Growing up in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, it’s easy to forget you live a train ride away from one of the greatest cities in the world. Before you go away for college at the end of summer, here are some of the top things you don’t want to miss out on while you live in Chicagoland.
Go to a comedy club, and see future stars in their come-up.
Every great comedian started somewhere, and for many Saturday Night Live cast members, famous comedians, and sitcom actors, they found their start making Chicagoans laugh in local venues like Second City and other stand up clubs. Go with friends or family too see the future stars for yourself.
This is one of the coolest new places to go for a unique dining experience at a reasonable price. Known for their plethora of unique burgers and shakes, with thousands of flavor combinations, it’s hard to go wrong with the Shake Shack dining experience.
St. Paddy’s Day Parade
Taking the train down to the city with friends is a rite of passage for many on St. Patrick’s day. Go down early to run one of the many 5k’s and 10k’s like The Shamrock Shuffle.
Chicago’s Michigan Avenue is home to “The Magnificent Mile,” full of beautiful storefronts, massive skyscrapers, and a vibrant atmosphere.
The grand stretch of Museums along Chicago’s lakefront are among the best in the world. A day exploring one or a few of these museums is a day well spent. These include the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more smaller museums.
Car and Boat Shows
A convention center full of the world’s cutting edge of Cars and Boats. Test rides, concept unveilings, and free food. Need I say more.
Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs Games
Chicago Sports are a constant in one thing. The live game experience is always amazing, whether you’re watching the kickoff at Soldier Field, shots on net from the Hawks or the Bulls in the Madhouse on Madison, or Bryant hitting it out of the park at Wrigley Field; there is always a game to experience. Amazing food and electric atmospheres have long drawn Chicago land-ers into the city. The fact that we have two champion teams respectively in the last couple years is just a nice bonus.
This is one of those “You have to see it to believe it” things. While there are infinitely different options for how you experience this world-class four-day festival, you don’t want to leave for college without this summer adventure under your belt.
Exploring Chicago outside of the loop is something I got to do in depth this summer. There are so many cool neighborhoods with different cultural, historic, and aesthetic styles. Don’t be the kid who goes to college, says they’re from Chicago, and doesn’t know their way around outside of the loop.