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Summer should feel spontaneous. And if you’re the type of in-the-know Chicagoan who totally randomly finds yourself packing your weekends and summer Fridays with the kinds of discoveries other people only wish they knew about, here are seven things you’re probably doing right now:

Lining Up for Free Music

Duck into the cool, dim confines of St. James Cathedral in River North on Tuesdays right after work for 30 free minutes of live classical music. Up next week: a romantic Strauss cello sonata.

65 E. Huron St.;

Wearing Chicago-Themed Shoes

Not up for braving the Lollapalooza crowds this year? You can still sport our favorite piece of fest-inspired apparel: these groovy Chicago-skyline shoes from Bucketfeet. ($78)

1647 N. Damen Ave.; 773-904-8709 or

Eating Spicy Chicken

As if 90 degrees isn’t already hot enough, the latest chicken craze to hit Chicago is the blazing chili-coated version at two just-opened local outposts of Nando’s Peri-Peri, a Peruvian-inspired chain.

953 W. Randolph St. and 640 W. Diversey Ave.;

Checking Out Super Realistic Sculptures

At the Art Institute’s Charles Ray exhibit, you’ll see perfectly crumpled cars and huge fallen logs sculpted to almost-believability by the Chicago-born, L.A.-based artist.

Through October 4; 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600 or

Upping Your Picnic Game

You don?t want to take on the lawn warriors at Ravinia unless you?re willing to bust out Grandma?s lace tablecloth and plenty of taper candles, but it?s worth a shot--if your spread impresses on August 8, you could win season passes for next year. Test-drive your setup on July 25 at Grant Park, where the grand prize is a $100 Macy?s gift card.

Crying at Musicals

Grab your best girlfriend and a purse-sized pack of Kleenex and see the well-reviewed stage version of the 1980s Bette Midler tour de force Beaches.

Through August 16; 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace; 630-530-0111 or

Getting a Peek at the Good Life

A $35 ticket will get you inside the gardens of some of the Gold Coast’s most gorgeous homes this Sunday.  

45 W. North Ave.;

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