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Be "Cool for the Summer"!
Boothies, the bittersweet moment has come. In two weeks’ time, cozy classrooms will be replaced with small office cubicles, 90-minute Winter Garden lunches with quick snacks over a laptop, and TNDC (Thursday Night Drinking Club) nights out with burning the midnight oil in the office. But fear not – I have compiled a list of the best summer events to help you offset the stress of your new lifestyle.
If you are staying in Chicago for the summer, then Lollapalooza Music Festival (Grant Park, July 28-31) is a no-brainer. With such heavyweight headliners as Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. While general admission tickets are sold out, you can still find decently priced tickets on the secondary market (StubHub, Craigslist).
Chicago is dubbed “Blues capital of the world” and for good reason. Chicago Blues Festival (Grant Park, June 10-12) is not only one of the largest blues festivals in the world, but it’s also free and super fun to attend. Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, and Koko Taylor. This year, the fest features singer Shemekia Copeland, trombonist Fred Wesley & The New JB's, and an all-star tribute to Chicago musician Otis Rush.
Boothies in New York offices should also be hyped – there is definitely no shortage of amazing live shows, from Coldplay (July 17), Radiohead (July 27), and Blink 182 (Aug 13, 17), to Sting (June 24, 27), Drake (Aug 8) and Beyoncé (June 8).
For those looking for more cultural attractions, I recommend The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, free annual large-scale productions of The Bard’s most iconic works performed in Central Park. This year’s productions feature The Taming of the Shrew (May 24-June 26) and Troilus & Cressida (July 19-Aug 14). With a few exceptions, performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm, require a ticket picked up in advance, or via online lottery system.
San Francisco Jazz Festival (June 7-19), which will host 43 shows over a two-week period, is sure to please aficionados. If jazz isn’t your scene, check out Stern Grove (June 19-Aug 21), a free festival with a wide array of performers from underground hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics, to the iconic San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
For those finishing their internship early and looking for a mind-blowing, once in a lifetime experience, Burning Man (Black Rock City Desert, Nevada, Aug 28-Sept 5) is an excellent option. Imagine yourself in the middle of the desert with 70,000+ like-minded enthusiasts whose main principals are self-reliance, self-expression, and creativity. The event culminates traditionally on a Saturday with the symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy ("the Man"). While the event is sold officially sold out, tickets are still available on the secondary market.
Alex will spend his sleepless summer working for the (not burning) man at Credit Suisse in New York, while jet-setting to Russia, Europe, and California.