The List! When and Where of the Freebies
Museum Free Days:
Museum of Science and Industry:
Art Institute Chicago:
The ones I'm looking forward to:
Chicago Blues Festival (6/13-6/15)
Burger Fest (7/12-7/13)
West Fest (7/12-7/13)
Taste of River North (7/18-7/20)
Chicago Craft Beer Festival (7/19-7/20)
Wicker Park Fest (7/26-7/27)
Fiesta del Sol (8/1-8/3)
Parks I love:
Henry C Palmisano Nature Park: Natural prairie landscape with beautiful views of the skyline
Hamlin Park: Whoo Hoo! A Swimming pool. If you want that true summer staple.
Lincoln Park: Nothing is better than the beachfront
Beaches I love:
Montrose Beach: A popular north side beach with a relaxed family atmosphere. Plus, a dog beach too!
North Ave Beach: If you want to have a party, you're in the right place.
31st Street: Quite secluded with beautiful views of the city
As some of you Chicagoans have noticed, the weather has made a nice jump from fall-like to summer! We really didn't have much of that fun, spring jacket kinda of weather; however, most are not complaining. We are happily shaving below the knee, slapping on that sunscreen, and strapping on that sports bar (who wants to sweat through their favorite lacy brazier?!?), and running towards summer with arms wide open. There are so many possibilities in the summer, everyone is ecstatic. The city has put on her favorite slinky dress, blew us a kiss, and we can't keep our eyes off her. However, the best things to do in the city are the free and/or relatively cheap things. Here are things that are on my 'libre' list this summer:
Festivaaaallllss: Literally every weekend. EVERY weekend from May 31st till September you can go to a festival in the city. Whenever people come to visit me in Chicago, they say, 'Yeah, I wanna come up when there's a festival.' Oh really? Come up every weekend! Most of them just require a $5 suggested donation (yeah, a required suggested donation doesn't make sense to me either), and if you grab a bite before you go, and bring a bottle of water, you'll get to spend your money on something you really want. Like a braider bracelet, or the best bbq chicken sandwich in the city. Whatever you think is worth it ;) THE FESTIVALS I WANNA CHECK OUT
Beach Day: I feel so privileged that I get to experience so many different geographical terrains all in one state. To me, it's amazing that I can hit the slopes in the winter, explore trails and caves in the fall, and become a beach bum in the summer, all within a driving distance. Bring a few snacks, refreshing beverages, a beach read, and maybe even a frisbee (yeah, you'll toss it around for a little bit); call a few friends and you can have a full day of sun, sand, waves, drinks, and fun. Plus, you'll probably sleep realllly well that night. Oh, a relaxing day and a restful sleep? Do it. MY FAVORITE BEACHES
Museums: The city of Chicago is graced with some amazing museums filled with a plethora of knowledge. And they have free days! For Illinois residents, you can wander around museum all day for free on certain days! Of course, it's usually during the week, but if you have a random vacation day floating around, I can't imagine a better escape than lazily walking through great halls of knowledge expanding your mind and sparking your soul. WHO HAS FREE DAYS
Picnics: Again, after that freezing winter, we are taking those leisurely walks, and preferring public transit just to have a few more minutes soaking up that goreous sun. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than eating outside. Besides that parks located by the beach fronts, there are a few other parks around that city that boast some amazing views or cool shade. Bring a mini grill, a blanket, a cooler, and your favorite thing to grill on the bar-b-que (whether hot dog OR veggie burger) and enjoy those outdoors. MY FAVORITE PARKS
It's summer blockbuster season and I can't wait. Honestly, I believe it's why movies are made. To take us on these epic adventures with the best technology available that makes a feast for our eyes!
Movies I can't wait to eat my Sour Patch Kids and cold Coke with:
Neighbors: This movie looks absolutely hilarious and I feel like it's been such a long time since I"ve seen a REALLY good really funny movie at the theaters. I can't wait
22 Jump Street: I loved how the first movie didn't take itself seriously and I hope the sequal won't as well! It's a hilarious comedic duo that I hope hasn't lost it's edge
Transformers: Age of Extinction: The large explosives, the sci-fi theme and story line, the energy and the massiveness of the whole thing makes me so excited. I watch these movies anytime they're on tv. It's the summer blockbuster. One day, when it's just too hot outside, you'll have massive fun watching this in the cool a/c.
