10 Signs It's Summer In the Loop

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Be advised, it’s now summertime. So when stuck in conversation with someone with whom you have nothing to say, instead of “Cold enough for ya?” you should proceed with the alternate, “Hot enough for ya?” until further notice. Yes, it’s that wonderful time of year again here in Chicago when everyone looks sweaty all the time and everybody seems to have Friday off except you. In no part of the city is that more true than downtown. But if for some reason you’re still not sure if it’s summer (like say, the temperature drops 30 degrees overnight, for instance), here are ten things to look for around the Loop that should tip you off.



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  • In the words of the great TJ Lavin, "you killed it!" Great list. Can I add an 11th? Thanks.

    11. Slow walkers: when I hit snooze on my alarm for the third time this morning, I didn't factor in I'd be running into anybody else who wasn't sprinting to work.

  • In reply to DanTello:

    Your best bet with those people is to sprinkle a few bread crumbs on them and let the pigeons take it from there.

  • I of course LOVE the free samples! My favorites from your list are Demonstrators Aplenty + Teenagers drinking on the Metra - so true! Also, I have to agree with DanTello about slow-walkers invading the Loop! Walk faster! We have places to be!

  • Good call about the pigeons. One got bold yesterday on the el tracks and thought he could literally step to me. I slid my foot and his direction to show him who was boss and he moved away. Sadly, it was the most hardcore thing I did all day.

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    I yelled at an elderly motorist with my windows up and without looking at them. You never know what kind of pills those people are on.

  • The first three were good, but after that I had to rush out of the house to beat the slow walkers and pigeon thugs for a free sample of almond butter. Missing out on items 4-10 on a list that actually matters is just the price you pay.

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