By Rachel Popa
In a city like Chicago, it is hard to be bored with nothing to do, especially now that warmer weather is upon us and the school year is coming to a close. As finals week ends and college students are set free into the world to do as they please with their free time. Here are a few ideas of what a college student can do with their newly found free time during the summer months:
Daley Plaza Farmers Market: Starting on May 12, students can take advantage of the Daley Plaza Farmers market on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market offers all sorts of fresh and local produce including honey, flowers and seasonal jams. However, the Daley Plaza Farmers Market is not the only farmers market in the city; there are other markets scattered throughout the city’s various neighborhoods such as Uptown, Pilsen, Bronzeville and more.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Why watch movies cooped up inside when you can watch them in Millennium Park and enjoy the weather? June 21 starts the Millennium Park Summer Film series held at Pritzker Pavilion. Movies are projected on a 40-foot LED screen starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays until August 30. The first movie to be screened in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Some other highlights include “A League of Their Own,” “West Side Story” and “Purple Rain.” Additionally, Chicagoans will be able to vote for which movie they would like to see as the finale to the series.
Fourth of July Fireworks: Head to Navy Pier or take to the lake to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show. Aside from the Fourth of July, there are bi-weekly fireworks shows held at the Pier starting Memorial Day. Nothing screams summer quite like fireworks, so these are shows you do not want to miss.
West Fest: Perhaps not as notable as Lollapalooza and Pitchfork is West Fest, a street festival located in the West Town neighborhood. The festival features live music and street vendors, and is organized by the West Town Chamber of Commerce. West Fest is a two-day festival which starts on July 11. Aside from a $5 suggested donation, the festival is free-of-charge, with all proceeds benefitting the West Town Chamber of Commerce, as well as other local charities.
This is, of course, just a sampling of all the fun things to do in Chicago over the summer. The fall semester will be here before we know it, making the summer worth taking advantage of.