I had heard a lot about the fun times that Chicago promises in the summer, so when my first summer here happened, I knew it was time to make the most of it. Six months of the very chilly winter season does make life mundane and despite the exciting winter events that one can enjoy, the heart longs to welcome the summer sun. Mid-May was when summer officially began and the plans started getting made.
As an international student planning to make the most of the three months, a perfect balance between work and play had to be struck. So school and classes made their way into the summer schedule. For the tough school that IIT is known to be, the fast paced summer classes can be a challenge. However a little bit of sincere work can be enough to get one through. So with the summer classes going, the warm weather outside was too welcoming to ignore.
Taste of Chicago, where not only the city but people from other far off places come to enjoy the myriad food options that they can avail, free admission days to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, film festivals, shoreline firework cruises, Chicago blues festival, the MP3 Experiment Chicago, camping opportunities in the neighboring states, the recent Air and Water show were a few exhilarating events that this summer brought along. 4th of July brought amazing fireworks display at Navy Pier that was a real treat to the eye. Even the campus seemed abuzz with conferences like Teach America that brought hundreds of people from different parts of the world together, students doing research work, projects, IPROs and orientation events, new faces and excitement around livened up our spirits. In the midst of these invigorating events that were not just fun and exciting but educational and informative, there was the lake where biking or simply sitting by the water for hours, reflecting and catching up with friends never seemed to grow old.
On the one hand when there are ample things to do in Chicago and explore the city that you may still be new in, the absence of summer upass for students even enrolled in summer classes can become a constraint that restricts the fun activities. However there is a lot more to be happy about than complain in this season. So there is absolutely no doubting that summer in Chicago is truly a fun time that everyone should experience.