The Timeless Pursuit of Summer Fun
I remember back in my post-college days, I played pick-up basketball with a regular group of guys, a couple of whom were in their mid 30s. Even though they were only a dozen years or so my senior, I remember thinking that it was great that “old guys” like them were still even trying to play. Fast forward a few decades and now I am the old guy out on the court trying to compete with players much younger than myself. I enjoy the challenge but mostly I just appreciate being able to still play a game that I love.
That’s why reading Joni Hirsch Blackman’s column on page 18 brought a smile to my face. It’s about a group of 60- to 80-something-year-old guys who play regular pick-up softball games throughout the summer. While the field they play on is located in Naperville, the group draws players from a number of west suburban communities. Most had played ball in their younger years and they just wanted to recapture some of the fun and camaraderie. I could definitely relate.
Speaking of playing ball, the Kane County Cougars season is now well underway. It’s been awhile since I last made it out to a game, but it really is a great way to spend a relaxing summer afternoon or evening. Taking in a Cougars game is but one of more than 20 must-dos on the “Summer Bucket List” we put together on page 38. Other fun suggestions include heading over to the Cascade in West Chicago — one of the last drive-in theaters in the state — to catch a flick in your car or under the stars. Or if you prefer live theatre or music, the western suburbs are blessed with some wonderful outdoor venues for those forms of entertainment as well. As we well know, warm weather is all too fleeting here in Chicago, so we hope our “bucket list” gives you some helpful ideas for making the most of your summer.
Although there is no shortage of great places to go and things to do in the western suburbs — as our Out & About calendar of events section and Summer Fun Guide clearly show — sometimes it’s still nice to just get away. For many west suburbanites, that means heading north to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. To capture the essence of the popular vacation town for our Getaway feature on page 22, we turned to a longtime Lake Geneva resident to write the article. Whether you are a regular lake-goer or are simply in search of a great warm-weather weekend destination, we hope you find the feature of interest.
There are plenty of other enjoyable and helpful articles in this issue as well, from our Q&A with Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls on page 16, to our roundup of area Farmers Markets on page 54. Enjoy and as always, thanks for being a reader!Edit Module