Maleficent: Sleeping Beauty was my favorite movie as a child. Well, let's be honest, it still is. I'm so excited to see this story re-imagined in live action with some amazing costuming, make-up, and special effects.
Chef: I think this will be a great feel good movie. The cast looks amazing and I hope it allows me to leave the theatre happy and hungry for some goo d food truck fair ;)
Obvious Child: I love seeing Jenny Slate's comic genious on 'The Kroll Show' and I cannot wait to see how it translated on the big screen. I'm sure it'll be full of fearless comic choices that'll leave you rolling on the floor.
Entertainment I'm enjoying on the couch with fruit and Cool-Whip:
The Leggo Movie: (Film) Not originally on the list but everyone's been talking about it! I have a good feeling that it will live up the hype
The Grand Budapest Hotel: (Film) Wes Anderson. That's all you have to say.
True Blood: (TV) It's the final season!!!! I can't wait to see where this goes and how they are going to wrap up the series. I have only read the first book so I have no idea where it will go but I can't wait!
Orphan Black: (TV) It's a little like Alias but the story line is sooooo much more amazing. I don't want to give away too much, but if you like sci-fi, spy, action with a kick-ass female lead you MUST watch. Thank you BBC America!
It's that time of year. That time, where are primetime passions leave us and sail off into that summer siesta sunset. Our shows are ending! HOW will we preoccupy our time?! I may not be a master of style or a professor of beauty yet, but there is one thing I'm great at: watching TV. I could watch TV and film all day. Literally, all day. I'm not just talking about binging on the new season of your favorite show that just came on Netflix. I'm talking home improvement, movie, talk show, movie, primetime, late night, reality, and probably another movie type of TV watching here. I love watching these stories. That's why, ever since I could remember, I always knew I wanted to perform. I wanted to be the one to tell the stories. I wanted to take people on a journey, and maybe, bring a little happiness or escape from the stresses of their daily lives. Therefore, I've continued to cultivate my craft by absorbing as much of it as I can.
If you have OnDemand or DVR, I would suggest catching up on some of these beauties, or put them on your list to wait for when the season comes out on Netflix:
The Mindy Project: This show makes me so happy. I think Mindy Kaling is an amazing writer. If you watched The Office, you will no doubt enjoy seeing Mindy's writing come to life again. She has the amazing ability to bring to light the flaws we have as men and women in a comical and endearing manner.
Parks And Rec: If you don't watch this show, I don't know if we can be friends anymore. If you know me, you know that I idolize Amy Poehler (along with her fellow comedienne, Tina Fey). Amy brings the character of Leslie Knope to life with such amazing comedic ability. Set in an office setting, the rest of Leslie's co-workers bring individualized humor in a quirky and relatable fashion. The character of Leslie is a wonderful role model for all women. Plus, it makes me kinda interested in government....kinda.
Revenge: My guilty little pleasure. Yes, there's a few actors on there in which I'm not totally impressed with, and some characters I wish the writers would have killed off already; however, there is the amazing premise of revenge! How will she finish off her master plan?! And, boy, does Madeleine Stowe have an amazing wrinkle-free angst-filled stare that, along with her wardrobe, will leave you breathless. Fingers crossed the show only lasts one more season; or else, this plot will be carried on unnecessarily long.
Vampire Diaries: Laugh all you want but I am sucked into this show, and you will be too! Yes, it's a teen vampy drama, but I love sci-fy story telling. It's typical scenarios set in a make-your-own-rules fantasy atmosphere. Anything can happen! How can you not love that?! Yes, Nina Dobrev has a few bad acting habits (as do a few other actors), but she is gorgeous and show always has plenty of eye candy.
Vice: If you're not watching this documentary show, you should be. They showcase the idiocracy of the issues we have as a modern world. We still have mass class differences? People don't have food everyday? There's still ignorance on violence against women? We havent' made a non-lethal drug legal? YES. And Vice does a great job of informing you about it. Knowledge is power.