Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Summer Bucket List

Chicago tends to only have two seasons--winter and summer. And we've been in winter now for what feels like eternity.

But, summer is right around the corner! After this long cold snowy winter, I really want to savor summer this year.  So, to help me make the most out of Summer 2011, I decided to develop a short bucket list of fun things I want to do before the end of summer.

1. Spend a day at the beach
2. Talk a long walk along the lake front
3. Go to Navy Pier to watch the fireworks and ride the Ferris wheel 
4. Spend a whole afternoon drinking in a beer garden with friends
5. Cook dinner at home on the grill
6. Attend the Taste of Chicago
7. Go to one outdoor music event
8. Attend at least one neighborhood festival
9. Go to the Pride Parade
10. Go out for a romantic dinner and sit outside
11. Have a picnic by the lake
12. Go to a baseball game
13. Spend a day at 6-Flags

So there you have it. These are the thirteen things I'm most looking forward to doing. Last summer was all about getting married, but this summer is about taking advantage of everything Chicago has to offer. I feel giddy just looking at this list! I wish the weather would hurry up and cooperate.

But, I have a feeling that once summer does come I might find myself bogged down with classes and work. Because let's be honest, it can be difficult for a type-a personality like myself to relax and have fun when there is work to be done. (but apparently, I'm awesome at rhyming!)  So, to keep myself motivated I'm thinking of making this list a permanent feature of my blog, just like "Our Wedding" or "About Me." Then when I finish up an item, I will blog and link! 

Summer 2009, pineapple drink @ Do Division Street Fest

What are you looking forward to doing this summer? Have you made a Summer Bucket List? What was the best summer of your life?


  1. What a great bucket list! I need to do this for DC. Last summer I'd *just* moved here so I was still figuring out my life, trying to find a job, etc. I couldn't really enjoy summer as much as I wanted to. This summer, though, I'm going all out. I'll be working a TON, but I have to enjoy everything DC has to offer. Thanks for inspiring me to write my OWN Summer Bucket List!

  2. My favorite summer was probably the one where I got married. The wedding was at the VERY end of summer (a week before I went back to school), so the whole summer was spent doing wedding stuff and hanging out with B-man. I wish my list looked something like yours though. Mine looks like this:

    1. Don't get sunburned.
    2. Work
    3. Stay in the A/C, and miss lots of weddings/graduations because I can't travel.
    4. Have a baby in July.

    Good times will be had by all. lol.

  3. Emily - I've always wanted to plan a trip DC! I'd definitely be interested to read about whats on your summer bucket list - maybe I could use it for trip planning help in the future!

    Jessica - Your comment made me laugh out loud. like literally :) Don't get sunburned is also ALWAYS on my list. I don't tan at all. I'm either pale or burnt. You should have seen how much sunscreen I went through on our honeymoon! And let's be honest, I think I'd give up everything on my list to be having a BABY!!!!

    Do you hear that, Neill??

  4. What a fabulous list!! I've heard great things about Taste of Chicago, puh-lease blog about it when you go! And I should be living in DC by summertime, too!! ;)

  5. That's a great bucket list! I have never been to Taste of Chicago, I'm going to put that one on my list too!
    ...May I suggest one more to add? Lollapalooza! :)

  6. Shelby - you know I will! I'll make sure to take pictures of everything I get a chance to try!

    Emily - Lollapalooza is a good idea! I've spent 25 summers in Chicago and I've never been. Can you believe it?

  7. Great list, and so quintessential Chicago! I definitely want to hit up some of the free concerts at Millennium Park this year. I'm all about free :) Have you ever been to Ravinia? That's a fun experience.

  8. Caiti - Summer is a good time to be all about free in Chicago! Sometimes I feel like there are too many great events to choose from - it gets overwhelming :) I have been to Ravinia, but only once and it was a long time ago. I should check out if there is anyone performing there this summer that I'd like to see. Thanks for the suggestion!


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