The thing about Chicagoans is that we like to mind our business. We go to work. We appreciate a good pizza. We shake our head when we look at the news. Then we go to sleep just to do it all over again the next day. We only really make a fuss when our sports teams are losing, when someone mentions the “Willis Tower” and when someone calls a gyro a “G-EYE-RO”.
We are simple people, who like simple things like barbequing, parks, and hot dogs with no mustard. So my question is…who in the heck thought bringing NATO to the city was a good idea…especially when the weather this weekend will be so nice?
Ask the average Chicagoan how they feel about the NATO Summit and you will probably get a shrug, a grunt about traffic and how Al Qaeda better stay in their own country. And as much as we will all do our best to ignore the happenings around the convention, getting around the city is sure to be an epic pain in the ass. (See map of road closures here.)
As a south-sider who gets her hummus, turkey burgers, and entertainment in the area that will be fortressed off by police, protestors, and drone airplanes, I am eagerly awaiting the end of the summit before it begins. If you are like me and are wondering how to fill your weekend while “martial law” is in effect, don’t fret. Here are some recommendations for enjoying all that the south-side has to offer.
(If I missed something awesome, feel free to add it in the comment section.)
- 63rd Street Beach House – Yes 63rd Street sounds scary, but the beach grounds are not only beautiful but filled with great music and food options during the warmer months. Get there early with your blanket, ice chest, and football and prepare to enjoy a great day with the family.
- Museum of Science and Industry – Sit out on the lawn, fly a kite, or actually go inside to enjoy a movie at its’ IMAX theatre. Though food options are limited, MSI is always a good place to go for singles and families alike. Other museums to consider are the Smart Museum and Oriental Museum – both housed on University of Chicago’s campus.
- Dine alfresco dining in Hyde Park – Hyde Park now boasts several options for outdoor dining to enjoy. Seven Ten Bowling Lanes and Bar, Sit down Café, Clark’s, Chant, and Medici are just a few great choices to consider if you are looking to kick-back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine.