What to do with the last days of summer
You’re starting to get that panicky, back-to-school feeling in the pit of your stomach--even though you haven’t gone back to school in at least a decade. Hurry! Here’s how to squeeze every last drop out of this Chicago summer before it’s too late.
Grab a Partner
Swing, salsa, jitterbug: whatever your best move, show it off during the final four weekends of Chicago Summerdance in Grant Park. Each free, public dance kicks off with an hour-long lesson--then the live music starts, and the crowd packs the floor. This weekend’s schedule: step-dancing on Friday, salsa on Saturday and tango on Sunday.
Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
Take a Dip
The Chicago Park District operates 51 outdoor pools, and the best part is, they’re free. We recently discovered this 50-yard, 6-lane stunner in quiet, leafy River Park near Lincoln Square--check the schedule for an “open swim” slot and dive in before city pools close on September 1.
5100 N. Francisco Ave.
Demand an Encore
Dubbing itself “summer’s last stand,” the electronic-heavy North Coast Music Festival will be good and thumping in Union Park next weekend. Want to catch one of the mellower events? Check out the Sunday set by Chicago’s own Wild Belle, the brother-and-sister duo with enviable style and a cool reggae-pop sound.
1501 W. Randolph St.
Pack a Picnic
Spread out on the Ravinia lawn one last time and hear native son and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan’s first-ever concert at the venue. Corgan says the show will consist of five short acts each meant to evoke a different emotion; keep up your stamina by splurging on “lawncierge” service for $250 a person (full bar and food included).
200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park