10 Notable Chicagoans Share What They Love about Summer

By J.P. Anderson | May 20, 2019 | People

Notable Chicagoans share their favorite things about the city’s most fabulous season.

Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, Joffrey Ballet

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“Dinner on the roof at Homestead and outdoor concerts with the Grant Park Orchestra.”

Joshua Millman, owner, Passion House Coffee Roasters

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Courtesy photo by Belen Aquino

“Chicago Cubs games and going to skate parks with my kids and wife.”

Melissa Thodos, founder and artistic director, Thodos Dance Chicago

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Courtesy photo by Cheryl Mann

“As someone who likes to move, I bike along the Lake Michigan path any chance I can. And alfresco dining is a must.”

Michael Salvatore, owner, Heritage Bicycles

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“Bike rides along the lake and day drinking on a patio, whether it’s Moody’s, Parsons or Antique Taco in Bridgeport.”

Tony Priolo, chef/owner, Piccolo Sogno/Maillard Tavern/Nonnina

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“The city is booming with happy people that have been waiting to enjoy summer dining, baseball and outdoor celebrations.”

Ahmed Braimah, owner, Eleven|Eleven

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Courtesy photo by Trey White

“Afternoon runs on The 606 and flag football in Lincoln Park”

Janet Owen, realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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“My summertime happy place is on Lake Michigan sailing with my husband. And I love my little city garden—it’s our oasis.”

Gillion Carrara, adjunct professor, SAIC department of art history, theory and criticism; founding director, SAIC Fashion Resource Center

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Courtesy photo by Quinn Warton

“I take a different neighborhood and walk for the day, looking up at the sky and the architectural details.”

Mike Simmons, chef/partner, Cafe Marie-Jeanne

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Courtesy photo by Brian Eaves

“Watching people go buck wild after a long winter’s nap. Put on some Wayfarers, grab your best pal, and find an icy daiquiri on a rooftop.”

Rebecca Besser, Vice President, Intersport

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“Girls’ lunch and people-watching at Tavern on Rush, early morning walks along the lake and taking my annual architectural boat tour.”



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