It's after Labor Day and my social media feed is filled with first day of school pictures and people saddened by the symbolic end of summer. Although many people defines Summer as the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Autumnal Equinox isn't for another two weeks! And even after that, the Midwest usually gets its politically incorrect Indian Summer (well we did before climate change -- see what I did there, I likely offended conservatives and liberals!)
There's still plenty of summery things you can do before the cold and snow arrives. For instance, this weekend in Lincoln Square is German-American Oktoberfest. If Mayfest signals the start of summer, Oktoberfest ushers in the fall. This festival is free and is a good place to begin the hunt for that winter body warmer, aka standing date for the holiday parties.
The beach is less crowded and while the water might not be warm enough to swim in, the sun is still good. You might even get your friends together for a few sets of beach volleyball.
There's still a few weeks of baseball left. This year White Sox tickets will be easier and cheaper to come by, but in years past, both teams are usually so out of playoff contention that they might pay you to sit in the stadium. [I try to write these posts so that they become Everygreen Content.] And if you are a glutton for punishment with a large bank account, catch a Bears game before the weather and their season gets too ugly.
If you work downtown you can still eat lunch outside. Brown bag to Millennium Park or maybe even splurge a week's paycheck to eat lunch on the River Walk. Or take a day off and hit the museums. Kids are back in school so they won't be as crowded. Combined with the baseball game, you could essentially re-enact Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
All I'm trying to say is that just because the calendar says it's after Labor Day that does not mean Summer is over. Not officially and not if you put your mind to it.
Other posts you might like to bookmark for next summer:
This one- Summertime fun for Chicagoans
Or this one-Don't Let Summer Slip away...
OOOOR this one- 7 ways not to let summer slip away...
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