Making the Most of August

Believe it or not, but there's only one month left of summer.

Le sigh.

Before we know it, the marathon will have come and gone, we'll be knee deep in snow and bitching about the unrelenting winter. This summer has been a hot one loaded with humidity, storms and while I personally can't wait for fall, I'm finding myself busy exploring ways to make the most out of this last month of heat and sunshine.

Here's a few ways you can get out and enjoy these last few weeks of summer before Mother Nature flips the switch on us...

  • Hit up Lollapalooza. It doesn't matter if you don't have a ticket. The beauty of Grant Park is that sound travels relatively well. You can sit along the lake and be able to hear your favorite bands without the nightmare of thousands of sweaty bodies in one confined space. The thought of the repulsive smell just made me vomit in my  mouth a little bit. The annual music festival returns to Chicago later this week, running August 5-7.
  • Or if loud music and sweaty bodies in confined spaces isn't your bag, escape the city and become one with nature with Inner Metamorphosis University's hiking meditation clinic. Taking place in state parks in the Chicago area, you'll learn the delicate art of meditation and how to harmonize with nature. The clinic is just $75 and includes transportation, meditation exercises and meals.
  • Check Out Summer Dance. Down in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, you can learn to salsa, swing or even step from some of Chicago's best dance teachers! Welcoming all ages, the weekly free event will keep you on your toes and wanting to come back for more.
  • Want to see Jimmy Kimmel? You can...for Free!
  • Show your Big Ten Pride at the Chicago Big Ten Bar Crawl. The annual event throws down in River North on August 27th. Each school has a designated bar and it's the perfect way to meet new people and kick off the 2011 football season in style. The best part? You'll be drinking for a cause. All proceeds go directly to support and expand the Big Ten alumni volunteer program for local students in Chicago Public Schools. Check out event details and buy your tickets here.
  • Pretend to be a tourist. Every day Groupon seems to have some kitschy tourist attraction posted at a discounted price. So why not take advantage and see your great city in a new way with a Segway Tour, Kayak experience on the Chicago River or even a performance at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.
  • Head out to Lake Michigan for a sail. Don't have a boat? That's no problem at all! Make friends with the Chicago chapter of the Poor Man's Yacht Club!

How are you planning on making the most of your last month of summer?

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