Summer isn’t quite over. Make some memories before your classes resume.
1. Take a hike
Zombies are unlikely, but there are lots of places to hike. Locally, try the Forest Preserves of Cook County, or the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Here’s a map of the Kane County Properties to get you started!
2. Try a picnic
Once you decide on your hiking spot, you may need food. This site from BuzzFeed gives you 37 ways to have a great picnic. Some ideas are a little fancy, some crazy, and some super creative. Basically, you need easy-to-eat food and drinks, a blanket, music, and someone to share it all with.
3. Listen under the stars
If you get an evening with no rain, (and after your picnic) how about a great outdoor concert? One great example is the Grant Park Music Festival, but there are many options in the ‘burbs are well. Metromix has a good listing of options, and many local communities have Concerts in the Park throughout the summer.
4. Did someone say Drive-In?
If you aren’t into a concert under the stars, how about a movie? Although there aren’t too many drive-in venues left, both The Cascade Drive in in West Chicago and Golden Age Cinemas in McHenry both offer up-to-date movies for a piece of nostalgia.
5. Run, Forrest, Run!
To run off all the picnic food or to just get more active, try a race! You don’t need to race against others–just set a goal for yourself. This site has upcoming Illinois races, by county, and you can also contribute to the charity from that page. Additionally, you can restrict to the type of race (marathon, anyone?) Here’s another site with Illinois runs.
Make the most of the waning summer days!