As you've likely already surmised, this summer I'm headed to Chicago. Considering how many weekends I whiled away in the city last summer, it'll be nice to actually be living in the thick of it all. Of course, there's a reason for this sudden change in scenery; during my stay I'll be interning at Time Out Chicago in their web editorial department. I'm told I'll get to try my hand at a little bit of writing, sling code on their website, and make trips to Starbucks. I'm confident it's going to be a great experience, although it will be a little bit strange seeing my work on a site that's not named after a Wilco lyric.
Internship aside, the real allure of being in Chicago over the summer is the abundance of live music that seems to gravitate towards the city. At the moment, I'm really looking forward to catching Pavement at the Pitchfork Music Festival in July. I'll also be checking out the street festivals, such as Taste of Randolph and Wicker Park Fest. In fact, the weekend I get into town, Akron/Family is playing just down the street from my apartment at the Metronome Celebration! On top of that, Millennium Park has a pretty amazing line-up of free shows this year as part of their New Music Mondays and Edible Audible Picnic series. Right now, I'm particularly looking forward to back-to-back performances by Dosh and the Books, as well as On Fillmore joined by Nels Cline. Needless to say, I feel like a kid in a candy store.
Rest assured, I'll be doing my best to keep my little corner of the internet up to date with as many pictures and reviews as I can find the time to post. It's going to be a tremendous summer, thanks in advance for coming along for the ride. Here are a few of my favorite Chicago-related songs to whet your appetite.