Happy Fall TSPeeps! Autumn is here and I am possibly the happiest person on the planet. Even though the 85 degree weather can kiss it…cooler temps are on the way in! Now, what better way to celebrate than with some fresh and new fall must do ideas. Sure there are some typical ideas listed below, but there are some that are going to happen only once this fall and you do not want to miss out! Whether you do this with an amiga, a group of friends, your crazy ass kids, or with your make out partner, my goal here is to give you some new ideas for the best season of them all. With less outdoor things taking place in the city and suburbs, one must adjust to the changes and embrace what the new season is about to bring us. Grab your chunky sweater and bust a move, people. Let’s make this fall season the best one yet!!!
Calling all art lovers, EXPO Chicago is here and you want to be there! This weekend Navy Pier will play host to some of the most inventive, innovative and coolest modern art pieces to grace the city. It goes from Friday to Sunday and you can get tickets at the door for twenty bucks. One of my favorite events the city hosts. Go here for more info.
Hunt for treasures at The Randolph Street Market. This market is a must. You will find some seriously bad ass stuff there. There is so much of everything. Think refurbished furniture, antiques galore, handmade jewelry, funky finds and wordly treasures! Sprinkle in the best empañadas I’ve ever had and it’s a done deal. It’s up and running the last weekend of every month. Get there. I bartered for these cool ass beaded necklaces with a friendly dude from Africa – two for $20. You just gotta go. Here’s more info.
Go see and hear some jazz. Fall is the perfect time to hear some tunes. And even better, tunes you don’t typically check out. Jazz is a blast! I got into it a few years ago not thinking I would dig it at all, and lo and behold, I’m hooked. Andy’s Jazz on Hubbard is a blast and super old school. I hear Jazz Showcase is freaking awesome…we will definitely be checking that out in the next month.
Bunker down with a fall like book. Now that summer has sizzled out, pick up a perfect fall book and get after it. I’m totally taking on Bram Stoker’s Dracula after I finish To Sleep With Angels, a non-fiction book that covers the horrible and tragic school fire of 1958. So well written, but wish it never had to be in the first place. Here’s a list of my top favorite reads to help you get thinking.
Check out Andersonville. Or any neighborhood for that matter. But there is something so magical about this cute little northside neighborhood. You can walk up and down Clark to shop, pop in for a beer or try a must have dish. Hopleaf for beer and Big Jones for food is a route we often take.
Go to Vera for a quiet, delicious dinner. If you know me well, you know how I feel about this joint. It’s hands down, my favorite restaurant in the city. It’s the perfect place for two gals to catch up or a romantic night out for two love birds. Perfect spot for a first dinner date as well. Get the octopus, kale salad, tomato bread, olives and paella. Also, their wine list is exceptional! This place has my heart.
Check out an old ass cemetery. Oh man, I love nothing more than checking out old ass cemeteries! This is something I would do by myself, like a total creep. Spots like Graceland Cemetery and Rosehill are super old and neat. If you find yourself on the road in Michigan, keep your eyes peeled. There are some old ass, spooky ones roadside. Just don’t forget to thank the spirits for letting you visit. You wouldn’t want to come across as a rude house guest. A smart and cheeky friend of TSP offered a solid tip: “Bring a thermos filled with an Irish coffee. But don’t bonkers drunk or else you’ll have pissed spirits.” I concur!
Hit up the farmer’s market and make an amazing fall dinner. This is THE BEST time to get to the farmer’s market. All the colorful gourds, the apples, the peppers! I seriously can barely deal with myself when I first walk up to a fall time farmer’s market. Get your cute little booty to one before the end of the season, you won’t be sorry. But you will be if you don’t go! Here are your local farmer’s markets. Ps. Don’t forget some fairytale pumpkins to decorate your house with.
Hop on the train and explore a suburb. I want to do this with Lake Forest. I come by way of the western suburbs, so it makes sense for me to head north to explore. While up there, The Bahá’í House of Worship will be seen! Have you seen it? Must.
Take a yoga class! Ok save the date fellow yogis. I’ll be leading a class at Yoga Six South Loop next Thursday, September 29 at 6:45pm. Think outdoor (weather permitting) with a skyline view of the city, live DJ spinning vinyls and drinks to follow! Can’t think of a better way to bring in the fall season via yoga! New to yoga or thinking about, here’s why you should get your sexy ass on the mat this season.
Parade it up this Halloween! This is the 20th year the parade will take place on Halloween. I have not been yet, but dying to go. I can’t even imagine how spectacular and theatrical the costumes must be. Drag queens know know a thing or two about creating some of the best costumes in the world.
