Yes, in the Windy City, we tolerate the loonnnngg
winter to get us to summer. Why? Because summers in Chicago
rock-and now it's time to roll.
Smashed with everything good-marshmallow, nuts, chocolate-there
is no better ice cream and no better time to enjoy it than a warm
Chicago evening! Here's the scoop on Rocky Road ice cream: The guy
who invented it stumbled on the recipe after cutting walnuts and
marshmallows with his wife's sewing scissors and adding them to his
dish of chocolate ice cream. After the Wall Street crash in 1929,
he named the concoction Rocky Road to give folks something to smile
about. Belly up to a bowl on June 2, National Rocky Road Ice Cream
Candies is a city favorite. Why not make it yours this
Take the kids to a rock concert this summer. Check out Ralph's
World (pictured) at Ravinia on
July 12 (reserved seats $15, lawn $5). Roll there by train to make
the day really rock! The Metra stops right at Ravinia, so it super
easy on little legs.
Or nab tickets to Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson (Aug. 25) at First Midwest Bank
Amphitheater in Tinley Park.
There is treasure to be unearthed at Dave's Down To Earth Rock
Shop, located at 704 Main St. in Evanston.
Rock your workout and your time together as a family. It's a
little tough to find a giant rock to climb here in the Chicago
flatlands, but the Northwest
Passage in Wilmette offers all-inclusive rock climbing weekend
getaways to Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin in June and
Stop by Rock
Bottom Restaurant & Brewery after a day of adventuring
downtown. I love their ginormous desserts!
Rent a boat and explore the Chicago River or Lake Michigan. Vantage Yacht Club rents
out electric boats and sailboats you can captain or have captained
for you for an afternoon or evening of fun.
Rock your days by giving back. After completing 40 hours of
service in the
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
Playroom, you can volunteer to rock babies in the neonatal
intensive care unit at the University of
Chicago Medicine. Call Volunteer Services at (773) 702-4421 for
Called Rocky Ledge Beach in the early 1900s, this little city
beach now known as
Rainbow Beach (3111 E. 77th St., Chicago) offers a
fantastic view of the skyline-and plenty of rocks.
Rock `em Sock `em Robots was my favorite toy growing up. Spend
a summer afternoon rocking and socking with your kids! Or go for a
new twist on a old favorite and rock the spots with
Who doesn't like this classic family favorite? Pick up the 1976
Best Picture and do what we do on our street: Play it against the
garage door and invite all your neighbors over to watch. Popcorn
and rock candy is a must!