The rain is moving out and this weekend might be the first with some consistent summer weather, so get your summer bucket-list started with these three essential stops.
No Chicago summer is complete without going to Mario’s Italian Lemonade in University Village. Since 1954, their fruit-covered italian ice has been famous city-wide and essential summer spot. The best flavor? Watermelon. Hands down. Just watch out for the seeds. I swallowed one once, and a watermelon ended up growing inside me. True story. Worst summer ever. But totally worth it.
Dine outside this weekend at one of the hundreds of Chicago outdoor dining spots. This weekend’s pick: Moody’s Pub on the north side. Established back in 1959, Moody’s has been cited as “best burgers in Chicago” by the Tribune, Sun-Times, and Chicago Magazine. The Gourmetour says “the prices are totally worth while too. A pitcher of sangria is about $10 and gives you 6 glasses. Burgers depend, but are about 7 or 8 bucks… if the weather is nice and you want to spend some time enjoying a cold glass of sangria and a yummy batch of onion rings outside, then go for it!” It’s located right at Broadway and Thorndale, but the spacious, enclosed patio allows you to enjoy the meal away from the street. The Chicago Burger Project describes it as “picnic tables shaded by a picturesque tree canopy. In a word: marvelous. Summer, Chicago, and Moody’s beer garden are inextricbibly intertwined.” There’s free parking, and also a web-coupon for 1/2 a second sandwich or dinner.
Weekend events in Chicago: While you’re up on the north side, end the night with a dive at Rogers Park’s Red Line Tap. Tonight (Thursday) is open mic night and Saturday is Metal Up Your Tap featuring Reptoids, a female fronted heavy rock quartet, Chapstik, Trials, and Arbogast. If the heavy metal locals isn’t your style, the drink special for Saturday is $3.00 Goose Islands, so just go anyway.