summertime in Chicago

Happy June, friends! AKA HAPPY SUMMER CHICAGO. Is there a more appropriate photo to represent this feeling than a movie in the park + rosé?

Well, fingers crossed, this beautiful mid-70 degree weather is here to stay.

I’m not gonna lie, y’all. May was tough, and that’s why I’ve been MIA these last few weeks. Eric and I had to go home unexpectedly for a series of unfortunate events, ranging from surgery to the loss of loved ones – the hardest being my family’s ten year old sweet pup, Gordo, to cancer.

If you’ve lost a pet before, than I know you know how it feels. There are just no words. They are true family members that grow up along side us.

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All that being said, the quality time with our families was so, so good and the break from everything else was much needed.

Now that we’re feeling recharged, it’s back to groovin’ and we are ready for summertime in Chicago! The people are out and about, ready to break out of their winter hibernation. It’s a pretty magical feeling – one that makes this city so special.

To celebrate this sweet new season around the corner, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite signs that it’s finally here in The Windy City.

{Paleteria Carts on the Beach} // Bring your cash folks! There’s nothing I love more on a warm Chicago day than hitting up the paleteria vendors on the beach. The authentic Mexican ice cream treats you can find are unbeatable and so delicious – my favorite are the cookies and cream popsicles!

summertime in Chicago

Spoiler alert: These treats can ruin exercise intentions, because sometimes you can’t help but stop for one. Oh, maybe that’s just me?

{Street Festivals} // To me, this is a quintessential sign of summertime in Chicago – street fests on street fests each week. Everyone has been locked up for 8 months, so now every weekend you can find multiple festivals happening across the city.

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From the best hot dog round up to traditional German celebrations, there’s always something to explore! The best parts? Festivals are often free and come with awesome live music.

Side note: Tuesday movies in the park might not technically count as festivals, but they’re in this same category of awesomeness for us!

{Beaches & Balls} // This one’s pretty straightforward – the warmer it gets, the more packed the beaches get. Our favorite way to spend a Saturday includes tunes, snacks, and back-to-back sand volleyball games.

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It’s a strange concept to be laying out on the sand and turning around to a skyline, but it sure is pretty! (Also, confirming this is actual footage from a ChiTown beach.)

{Legs} // Until this month, I literally don’t think I had shown my legs outside since October? Well, except when I desperately ran to the drug store next to us for a dessert craving.

You know when those dresses, shorts, and skirts start showing up all over town, it’s a good sign. And sometimes, you just have to wear them and freeze a little because mind > matter.

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{Happy Pups} // It’s a sad sight to see all the cold doggies outside freezing their little bootys off with the rest of us during the winter because they have no choice – they gotta do their business!

That being said, you an tell it’s a good day when all the dogs are out with big smiles instead of pet sweaters. Running in the park, wind in their hair – Chicago summer pups are really living their best lives.

summertime in Chicago

Honoring Gordo with a photo from him soaking up the sun on Fourth of July a few years back. I know he would’ve freakin’ loved summertime in this city.

Now, I’m hoping I totally didn’t just jinx us with all this talk! What are the key signs of summer where you live??

Days By Day

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Saturday was Eric’s last day in the The Windy City (*insert big sigh here*), so we set out to make the most of it! We were off early enough to catch the last hour of our 24 hour Divvy bike pass and happily made our way to the Gold Coast area for brunch at Hash House A Go Go – It. Was. AMAZING.

Becca recommended this spot to us since it was close to the beach, our next destination, and we were excited about it as soon as we stepped in. The atmosphere inside is so cool and the walls of the entrance are decorated with menus signed by celebrities. We got out of waiting by snagging seats at the bar and scanned the big menu for our selections. Eric decided on a Roasted Chicken House Hash and I went with the Tractor Driver Combo – a pancake the size of both our faces, along with sausage and eggs.

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When the food arrived, our jaws dropped to the floor. Not only did it look and smell amazing, but the servings were humongous. We took a couple bites and were instantly in Heaven. Great food and great service make for two happy customers. I can’t wait to go back and try more items off the menu!

I was excited to take Eric to check out the beach since it is such a cool spot right off the city. We found a great place to lay out and observe the scene. He begged and begged for me to get in the water and no way did I cave, the lake is crazy cold right now!! I did cheer Eric on for his own valiant efforts though – he made it in almost to his hips. I laughed as I looked on and saw kids running by, flailing themselves in the water right past him.

We wrapped up the afternoon with a quick trip on the Red Line to Wrigleyville so Eric could see the famous Wrigley Field!

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For dinner, we took to the internet for a yummy burger place suggestion and found 25 Degrees. We loved the inside of this place – a velvet design decorated the walls, and circular booths and high tables surrounded the oval bar in the center. The gourmet burgers were also things to love. We ended up splitting the Number One and Number Two with a large fry. So much food. So much deliciousness.

To end the night, I took Eric to The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of The Hancock Center. The views are incredible, and I knew a great way to wrap up all that sightseeing on the ground would be from hundreds of feet in the air.

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I had the best time with my man in Chicago! I think we both deserved a few days of relaxation and fun, and that’s just what we got. Hope everyone has had a wonderful week – yay Friday!

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So the last couple days have been crazy busy! How do these real world adults do it? The work days get so busy and often I come home ready to eat everything in my cabinets and watch Scandal without end. It’s a good thing I am loving it though – I’ll say it again and again – my team is awesome and FCB Chicago is a great company filled with people passionate about creating impactful things.

In addition to all the internship busyness, there has been lots of prep work going on around the apartment because my roomies and I will be hosting a few guests for the holiday weekend! I CAN’T WAIT. Eric arrives tomorrow evening and the rest of the crowd is to follow over the next 24 hours. I am so thankful that I got placed with roommates who have now become some pretty darn wonderful friends. We are so excited to take everyone out and show them the city!

Needless to say, I haven’t had much time over the last couple days to check any super cool activities off my list, but I do have a few great photos to share…

Hanging out in ombré shorts, exploring Wicker Park with Becca and some friends.

Hanging out in ombré shorts, exploring Wrigleyville with Becca and some friends.

The beach this weekend - so nice to catch some rays before the storm came later!

The beach this weekend – so nice to catch some rays before the storm came later!

Monday lunch with Cidnye looking out at the same beach from above - not a bad view.

Monday lunch with Cidnye looking out at the same beach from above – not a bad view…

Visitors and a three day weekend means I will be taking advantage of all the relaxation I can get between adventuring around the city. While I probably will not have another post on the blog for the rest of this week, I will be on that Instagram game for sure – join me there! Can’t wait to share stories and photos after the holiday.

Happy early Fourth of July everyone!

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