This weekend, there are two things happening (memorial day, amazing weather) and one thing emphatically not happening (your thesis). The three day weekend right after the thesis deadline is a pretty sweet deal. Also, on the day I turned in my thesis, I found $40 in a parking lot. I’m just saying, good things can happen this weekend.
The MAPH office has been looking forward to the three-day weekend for a while, and we’ve put together out thoughts on the best way to spend it – read on for suggestions!
Morton Arboretum: You need a friend with a car but it is big enough to get away from the crowds of children at the visitor center and hike around.
Grosse Point Lighthouse: Visit Evanston, there is a little beach, a lighthouse to tour, and you get out of Hyde Park!
Logan Arcade – An arcade bar on Western/Fullerton, they have a fantastic selection of classic games and some of the coolest/most terrifying pinball you’ve ever seen. For example, Bad Cats.
1. Do you, boo. If that means sleeping for 24 hours and eating 10 packs of cookies, now is the time.
2. Absorb as much Vitamin D as possible before you head back to the library. For Hyde Parkers, the 57th Street Beach is easily in reach; for others, the Oak Street Beach is remarkably close to downtown attractions (like all the shopping you’ve been meaning to do).
OK, I mean, ideally I would say get out of Chicago altogether this weekend. Short of that, though, my advice would be to take a good long trip on the purple line. If you’re taking Maren’s advice about the Grosse Point Lighthouse, then you’ll also be within a mile of the Baha’i House of Worship, which is the oldest surviving Baha’i temple in the world (it was completed in 1953, but hey, Americans have to take “oldest” wherever we can get it).
Food/drink-wise, it’s hard to beat Big Star. They have delicious tacos. They have, like, a million whiskeys. There’s invariably a wait for tables, but sitting around with some choice bourbon is a pretty good way to pass the time, especially if you’re not filled with anxiety about how you could be working on your thesis right now.