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Open Season for Chicago Beaches 5/27/2011 – 9/5/2011

It’s official: the beaches are open today!

Okay, we realize that it is barely over 50 degrees today so swimming may be out of the question but the lakefront is a great place to walk, eat, jog, catch some rays, bike, rollerblade, sail, play volleyball, explore, or just relax along Chicago shores.

Our favorite? Grab some snacks, an old blanket, and have some cuddle time on the beach!

The 2011 beach season runs Friday, May 27 to Monday, September 5. Swimming is permitted only when lifeguards are on duty at all beaches from 11:00 am to 7 pm daily. Some beaches open earlier for swimming mid-summer; visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/beaches for details.

Chicago Beach Sunrise flickr photo by John Picken

Beach rules include: Swim only when lifeguards are present. Obey lifeguards. Follow posted beach rules. No glass on the beach. No alcohol. No smoking. Do not feed birds. Properly dispose of food, diapers and other refuse. Grilling is only allowed in designated areas and coals should be disposed in the provided containers.

Check the swim status before you go by calling (312) 74-BEACH (742-3224), visiting www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/beaches, or texting the name of your beach to (312) 715-SWIM (7946)

We hope you enjoy this summer at the lake.

2011 Dates Announced For Special Events And Festivals

“Free-For-All” Festivals Return To The Lakefront
2011 Dates Announced For Special Events And Festivals

Summer will be here before you know it and The City of Chicago is proud to present three of summer’s marquee events as free admission festivals, once again. Returning to the summer schedule is the 28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, June 10-12; the 53rd Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, August 20-21 and the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, September 1-4.

The 28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival kicks off the lakefront festival season June 10-12 in Grant Park. For three days blues artists from Chicago and around the country will celebrate a blues legend with music rooted in this year’s theme, Sweet Home Chicago: A Centennial Celebration of Robert Johnson. The full line-up will be announced soon. For more information on the Chicago Blues Festival and updates on the schedule please visit www.chicagobluesfestival.us.
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Care for a Scare?

What better way to spend a date night than clinging to each other? Seriously though, a haunted house can be an inexpensive, fun way to enjoy your evening together, specifically in the month of October.

Chicago Park District hosts their “Trails of Terror” at a few locations, the most popular being Peterson Park at 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. It’s a $10 admission, they do serve some concessions and you’ll walk approximately ½ mile of wooded fright through the park. Trails of Terror runs through Halloween, starting October 22nd.

Another option, this one indoors, is the Chicago Tribune’s very own “Chronicles of the Cursed: The Sinkhole”. Located at 560 W. Grand, 20,000sf of space, the Tribune’s Haunted House is billed as the largest in the city. $15 regular admission, tickets available on line. http://www.cursedchicago.com/ Prepare yourself by taking a tour of their website, read the story… and take a quick peak at the ‘Opposition’s Story’, why you shouldn’t put yourself at risk.

Get into the Halloween Spirit and do something a little different this month.

Go in costume if you dare and please tell us all about it!

Five Great “Date Day” Ideas

So you’ve worked your way up to no kids for a full day! What to do? Here are five semi-local date ideas for those of you that live in the Chicagoland area.

1. Southwest Michigan Wine Country – Our favorite stop is the Round Barn Winery for not only their wine but their vodkas and gourmet vinegars. Spend the day stopping by St. Julian’s, Tabor Hill, Lemon Creek and Round Barn. End your visit to Harbor County and have an upscale meal at Timothy’s or be a bit more casual at the Red Arrow Roadhouse. Mix up the wine tour with some apple picking as well!

Round Barn by Joe Marinaro

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12 Favorite Chicago Date Night Ideas

Here are twelve of our favorite Date Nights in Chicago.

  • Cooking Class – Spend some time together expanding your culinary repertoire. It’s no pressure on a good meal because friendly professional instructors are on hand to bail you out. And it’s fun!
  • Yoga (a class or in your own living room) – Exercising together is a great way to get in shape for all your physical activities. (wink)
  • Frisbee at the local park – There is an amazing and relaxing connection made from the gentle gliding of a disc through the air to your partner.
  • Chess/Checkers or your favorite board game – Keep the competition friendly but don’t shy away from wagering a late-night massage.
  • A street festival – What could be better than showing off your mate? Free admissions and people watching can make this a fun, free date.
  • Open mic night at the neighborhood bar – Shy? Imbibe and focus on your spouse before singing.
  • A cup of coffee at that corner bookstore – Recall your scholarly years and go for that smart, sophisticated crowd. You can even read to each other!
  • Draw a portrait of each other (over a bottle of wine) – It’s a wonderfully telling experience in both studying your mate and how you can express it.
  • Trip to the Art Museum – After floundering at portraiture look up a free night at the museum and compare your favorite pieces.
  • Dinner Cruise at Navy Pier – Get away from the city and see her best side, from the Lake!
  • A bike ride up the lake shore or forest preserve – Don’t forget our city’s natural beauty, or her’s.
  • Couple’s Massage – Disappear together into a spa, a couples massage is a great way for both of you to get centered and relaxed for whatever follows on your date night.

What are your favorite Date Nights? Let us know by commenting and we’ll feature your ideas in our next list.