1) Randolph Street Market Festival, June 25-26, and once at the end of every month at Plumber's Hall. A street fair centered around shopping? Psssh, too easy.
2) Sausagefest, June 4-5 in Lakeview. Calm down, it's a real street fair. It's also meat-centric, but still boasts typical street fair staples like Shock Top. Welcome back summer, welcome back.
3) Yoga in Millennium Park, every Saturday, June 5-September 11. Outdoor exercise doesn't have to be all about running. Everything is zen in the sunshine this summer.
4) Old Town Art Fair in Lincoln Park, June 11-12. If you ask us, strolling in the summer air while simultaneously supporting local and Midwestern artists seems like a fine way to spend a weekend. This one is great for a day with the fam, too!
5) Jellies at Shedd Aquarium, through May 28, 2012. These lil guys creep us out, but this convenient Shedd exhibit keeps us far from the sting-y parts while letting us bask in their beauty.
6) Go to the pool already! Chicago has several public parks with swimming pools. Each has designated swim times based on age, family status, etc. So, you don't have to share your lap lane with a four-year-old in arm-floaties, unless you want to.
7) Movies in the Parks, June 14-September 16. Throughout the city, parks open up their space for movies—and they’re free! We're sweet on the Grease sing-a-long in Bucktown. What’s your fave?
8) Go to the beach. We have one, okay? It counts! Major SPF coverage required at all times.
9) Taste of Randolph on Randolph Street, June 17-19. Bring your sun-starved, your hungry, your booze-craving masses yearning to eat cheap. Randolph Street's restos move into the street to bring you teeny tastes of their best. Delish.
10) Take a Shopwalk guided shopping tour of one of five Chicago neighborhoods. While we trust our shopping instincts completely, it would be nice to get a second opinion.
11) Eat a taco on the patio at Big Star. Okay who are we kidding, eat several. The horchata is also delicious.
12) Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, June 24-July 3. A huge, eclectic music lineup and more Chicago restaurants than you can shake a corndog on a stick at.
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