Since my last post about my summer o'fun to-do list, I've had a flurry of new ideas and fun suggestions. So, I'm also going to:
1. Go to the Garfield Conservatory on the south side of Chicago. I love the Lincoln Park Conservatory so I can hardly wait to see what this one is like. I'm betting on "beautiful" and "amazing"
2. Go to a weekday Farmer's Market. I love the idea of Farmer's Markets, but the ones in Chicago meet from like, 6-9am on Tuesdays or something equally incompatible with my schedule. This summer I WILL manage to visit one (or several!)
3. Organize a camping trip. I haven't been camping since college but when I was growing up my family used to take epic car trips where we'd camp our way up the Pacific Coast Highway or something else equally ambitious. I miss camping and I think I have some friends who'd love to join in on the fun.
4. Go to a baseball game. I've been in Chicago almost two years and have yet to see the Sox OR the Cubs. I know, I should be ashamed. Especially since they play, like, 17 times a week.
5. Take ballet lessons. I took ballet for a good decade when I was younger and then picked it back up after college. I stopped once I moved to Chicago but since I'll be running a lot this summer (which makes my leg muscles feel short and tight) and because I really love ballet, I'm looking forward to taking classes that will help my muscles stay loose and limber.
6. Take a class at the Hyde Park Arts Center. Maybe photography? Or pottery? The possibilities are all very enticing.
7. Go to street festivals. I know that the Red Eye publishes a list of 100 festivals in Chicago during the summer and I plan on hitting up as many of those as I can
8. This might tie in with my half-marathon training but I've always wanted to walk and/or run from Hyde Park to downtown Chicago on the lakefront path. I'm sure it's feasible, it can only be a couple miles, and I'm curious to see what that whole portion of the path looks like.
9. Do outdoor yoga at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. This is free and piqued my interest last year but somehow I never made it out there. Yoga in the great outdoors with hundreds of my closest Chicagoans. Love it!
10. Visit Evanston. I've heard it's beautiful but I've yet to make it up to that neck of the woods.