Happy Place - Chicago, IL

Happy Place is the happiest little pop-up in Chicago. 

That's my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If it's not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy. ~George Foreman.

Happy Place in Chicago is one of the pop-up art exhibits making headlines. We visited this fun, quirky place in early July, but they just announced an extension in Chicago until early September, 2018. It's a fantastic place to visit if you love photography or enjoy capturing colorful snapshots of you and your family or friends. Not a place to visit on your own, it's so much more fun with company. I took 3 kiddos with me and they all loved it. The only complaints were not being able to stay and take more pics. 

You'll want to allow 2-3 hours total for your visit. When you purchase your tickets, you will be assigned a time slot. The FAQ page suggests you arrive 20 minutes before your time slot, although the morning we visited, we were in the second group and they were already running behind so we did not get in early. There is a little "waiting area" outside with seats and a fan, although if the weather is particularly bad, it won't provide you with much cover. Valet parking is available if you are driving, although public transportation is suggested since there is limited street parking and I'm not sure when they cut off the valet parking.

You can expect lots of smiles and laughs during your visit, but note that there are employees to encourage you to move along to the next area. I'd suggest checking out Instagram and other social media channels so you have an idea of the different areas where you can spend time during your visit. Plan your shots in advance and try to stick with 1 or 2 poses per exhibit so you won't get the stink eye from the folks in line behind you. You will likely need to wait in some areas, including the ball pit and the upside-down room, so consider asking an employee there to help you snap some pics with your device.

A small array of food options are available for purchase towards the end, consider sharing the rainbow mac & cheese or grilled cheese. A bit pricey for what you get, but worth it for the fun of it. After the food area, you'll find a lovely gift shop with all things happy and a few more photo ops. We didn't want to leave, but even a few weeks later, I'm still smiling about our visit.

Happy Place is located at 1004 N Elston Ave. in Chicago. It's in an old warehouse, so if it's a particularly warm day outside, make sure you dress appropriately. There are restrictions on what you can bring in, so make sure you check out the website before your visit. 

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