uncover in our neighborhoods and cities, and in ourselves. What have you discovered this week, and how is every day new for you?

Contact & Editor’s Note

Open Concept, 2020