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Summertime … and the livin’ is easy

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Yesterday, June 21, was officially the first day of summer. Although it's not like we can really complain about the so-called winter we had this year (thanks global warming!). 

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to indulge in everything that the best season (would anyone really prefer winter, especially in Chicago?) has to offer: ice cream, unbearably hot temperatures, more ice cream (only necessary to cope with more unbearably hot temperatures) and beautiful blue skies.  

Oh, and let's not forget drinking fruity drinks, admiring the beauty of the sun's rays hitting the buildings and the water, and all the fun sports that summer demands we play, i.e. volleyball. And as touristy and corny, as it may seem, I want to go to Navy Pier, sit on the Ferris Wheel and soak in the beauty of the city.

There's something about summer that brings out one's inner-child, with a sense of invincibility and a reawakened zest for life. Adults may not have recess or summer vacation, but something about simply being in the summer season makes everything seem happier. The world may be in disarray, but walking on the gorgeous streets of Chicago on a summer's day makes it seem as though everything is at peace.

So perhaps summertime livin' isn't easy, it's just easier.  And as Aaron Cohen pointed out in his most recent post, summer is also wedding season, so we get to be surrounded by beautiful displays of love and commitment. It almost sounds like a fairy tale.

Summer is the time for fun, so make sure to take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer over the next few months, from outdoor music to movie festivals. (Personally, I'm looking forward to listening to live music in Millennium Park.)

So what are you going to do to make the summer of 2012 memorable? Let me know in the comments below

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