Originally Posted by amiecakes
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for offering up some ideas! The contest is in Rockford Illinois on Oct 20! I am thrilled and scared to death!
As for a theme, the name of the competition is Ace of Cakes- Rockin Rockford: Totally Awesome Cake Contest.
As for things related to Illinois: The Sears Tower, Farming, Abe Lincoln that's about it.
So far I like all of these themes. Anyone else have anything different??? PLEEEASSE!!
as a native son of Illinois....oh come on -- there's so MUCH more!
Corn (sweet and otherwise --- still the best corn in the world to me!)
(monster corn cob w/ little pigs running around on it?)
Carl Sandburg (esp. his poem Chicago)
Chicago deep dish pizza (from Geno's East! -- still THE BEST!!!! and I'll take mine w/ everything but anchovies, thank you!)
The Water Tower in Chicago
The Cubs (and remember Duff did Wrigley Field!)
The clock from the old Marshall C. Fields & Company building downtown
The White Socks
Frank Lloyd Wright!!!!!!!!! (all the buildings you could do! Oak Park has over 8 of his buildings, including his home & studio and there are others scattered all about)
Gwendolyn Brooks (poetry!)
Lorraine Hansberry (wrote Raisin in the Sun)
All the museums in Chicago - esp. Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Insitutue)
and then there is Lake Michigan of course.
and the Miracle Mile
The original founders of Improv sketch comedy -- SECOND CITY in Old Town Chicago -- were Jane Curtain, Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, The Belushi brothers and so many others got their start
and for course Marina City -- "those" 2 apt. buildings on the river http://www.marina-city.com/
(would make a very tall and interesting cake -- esp if you did a car crashing into the river like they did in the tv commercial for car insurance)
and think of the fun of making fun of
Mrs. Oleary, her cow and the Great Fire of 1871 (a cake in FLAMES! --- a whole diorama of old Chi-town going up in flames and that cow running for it's life! --- that'd be extreme)
oh....and don't forget Al Capone, the 20's, gin joints, tommy guns.
OOOOOOO......and working off that last one ---
the movie Some Like it Hot with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag (OUCH on the eyeballs) and Marilyn Monroe!!! -- soooo much you could do with that.
Trains -- Chi-town was once THE central hub for almost all train traffic --- The Rock Island line very famous example
and who about COAL -- major producer for many years (both shaft and strip mines)
the Loop -- could be interesting creating a 3D replica of the elevated trains.
and of course the tv show ER which is set in Chicago (mythical Chicago Hope Hospital)
and then you could do a take on almost any novel or short story by Ray Bradbury who is also a native son of Waukegan, Illinois -- my fav would be to do the big old victorian house from Dandelion Wine (based on his real grandparent's home and his family's which stood right next door) or the evil circus from Something Wicked this Way Comes.
now you've gone and done it! --- got me homesick for Illinois and Chicago -- my kind of town! (cue Sinatra!) (oooo...another idea of cake of Frank singing the song and a cake that illustrates what he's singing about)