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June 2010
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One Great Chicago Weekend!

The Blackhawks take the Stanley Cup to Tavern on Rush for dinner

Since the circus takes a day off today at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, I figured we’d enjoy this great weekend forgetting, if only for the weekend,  the shady, and probably illegal, political deals we heard testimony about Thursday. 

This weekend is arguably this year’s best weekend with all the activities going on around town.   

First, and most importantly, there is a victory parade Friday morning starting at 10:30am, beginning at the corners of Washington and Wacker downtown.  The parade will work its way east on Washington to Michigan Avenue and then work its way north to Wacker and Michigan where there will be a rally.  Good times; the word is hundreds of thousands of people will be out for the parade and rally.  The good news for me: my office is two blocks away from the rally.  The bad news for me: my office is two blocks from the rally. 

And again note what an awesome city we live in.  The Blackhawks went on a little tour of the city with the Cup like we were in small town America.  Little kids asked to hug it: no problem, said the Hawks.  Jonathan Toews didn’t go to sleep Wednesday night/Thursday morning and ate at Ann Sathers right as the morning rush hour began.  He signed autographs and sat unfazed by the rush of people near him.   These hockey players were out amongst us– the fans– all day allowing us to share in the celebration and meet Lord Stanley’s Cup.  It certainly is refreshing.  We have to thank the Hawks for not only winning the Cup, but sharing it with the city, as much as they could less than 24 hours after they won the thing. 

The parade only starts the weekend.  Cubs/Sox starts at 1:20pm at Wrigley and continues on the northside for a three game set.  I wonder how many people will be in the stands at 1:20 Friday?  The good thing for fans of both teams: somebody has to win. 

The one thing the baseball teams have in common this year is that their fans are singing the Blues– so after the game, you might want to get to Grant Park to see the Chicago Blues Festival, which starts Friday. 

Andersonville’s Midsommerfest also kicks off Saturday.  This street fest is always a treat, as its held on what I think is the best mile of restaurants in the city.  To taste some of the food get on up to Clark Street north of Foster. 

For all of the bibliophiles out there, the Printer’s Row Book Fair also starts Saturday morning down in Printers’ Row– this event runs all day Saturday and Sunday and is one of my favorite events the city has to offer.   Probaby millions of books for sale.  I’m looking forward to spending some time on South Dearborn this weekend. 

Chicago Ribfest is also this weekend in NorthCenter.  That should draw over 50,000 people at the corners of Irving Park, Damen & Lincoln. 


And don’t forget the Old Town Art Fair!  Yet another great event.

 Have a great weekend and get out there and enjoy yourself.   Too much to do this weekend to stay at home. 

And don’t worry, we’ll get back to politics next week.  But until then, let’s actually enjoy ourselves.

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