As summer begins to fade to make way for fall, we’re soaking up as many warm-weather activities as we can before cooler temps set in. Here’s our team’s last-minute Chicago summer bucket list:
Photo Credit: Camille Styles
Take my daughter for a picnic at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Spend an afternoon lounging by the lakefront with a good book.
Attend a concert at Wrigley Field.
Kayak in the Chicago river.
Buy my first piece of Chicago paraphernalia; go Cubs!
Spend a day at the beach with my family’s pup, Sam!
Watch a movie in the park.
Watch the Navy Pier fireworks from the harbor.
Hit up Cindy’s for a rooftop cocktail.
What’s on your last-minute summer bucket list?
We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about.
Nike is the latest brand to jump on the millennial pink bandwagon:
“As of Wednesday, you can find a 23-piece selection of blush-colored products, from sports bras to sneakers, on Nike’s site, proving the trendy (perhaps too trendy) hue isn’t going anywhere.”
We can’t wait for Mindy Kaling’s sure-to-be-hilarious book on parenthood:
“I think I’ve decided that unlike everything else in my life, I’m going to be fast and loose about kids.”
Our favorite female celebs share their guilty pleasures:
“Young adult books like The Hunger Games. I am addicted. People can’t write them fast enough!” – Same, Eva Chen.
Princess Charlotte is taking notes from her mom:
The littlest royal just performed her first curtsy!
As a mom of a toddler (I can’t believe she’s old enough for me to write that!), I have found that my Instagram feed has taken a drastic turn from the days of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, to “Are you a cute mom who can help me with sippy cups?!” #momlife Thankfully a crop of amazing women has feeds brimming with inspiration for this new phase of my life — and some eye-catching photos and product picks even if you don’t have children.
I stumbled upon Liz’s feed and realized her son is just a month shy of my daughter, Callie. Jackpot! I’m always looking for someone who can relate to the current baby stage I’m in. She’s a fantastic photographer and provides endless funny #momlife struggles in her Instagram stories, adorable updates on her children’s milestones, and gorgeous design inspo.
I have always enjoyed Sequins & Stripes, but I felt a closer connection to Liz, who is pregnant with her second, once I had my own daughter. I love following her product recommendations for her son, Charlie (be it essentials oils or the best clothing stores for babes) alongside product picks for her easygoing style.
Caitlin is a mama-of-all-trades who moonlights as an editor at Glitter Guide and an event floral designer, all while running the blog, The Mama Notes, and chasing her daughter, Piper. Her feed manages to be oh-so-calming (I don’t know how she does it) and full of incredible ideas (especially yummy, toddler-friendly dishes, which I love!)
There’s no question that putting on a nice dress and heading out for a fancy dinner is enjoyable, but often, the best nights are those spent in laid-back and causal restaurants with friends. This summer I plan on spending lots of time doing just that at Park & Field, a vintage sports bar with everything you could ever want and more.
The restaurant combines an old-school gymnasium aesthetic with new-school delicious cuisine. The best part is the 6,000 square foot patio that is filled with a bonfire pit, bocce ball courts, an outdoor bar, and seating that permits you to watch your favorite live sports on TV. Known to be one of the biggest outdoor patios in Chicago, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful summer night with a melting s’more in one hand, and a cold drink in the other.
Images via Park & Field and Instagram