Yesterday, my birthday – marked the first day of fall. Before I start getting all excited about fall activities like apple picking, pumpkin carving, Halloween and haunted houses, I wanted to take a moment to commemorate summer.
Summer in Chicago is THE BEST. It’s the only time the weather is awesome, everyone is outside, and the city explodes with activities, festivals, sights, smells and sounds. This summer I spent a lot of time in town, working on my house and enjoying all that summer in Chicago has to offer.
Here are some of my highlights
– BEACH – I usually try to make it to the beach at least once a summer. This summer I was able to spend two wonderful afternoons enjoying the view of downtown Chicago. I do have to say the beaches here are better than where I lived in California. (SF is just too cold and foggy to really enjoy the beach)
– GRILLING – I bought a mini charcoal grill, learned how to start it, and have been taking full advantage of grilling out on our back deck.
– BIKING – I have been biking! So much more than I did last year. Because I have been lest tired – as I mentioned in my Bday Post – I have more energy to bike and exercise in general! I bike to work and back (6.5 miles each way) at least once a week, often times more. I save money on gas, get to spend time outdoors, soak up some vitamin D, and get a workout at the same time. Pretty much win-win-win all around.
– FARMER’S MARKET – Almost every Sunday I visited the Logan Square Farmers Market to do my shopping for the week. Every week I have more fresh fruits, veggies, bread, eggs, and sustainably raised meat than I know what to do with. The fruit is especially amazing in the mid-summer months when I come home with the most delicious blueberries, raspberries, cherries, tomatoes, greens and peaches. So goood.
All these activities made it a particularly awesome summer, and although I’m sad to see summer come to a close, I always love the changing seasons and am very much looking forward to fall activities