If there were a “bad decisions” scented candle, it would smell exactly like Wrigleyville did when I left the ballpark about 45 minutes after Monday night’s game ended. The general scent was that of stale vomit and overpriced cheap beer commingling in a filthy, pungent stew and creating a fragrance that will forever haunt my dreams.
The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry magazine will be sending a scented edition to subscribers this December, and will be opening the scent exhibit Volatile! at their Gallery in Chicago this December…
Chandler Burr will give a presentation on The Art History Of Scent: 1889 – 2011 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival:
Burr uses his rich historical, cultural, scientific, and economic knowledge of scent…
Chicago has always been self-consciously aware of its aroma.
Blame it on the fact that the city takes its name from the "shikaakwa," a native, onion-scented wild leek. The odor of that particular skunk weed no longer permeates the area, but others have come to mark Chicago's intangible smellscape.
— From The city of big odors, an exploration of Chicago's "urban bouquet", with thanks to Allison for the link.
There was nothing remarkable about the cold I caught. But a few weeks after I was otherwise back to feeling normal, my sense of smell and taste hadn't returned. I went to my doctor, and he said I had a sinus infection, prescribed antibiotics, and told me not to worry. That was three years ago.
— Elizabeth Zierah in The miseries of losing one's sense of smell at Slate, with thanks to Ruth for the link.
A group of volunteers over at Perfume Posse is pulling together a Chicago shopping trip scheduled for Saturday, September 13th:
Join us in Chicago this fall for an incredible, decadent day of fragrance and the Universe’s favorite food: CHOCOLATE!
Patty and March from Perfume Posse will be with us as we spritz, sniff and sample our way through some of Chicago’s finest fragrance departments and boutiques, with many stops to sample chocolate throughout the day…