Chicago // Summer Fun

6.18.2014
sometimes, it seems like i'm a summer hater.  i'm not.  i do like the fun things it offers.... i just like winter better.  but, there are some great things chicago has to offer that can really only be taken advantage of in the summer.

(the view out my old window. just the usual wednesday night fireworks at navy pier.)

1. if you've never been, then by all means do the touristy things - taste of chicago, the air and water show, fireworks at navy pier.  they've lost their luster for me but as a newbie, i loved them.  you have to experience them at least once.  sorry you couldn't do it when i did back in the late 90s and was front row (taste = free concerts) for the wallflowers.

2. movies in the park.  they're totally free entertainment, short of what you decide to bring yourself like blankets, chairs, or snacks.  i happen to live directly next door to a movie in the park location, so i might be biased.  (i also watch it out my window because i know hawkeye pees in that park...)

3. street fests!  my favorite way to spend time, obviously.  you can find multiple street fest every single friday, saturday, and sunday from now until mid september.  of course, i suggest the ones 16 candles and stache play at.

4. watch a cubs game from a rooftop.  the surrounding buildings see into the field and have bleacher seats up top to sit and watch.  they also have indoor areas and your ticket includes food and beer.  and you better do it while it lasts, because proposed renovations to wrigley field could majorly if not totally block all the rooftops.  it's a big fight.

5. italian ice on taylor street.  (little italy)  it's mandatory, if you ask me.  there's nothing that compares so do yourself a favor and just trust me on this one.  go to taylor street.  it's a quick cab ride from the heart of downtown and totally worth it just for the italian ice alone.  but there's also amazing italian food and fun bars.  i'm partial to a little place called... hawkeye's.  (seriously.  it exists.)

i guess i better head out and check things off my own list.  it'll be winter here soon enough!

28 comments:

  1. It all sounds like so much fun. And that's bs that they wanna block the rooftop seats!

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  2. It all sounds like so much fun. I would love to go to a movie in the park!

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  3. Fun! I'm down for italian ice and street festivals. I love the excitement and atmosphere of street festivals, even if they charge an arm and a leg for the food. (In Japan it was like $7 for half an ear of corn lol... and I still enjoyed it!).

    But I'm still waiting for fall and winter :D

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    1. It's so expensive here too. I like going to hang out and see the bands, but I'll eat first and bring my own cocktails ;)

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  4. I love going to the movie in the park events during the summer! All the festivals that happen in the smmertime are so much fun!

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    1. I agree, you definitely can't watch a movie in the park in winter!

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  5. Ugh! Chicago is one of the places on my bucket list that I've never made it to. I love the idea of seeing a game from a rooftop so hopefully I can make plans for next year and that'll still be available!

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  6. I love Chicago but last time I visited the Cubs were out of town and it was too late in the fall for most of this stuff. I did get to go to a Greek festival there once, though. And watching the Chicago Triathlon is pretty cool!

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    1. The Greek one is one of the last ones of the season, the food is amazing!! You should come back for all the other things though! Especially the Cubs ;)

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  7. You and I might be the only people who prefer the winter here to the summer, but your list is spot-on! I must try this Italian Ice you speak of!

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  8. A group of Boston bloggers are supposed to go to a movie in the park and now all I'm going to be thinking of is dog pee!! I'm bringing a chair!

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  9. Oh really on the Wrigley rooftops? I didn't know that. We're going to do a Cubs game while we're there, probably just stay for a few innings and mostly walk around the stadium.

    Great list!

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  10. I am bummed the Cubs aren't playing while I'm in town as I was hoping to go to Wrigley. I'll have to steal some of these other ideas.

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  11. i need to make an atl list. it's mostly stay somewhere with AC ;)

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  12. I love street fests!

    I would love to watch a baseball game from a rooftop, I had no idea you could do that anywhere.

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  13. I enjoyed the warmth for about a week. Then I remembered Kentucky is humid and I hate being sweaty and sticky. Now I am wishing for fall. Its too hot to even leave the house.

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  14. Fireworks are one of my favorite thing ever. Our backyard backs up to a baseball field and they do fireworks every Friday night. It's the best!

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  15. Movies in the park are one of my favorite summertime activities! I think it's awesome that you can watch them from your apartment!

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  16. I'm also not a huge summer fan but Chicago does have lots of great stuff during the warmer months. I've already been to two festivals and the farmer's market a million times.

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  17. I prefer fall and winter too, mainly because it is hot as hell down here. When the temps hit the 90's and above with 145985% humidity I am ready to cut someone.

    Italian ice sounds lovely!

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  18. You keep making me want to visit Chicago. I'm going to have to visit twice just to check off all of things you list here on your blog!

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  19. sounds like fun!! that would suck about the rooftop bars at wrigley's...just because that is the only baseball stadium i would like to visit because of those rooftop seating

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  20. Damn, girl... you had yourself a good view!!!
    Movies in the park sounds fun!

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  21. sigh, i need you to come live in Key West so you can scope out all the fun stuff. It's all locals only events so none of it is advertised.

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  22. I just love Chicago.... hopefully my husband and I will be able to swing over when we're in Milwaukee next month!

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    1. Definitely! It's so close, you should. It's more fun here anyway ;)

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  23. ohhh, I heard about the whole construction thing with the stadium and the fight it has brought with those companies! The last time I was in chicago we went to a cubs game and my boyfriend talked about it. I am just going to say that I am jealous you lived out by Navy Pier...It's beautiful! AND it obviously isn't a summer excursion but seriously....St. Patty's Day in Chicago is NO JOKE.

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    1. No it is not! It's definitely one of my favorite holidays and I'm not even Irish. They did away with the South Side parade but the whole day is still pretty ridiculous! I'm already gearing up for next year, you should come :)

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