The 88-degree weather this past weekend was just what our family
needed-healthy doses of sunshine, sidewalk chalk, and summer-like
fun. I love that about Chicago; just when you think you can't bear
to spend another winter in this city, the nicer of our two seasons
comes along and reminds us that summers here make it all worth
This year, we're not packing the kids' schedules with camps or
classes. (Maybe just one or two, for sanity's sake.) There's plenty
to do on any given day, and the best part about lazy summer days
is, well, being lazy: the simple pleasure of being at play, all
day, every day. Here's what I'm looking forward to:
1. Family Fun Tent at Millenium Park. We
go to this smorgasbord of fun every year: Wiggleworm sessions, a
reading area with books aplenty, crafts, science projects, and a
blocks/construction area. It's open every day and is absolutely
2. Street fests. I've been meaning to
scope out some of the hip family fests, but I'm happy with the two
we always go to: Printer's Row Lit
Fest (scores of used books, vintage posters, and letterpress
type-great décor for the kids room) and the Korean Festival
(hot-off-the-grill galbi, traditional Korean-style wrestling
matches, and the Jesse White Tumblers. Hey, why not?)
3. Mario's. The first time my boys tasted
Mario's, they had this look on their faces as if to say all is
right with the world. I love the fact that this humble "lemonade
stand" brings together people from all walks of the city - all with
a simple lemon ice.
4. Beach bumming. I find Foster Beach to be the
most kid-friendly of the city's free lakefront hot spots, but Oak
Street Beach is just as good. We always get our beach tools in the
dollar section of Target, bring a cooler, and forget the time.
5. Being outside. I'll be honest; my favorite
part about summer is hearing my 3-year-old's tricycle rumble down
the (uneven) sidewalk, laying out a blanket for an impromptu
picnic, catching fireflies, running through the sprinkler, and
blowing bubbles for the umpteenth time. Just enjoying every minute
of the season as slowly as possible, knowing that it'll be gone
before we know it.
What's at the top of your summer to-do
Selena Kohng is a mom of two living in Sauganash.
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