So. My last post was a bit sad. I keep thinking over how I really haven’t done much during my Summer. I can sum up the highlights pretty quickly:
- Went to soooo many Dance Dance Party Party sessions
- Celebrated my birthday on the roof with a kickass dinner and then went to Six Flags
- Watched panoramic fireworks from every angle of the city
- Ran a 5K with my niece cheering me on, a 10K in 90+ degree temps, and made it through my first Half Marathon
- Had a sleepover with the same niece where
weI got burnt at the beach, had a lovely dinner date with the robot monkeys, walked in the Faces Fountain, and sang along to Beauty and the Beast in our private balcony seats.
- Two FIRE games with my favorite Ginger. During one of them, we had our own waitress to bring us our salted pretzels.
- Sang along with Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Flaming Lips, Decemberists, and Paul McCartney
- Applied for my Master’s degree
I might have missed something, but those were the key events. I really didn’t travel much or spend a ton of money on any one thing.
All of this got me thinking. Without the ability of traveling, I need to make a Chicago Bucket List- a list of things I’ve always wanted to do in this city but haven’t had a chance.
1. Hot Dougs- It’s true- I’ve never been there before. But oh have I lusted after this place and their tricked out hot dogs. Seriously, they have a rattlesnake hot dog on the menu this week!
2. Bulls and Blackhawks game- My professional sport teams have included the Cubs, Sox, Bears and the Fire. And while I’ve seen the Wolves play, I have never seen the Blackhawks. And I’d really like to break out those 1996 Bull horn hats we got as kids. Maybe I still have my Jordan jersey?
3. Take banjo lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music- I learned guitar from 3 sessions, now I want to take it to the next logical step in the hippy progression and take some banjo classes. This is a serious goal. It will happen.
4. Find the Mac and Cheese food truck… or any food truck for that matter- I hear it’s amazing. So why can I never find it!
5. Watch and then participate in the Chicago Marathon- Have I not talked about this enough?
6. Ice skate at Millennium Park- First step: Learn how to ice skate.
7. Bike the Drive down Lake Shore Drive- Or, just get a bike.
8. Full Moon Fire Dance- This apparently happens right outside our apartment. But it’s where a ton of fire dancers go on full moons to do some pyro dances and drum circle it up. There’s one on the 12th, so I might just have to go…
9. See an opera at the Lyric Opera- As someone with a degree in music, the fact that I haven’t gone to see an opera here is alarming. Very, very alarming.
10. Kayak on the lake and river- This is supposed to be an AWESOME tour of the city, and the rates are pretty reasonable. But the stench of the river might be a bit too much for me to handle.
I could add more… a lot more. But now I’m interested. What would you add to my Chicago bucket list?