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July 2012 – A Wicked Week


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?

Chicago Full Moon Fire Jam

Chicago Full Moon Fire Jam

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.

Winnemac Park

Winnemac Park

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.

@CountingCrows at Navy Pier

@CountingCrows at Navy Pier

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.

West Fest 2012

West Fest 2012

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!

Tweetup Suggestions


Stopping by at the RedEye Chicago / Metromix TweetUp (pictures here), I finally got an opportunity to take a closer look inside the Chicago Theatre, and despite being a Chicago icon and landmark, I’ve only happened to pay attention to the Chicago Theatre when I’ve seen signs designating that the Gipsy Kings are in town. Going solo to a Tweetup can be kind of intimidating since it always appears that you’re interrupting someone else’s conversation, particularly if you don’t know them.  Throwing caution to the wind, I knew some of Chicago’s most interesting minds would be at the Tweetup and was glad to see @ErnestWilkins manning the door.

The setup of the Tweetup gave me a cozy feeling and we were all in the lobby of the Chicago Theatre with its sparkling chandelier hanging overhead and vaunted ceilings revealing its magnificence, verifying my location. To double verify my location, I made sure to check in at both the RedEye-Metromix Tweetup at the Chicago Theatre and the Chicago Theatre. The first check in let me know two other people checked in, while the second showed nine on the radar. Since I didn’t know anyone at the Tweetup, logic took over and I immediately helped myself to some Goose Island and went off to try my first Wow Bao. While Wow Bao is no Chinatown or Uptown magical treat, but the barbecue pork bun would make a tasty lunch if I worked closer to Wow Bao.

After my first drink and Wow Bao, I was ready to go and start embracing the spirit of the Tweetup by talking to anyone and everyone that happened to be within a few feet of me. Eventually one of my school chums showed up and introduced me to some more people and I fit right in. Being well-prepared, I pulled my binder out of my backpack and whipped out my blue pen to start my five minute interviews with as many people who had time to help me with their ideas for the Chicago Bucket List. As usual, I got a taste of the unexpected and learned more about Chicago and got the wanderlust back in me.

Here are my findings:

Naywri from Chicago thinks that before he would leave Chicago, he would:

1. See a Bears game at Soldier Field

2. Pay off debts that he owes to people

3. Pay bills before he leaves

4. Go to the House of Blues

5. Eat pizza from Lou Malnati’s

6. Grab some Harold’s Chicken Shack

Not a bad list, although I have definitely done everything off of the list. Not too sure he understood the concept when he mentioned paying off debts, but to each their own!

Karen from Beverly thinks she would:

1. Eat pizza at Milano’s, Eduardo’s and Palerno’s

2. Go on an Architectural Boat Tour

The Architectural Boat Tour seems to be one of the most coveted things that people want to do before they leave Chicago, this definitely goes on the list!

@crushgear’s List:

1. Check out the bells after Sunday mass at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Hyde Park

2. Run the half marathon

3. Ride the Red Line from top to bottom

4. Repeat all the steps from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

5. Get to the top of the InterContinental Hotel

6. Fly a helicopter

7. Fly an airplane over Chicago

8. Get in the RedEye

I need to refresh my memory and take a second look at Ferris Bueller’s Day Off because it sure is an adventure. Blues Brothers would also be a cool trek and both would get me a spiffy foursquare On Location badge!

@megamoto’s List:

1. Eat at the Depot in Bridgeport. Apparently, the menu rotates and usually only has five menu items and I should try the pork chop burger.

2. Canoe down the Chicago River.

3. Go on a Segway Tour

4. Ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier

I’m not an experienced kayaker / canoer, so I am a little wary of going down the Chicago River for fear of capsizing and ruining my phone and being drenched in Chicago’s finest wastewater.

googamooguy’s (Palos Park) List:

1. Go to Montrose Harbor and picnic with friends

2. Go on an Architectural Boat Tour

3. Pay a visit to Hot Doug’s

4. Get Italian Ice from Tasty Freez on Armitage and California or Nikko’s on Sacramento and Palmer

5. Climb the stairs all the way up the Sears Tower

We have some Chicago classics and some new ideas on everyone’s list. Tomorrow I will update with the rest of everyone’s suggestions before I have to start hitting the books for an econometrics midterm: hooray!!