I’m back!

After a brief hiatus, I am back to writing about Chicago, and with the summer off to a great start, there is not a better time of year to write about all the things there are to do in the city.

The past few weeks have been busy for me: I got a commercial space leased in Highland Park, I rented an apartment in Edgewater, and I’ve started showing some homes in Naperville. Additionally I have been attending classes downtown at the Baird & Warner corporate offices and will be performing in Chicago Folk Operetta’s upcoming production of “The Cousin from Nowhere” at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Throw in an unseasonal flu-like cold virus and I have not had much time for blogging and enjoying the amazing summer weather. But none-the-less, all the activity is very exciting!

This past Saturday I did venture out to one of my favorite summer activities in Chicago: the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. This full-size orchestra (and chorus) performs every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday during the summer at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park. The best part is that lawn seats are free! For those of you familiar with the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park — this feels very similar, but you are surrounded by downtown Chicago. There are covered seats that you can purchase. But I, personally, prefer sitting on the lawn with a group of friends and a picnic spread. This past Saturday they performed Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, and I was happy to see a number of friends in the flute section of the orchestra. Nothing quite describes the experience, but hopefully this picture will give you some idea.IMG_1795

Earlier that day I was in the western suburb of Naperville showing homes for a friend who is looking to relocate from Chicago with her family to safer area with great schools. This was my first time really driving through Naperville, but it is a beautiful suburb with some very interesting homes at a great price point. As much as I love the city, there is something to be said to be able to go to an amazing, well-kept park and finding it nearly empty and completely free of litter or dog waste. Maybe now is a good time to mention that Millenium Park does not allow dogs, so there is no need to worry about dog waste when laying out your picnic spread!

Its hard to believe that June is almost over! Everyone please get out and enjoy the weather and the city. Here is a link to the Grant Park Symphony’s 2016 schedule in case you are looking for ideas.

 

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