One of the great things a large city has to offer is summer programming—from the festivities of Memphis in May to Central Park’s Summerstage concerts, there’s always something new to do. Here in Chicago, I’m lucky enough to be in town for several such events. The first is Taste of Chicago, a blend of food trucks, top chefs and outdoor concerts. I really wanted to check it out, so last week I attended a performance by AWOLNATION at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as a demonstration from Chef Art Smith. Both were absolutely wonderful and filled to brim with enthusiastic patrons. I think it's safe to say that this is what 'summer fun' is all about.
Also taking place throughout the summer is Chicago’s 14th Annual Movies in the Park series, which kicked off May 29th. It features more than 250 outdoor screenings in parks across the city and draws thousands upon thousands during its run. I recently learned that this summer’s program features the addition of the “Chicago on Screen Local Film Showcase,” which highlights movies shot in or inspired by the city. Sadly, I haven’t been able to attend one of these screenings yet, but I hope to catch at least one before I mosey on to Minneapolis.
Lastly, I’ll be participating in the Rock n’ Roll Running Festival this weekend, running a 5K on Saturday and another on Sunday. There’s also a mini-marathon that takes place, but I just don’t think I’m to that point yet. The cool thing about this event is that it features a finish line performance from Cold War Kids, a great band I recommend everyone check out. And the organizers actually host this event across the US, Europe and the UK for anyone interested.
Of course, these are just a few of the great things I’ll be taking part in here. To be honest, when I first departed Cleveland back in January, I spent most of my time looking into concerts and music festivals. And while I do plan on attending a few, I’ve come to realize that what each city, itself, has to offer is far more interesting, because these are the things that help shape its personality. Bands will come and go; festivals will move and grow; but our cities will always have the most to offer, because we’ll always have a voice in what comes next.
Two quick side notes: One of the amazing designers at Boxing Clever created this shirt for me. If you dig it, please be sure to grab one. Once I sell enough, I'll get a portion of the sales and all the earnings go directly into the project. Also, Welcome back King.