Chicago offers events for everyone this summer

By Shawn Gakhal shawnonthetorch@gmail.com Photo by Clayton Hauck for HOY

As finals approach, ephemeral thoughts of summer linger in the hearts and minds of students who can’t wait to disremember math formulas or the art of writing a term paper. All kidding aside, the summer brings eternal possibilities until the intricate leaves on trees wither, and the August skies start to have that amber hue again in the fall.

Some students may head back home to the pacific suburbs of Illinois, while others cross state lines to remember what home truly felt like.

The remaining lot will, most likely, stay and hang with family and friends in the city, as they try to explore Chicago for things that aren’t in a travel brochure.

Those who are really into the tourist scene should check out the official 10th anniversary celebration of Millennium Park on July 16. Events will be planned out during the summer to celebrate 10 years for one of the most popular tourists attractions in Chicago.

Festival goers should check out Mayfest in Lakeview from May 16 to 18 or venture to the Belmont Sheffield Music Festival on June 6.

For health enthusiasts, Chicago Bike Week takes place from June 13 to 20 and will feature bike activities in and around Chicago to promote healthy living. The 45th edition of the Chicago Gay Pride Parade takes place on June 29 and is an option for those who want to support equality.

The Taste of Chicago is an absolute must for foodies with its lineup of traditional food and great live music, which takes place from July 9 to 13. Admission is free.

The biggest events in Chicago this summer, arguably, are for the music lovers: the music festivals. The highly popular, indie-centric Pitchfork Music Festival will be held at Union Park from July 18 to 20 with Kendrick Lamar, Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel headlining the event. While three-day passes are sold out, single day passes are still available at $60 a day.

The Wicker Park Music Fest is also a good option, with local bands and a local flavor that’s been hailed as the “best street festival of the summer” by the Chicago Tribune. Tickets are only $5.

Perhaps the biggest of all music festivals, Lollapalooza is just around the corner, which features a large variety of artists with Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, Foster the People and Zedd just among the few that will be playing from Aug. 1 to 3 at Grant Park. Tickets are sold out, but there are many tickets still available on third-party sites like StubHub.

With a plethora of events happening in Chicago this summer, there is something to do for everyone in the city.



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