Get your Halloween on and go costume shopping. If you want to seriously get down with an awesome costume for the holiday, check out some of Chicago’s best costume stores. Chicago Costume on Fullerton in Lincoln Park and Fantasy Costume on Milwaukee are top notch. Get even more creative and check out some of our best vintage stores and Ragstock to really show up your friends this year! Here we are as Frankenstein and his Bride from last year’s Halloween celebrations. I bought my top at Ragstock in Bucktown for $30. It matches my wig! Here are some amazing ideas for couples.
Get to Dusek’s Blocktoberfest! The last weekend of September brings Dusek’s second annual Oktoberfest block party. Just like any good Oktoberfest party there will be plenty of beer, live music, good food and drunk people.
Grab the littles and go to The Halloween Gathering. Last year, the City of Chicago launched a kid friendly, family oriented Halloween extravaganza to get the city in the spirit of the season. It will take place on Saturday, October 22 at Millennium Park. The cultural and artsy people are coming together to give people one spooktacular festival and parade. Pack up the family and make a day of it this year!
Visit a local beer brewery. Here’s the deal. There are tons, especially in Chicago. From Laguanita’s and Half Acre to Revolution and Goose Island, the list goes on and on. Now, if you want to venture out of the city, no worries. A plethora of options await your arrival. Green Bush in Michigan is amazing, such a cool vibe. We are totally looking to get to 3 Floyds in Munster, IN this fall. Fingers crossed!
Cozy up and watch a scary ass movie. This is 100% my favorite pastime. And, I plan on doing just this this weekend with an amiga of mine! We haven’t decided which movie we’re going to watch, but here’s a list we can choose from. PLEASE! If you know of a spooky ass film to scare the bejeezus out of us, let me know! Side note: we’re making butternut squash raviolis with sage butter for dinner. I hear Conte De Savoi deli on Taylor has some of the best fall ravs in town!
Go on a coffee date – not at Starbucks. You would think I would steer you directly to Starbucks, but here in Chicago, smaller coffee shops have my attention and whole heart! Of course I get two or three pumpkin spice lattes throughout the season, but while the cooler temps drop, I am checking out some other favorite options too. Sawada Coffee in the West Loop has my favorite coffee drink of all – The Military – a matcha tea espresso latte. Heads up, you may crack out and get a week-long to do list completed. Grab one of their Doughnut Vault donuts while you’re at it. For something different and delicious, head over to Caffé Streets in Bucktown on Division for their turmeric latte. Holy shit, it’s divine. While you’re there grab one of their phenomenal juices and scones! Oak Park peeps, head to Addis Cafe on Oak Park Ave. Dark roast pour over and dried cherry scone. You’re welcome.
Have a Sunday Funday while watching some football and drinking some beers. I’m totally not a football fan. In fact, I have not a freaking clue as to what is happening during a game. However, watching a bunch of people go crazy over those big dudes smashing the shit out of each other on the field is so much fun! Go to a bar or go to a game, have some beers and go Bears! Home run!!!!
Frolic in a pumpkin patch! Whether you go with your friend, the ole ball and chain or the little ones – a pumpkin patch is the place to be this fall. You see, I am SO obsessed with gourds and all things autumn that I was proposed to in a pumpkin patch. That’s how much I worship pumpkins. There are tons of pumpkin patches outside of Chicago. One of my faves – Bengston’s, where I said yes.
Go get poo-in-your-pants scared out of your mind at Fright Fest Six Flags Great America. Nothing better than some good old fashioned scare tactics like zombies trying to kill you and rides that make you feel like you might pass away. If you do go to GA, get on Goliath and X Flight. Sorry in advance.
Go down The Rabbit Hole. No for real, go. This Alice and Wonderland themed bar opens soon and will have drinks inspired by that trippy story by C.S. Lewis. Taking up shop in Old Town, you’ll find little reminders of one of the best stories ever dreamt of. Or written after taking some hallucinogenics. Either way, this place has my name written all over it. Can’t wait to check it out!
Check out The Chicago International Film Festival. The festival is coming up in October and there are a ton of super intriguing movies to check out! This is the perfect time of year to get your inner movie lover on. We’re going on our second year as members and can’t wait for some bad ass screening opportunities to come our way. Last year I sat in on a special screening of Amy…heart wrenching, yet a must see.
Check out the leaves on a bike ride. Grab your helmet and go for a ride to see the fall foliage once it makes its grand entrance. There are so many places to go. From northside trails to bike rides through the forest preserves out west, the options are endless.
Have a Pumking beer. If you love pumpkin ales, trust me, you want to try this one. It’s strong, delicious and is basically fall in a bottle. It’s the best one in my opinion, which is saying a lot since I’ve tried most of them. Need more fall beers, no problem. Here are some of The Mister Project’s favorites!
Play dress up and then make out. Ok this one is obviously for you and a make out partner, but if this season isn’t a good excuse to play dress up in the bedroom, I don’t know what it is. Don’t be a prude.
Now go frolic and be one with fall, TSPeeps! Please don’t forget to share your must do’s for the season. Enjoy, peace! XOXO
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