Two Things Local Chicagoans Do That Tourists Don’t Do
I wanted to make it at least three things that local Chicagoans do that tourists don’t do, but I could only come up with two really good ones. I’m sure you can provide me with more!
#1 Thing that Chicagoans do that tourists don’t do?
The Lake. I seriously cannot get over how often tourists don’t go to the lake. I can’t think of one time honestly, where a tour guest told me they brought their bathing suits and they’re headed to the beach. Not one time. Not one time? Because, on a sunny, hot Saturday, I can assure you that a lot of Chicago is at the beach.
We’re grilling, we’re swimming, we’re smooching, we’re drinking – we’re doing all kinds of things at the lake! I’ve been going to the lake since I was little. As soon as we could ride our bikes to the lake on our own – LAKE! Teenagers? LAKE. College? LAKE. Yesterday?? LAKE.
It is such a huge part of who we are and what we do with ourselves, it really does surprise me that tourists barely even go over there.
#2 Thing that Chicagoans do that tourists don’t do?
I suppose “go to the neighborhoods” could just be the #2 answer but the tourists don’t even know about the festivals. And this is where you will find a majority of Chicagoans, depending on the weekend, drinking, eating and dancing at one of the fests.
And the tourists really have NO idea this is happening. None. It’s fun to try and explain a neighborhood festival to tourists and why it’s so much fun for us, what a scene it is.
I remember going to a “street fest” in NYC one year and it was hilarious. It was old make-up and cheap sock bundles. It wasn’t the food, drink and Mr. Blotto we’ve all come to know and love.
By the way, you have Jane Byrne to thank for those neighborhood festivals – she started 16 neighborhood festivals because she didn’t want everything to be in the Loop (ChicagoFest namely, which she swears was a Bilandic idea). So, don’t let ’em fool you, she was not the worst.
I know there are other things we do that tourists never even really know about, but besides “brunch” I couldn’t really think of anything else.