July in Chicago always counts as my favorite time of the year. Friends return to back to Chicago like salmon to their spawning grounds. How did I kick off my July?
Step 1: Head to the Chicago Full Moon Fire Jam.
Why go to the jam? It is a cultural and artistic experience worth checking out. Everyone go to the Fire Jam!
Step 2: Grill some meat.
The annual summer cookouts in Chicago will always be beefy.
Step 3: Watch stuff blow up in Winnemac Park
I thought I had seen it all in Chicago, especially watching Fourth of July in Pilsen one year. This pyrotechnique display was easy on the eyes and exciting to see so many things blow up. I feel sorry for whoever had to clean it up.
Step 4: Watch your favorite high school band live
Nothing like a Groupon-organized concert providing for tickets for $49 and all you can drink. I ended up crashing the VIP section and helping myself to an extra bottle of whiskey. Fun times.
Step 5: Get to West Fest
Legends like John Simmons, Jesse De La Pena, DIZ, Derrick Carter get thousands of people dancing in Chicago’s #1 street fest.
While I am sad the week went by, it was spectacular and there is no week in the year that will be its equal. Summer is here!