No doubt you've been looking forward to the positively summer-like weather we're getting today and tomorrow. But it's been so long since we've seen the thermometer go this high, you might not remember quite how to take advantage. Here are some ideas:
- Eat/drink outside. Hit a beer garden, plop down on a patio, rock a rooftop or just bring a gourmet picnic to the beach. Can't decide on one place? Join a pub crawl (there are ones for fans of both zombies and baseball). At the very least, make sure you have a cool cocktail to celebrate the season.
- Catch a ball game. The Sox are playing the division-leading Blue Jays all weekend, and the Cell should be rockin' (as will all the Sox bars in town). If you can't afford the ticket price, consider one of the many minor league ballparks in the area.
- Do some spring cleaning. If you want the world to give you more days like this, you'd better be good to it. In honor of Earth Day, many of Chicago's parks are sponsoring clean-ups this weekend. Yeah, your apartment could probably use one, too.
- Take a walk. We hear Pilsen's a nice 'hood for a stroll. For greener scenery, the Botanic Garden will take you through McDonald Woods tomorrow afternoon. Or just head down a street in your area...you never know what you might find.
- Ride a bike. If you have a need for a little more speed, break out the two-wheeler for a tour of the city (or a trip to Dark Lord Day). It can be guided (Bike Chicago and Bobby's Bike Hike are good choices) or not, tandem or solo--just make sure you wear a helmet.
- Take a tour. Wendella just started up its river cruises, and the boats are sure to be packed this weekend with architecture buffs, wine enthusiasts and, um, sunset-lovers. Other options include the city's green landmarks, the popular neighborhood tours and, yes, the infamous Segway experience.
- Plan ahead for festival season. The summer's gonna be full of weekends like this, and you want to be prepared. Scour the calendar and choose your favorites now.