The other thing I noticed was that you have parts on each end of the DIP socket that would seem to making pulling the IC a difficult proposition without a DIP extractor (I'm not even sure they still sell them?).
Note to even mention the red and green wires that loop over the top of the chip.
Hey, no sweat. You built it, it works, you learned a lot. That's what Arduino building is all about. Next time you will do it a little different just because it's the next time.