Summer is in full swing! The days are getting longer and the Chicago heat wave has set in. With our recent move to the suburbs, I’ve been brainstorming various activities for us to give a go this summer. As a city resident, it was as simple as walking out your front door and hitting up a restaurant row establishment, posting up at Saint Lou’s Assembly outdoor patio or strolling to the nearest street fest. While we’re loving the convenience and space in the suburbs, it requires more effort in finding activities (Lake Shore Drive isn’t a short bike ride away anymore!). I’ve compiled a summer ‘to do’ list for us new suburbanites:
- Spend a Saturday morning at the Lisle French Market, picking out fresh flowers and produce for the week
- Bike the Illinois Prairie Path (Glen Ellyn to Geneva route)
- Morton Arboretum Wednesdays, Woods & Wine night
- Movies in the Park Lisle
- Milwaukee Summer fest concert + Public Market run
- Try out new restaurants, including (but not limited to): fire + wine, gia mia, a toda madre, buttermilk, bien trucha, barrel + rye, niche, nabuki
- Coffee shop hunting: owl & lark, river city roasters, blackberry market, graham’s 318
- Brewery tour through Grand Rapids: Founders, Brewery Vivant, Mitten, Harmony, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, HopCat
- Increased visits to the driving range + golf course
- End of summer house warming party with all of our friends
Of course, this is a very preliminary list as I am certain more opportunities to try new things will pop up. It is hard to believe it has been almost 2 months since moving into our new home. I can’t say it enough – time has this incredible ability to really pass you by. My focus word of the summer is presence, something I admit I am not very good at. As we embrace the new experiences our new neighborhood has to offer, my goal is to stand still and worry only about myself.
Cheers to long, glorious summer days!