Summer in the Windy City…oh and the burbs!

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This summer, I have been busy finishing my thesis…aka the portfolio of work that I have done for the past two years in the Art Education MAT program at Columbia College Chicago.  Basically, the portfolio is a collection of artifacts (e.g. lesson plans, a written teaching philosophy, a classroom management plan, reflections, etc…) that will be bound in a book and available in Columbia’s Library. I am serious!

As I have been glued to my computer, I started to think about summer in the Windy City and decided I would share what I am sneaking into my tight schedule and/or what I usually hit up in the burbs.

Most of the events and activities are known, but there are a few that might be new to you! One thing I love about the summer in Chicago is that you can find yourself somewhere that you have never been and stumble upon art, such as the image above, which includes a familiar tag by a street artist in the movie Enter Through the Gift Shop! If you have not seen this movie, you really should! It makes you question who can be artist…

These are things that I love to do during the SUMMER:


  1. MCA
  2. Art Institute of Chicago: Right now exhibiting Roy Lichtenstein…I hear it is an amazing large collection exhibited!
  3. John G. Shedd Aquarium: Jellies anyone?


  1. Old St. Patrick’s World’s Largest Block Party
  2. Millennium Park Concerts: There are many concerts held at this outdoor arena, one being My Morning Jacket playing in August.
  3. Lollapalooza 2012: The line-up looks amazing, and I am looking forward to listening to Sigur Ros and Monsters of Men on Sunday August 5th.


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Festivals/Sporting Events:

  1. Rib-fest 2012 on Lincoln Avenue (Happened a few weeks ago, but I recommend for the future…if you are a meat eater!)
  2. Chicago’s Air and Water Show: A must see if you have never been!
  3. Taste of Chicago: Two words, Packed and YUMMY!
  4. Chicago Fire Games: Tickets are cheap and easy to get. I suggest you try to get tickets by Section 8.  That is if you want to be cheering with the die hard fans!
  5. Cubs or Sox games: My favorite spot is the expensive bleachers…however if you want to get a tour of Wrigley Field, go on a non-game day, because then you see the clubhouse. It is only $15-20 dollars.