While I'm a huge fan of stumbling upon a new street fair by accident, it's all about strategy. Before you take to the streets, a few quick prep-steps are key.
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 30 Travel Size, $2.99, available at Drugstore.com.
A good canvas tote can easily take the place of a traditional bag during street fair season. Comfy canvas feels much better than leather in sticky summer conditions. Plus, there's plenty of room to stash fab handmade finds you spot at the fest. Eco-Friendly Canvas Tote Bag, $8, available at Etsy.
Be sweet to your feet this summer, you're going to need them! Investing in a great pair of comfy, stylish sandals is money well spent—you'll feel the difference after hours on your feet trolling up and down Lincoln Avenue. Arden Ankle Cuff Sandals by ROSEGOLD, $168, available at Shopbop.
We are all well aware that summer fun can't last forever, but the photos can. There is no greater mid-January pick-me-up then reminiscing over summertime photos. Okay, maybe a vacay to the Caribbean works too, but this is the low-budget version of therapy, k? If your go-to digicam has been dropped on the concrete one too many times, upgrade.
Canon PowerShot S95, $399.99, available at BestBuy.
Enjoy! Bask in the summer sun and soak up every bit of Chicago's best season. Take advantage of the fact that you're not wearing three layers plus a winter coat and relax together with the rest of the city. Head outside of your comfort zone and try a street fair in a neighborhood that's not your own. Any time you feel a little too toasty, remember the Blizzaster of 2011. Exactly. See you outside!