School’s Out for the Summer: 5 Events to Attend During Your Break


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Brent Sumner, Assistant Tempo Editor

With school starting to wind down, students are beginning to plan for the summer. Internships, jobs and summer school may make it hard to plan any big trips; however, there are several major events taking place this summer that don’t demand too much travel, so you don’t have to lose a lot of time at jobs or spend that hard-earned money on a lot of gas.

#1: Taste of Chicago

For all Chicagoans, the Taste of Chicago is a great outdoor food festival that introduces people to the immense varieties of food Chicago has to offer. Since 1980, the Taste of Chicago has been held in Grant Park, which is right on the lakefront. People are able to indulge in the Windy City’s delicacies, as well as enjoy live music and family-friendly activities. The event is held in July, and “The Taste” has been referred to as the world’s largest food festival.

#2: Vans Warped Tour

Entering its 19th year, Warped Tour originally started as a way to get punk rock bands, as well as the punk rock genre, noticed. As time went on, however, Warped Tour has broadened the music genre and expanded the amount of bands playing. With as many as 100 bands playing during the day, Warped Tour gives each artist 30 minutes to perform. Warped has built up a reputation as a series that gives up-and-coming artists a chance in the competitive music industry. Some of the bands that will be touring this year are Billy Talent, Motion City Soundtrack, Silverstein and many others. Vans Warped Tour will be at the First Midwest Bank
Amphitheater July 20.

#3: Lollapalooza

Created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza was revived in 2003, and it has continually entertained huge crowds in Grant Park in downtown Chicago. The concert hosts more than 160,000 people in a span of three days. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, then I regret to inform you that you are out of luck. With every day being sold out on the Lollapalooza site, it looks like the turnout for the concert will be just like the past years. Some of the big bands performing are The Lumineers, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cure and Nine Inch Nails. “Lolla” runs from Aug. 2-4.

#4: Country USA/Country Thunder

If alternative, college and new wave music isn’t up your alley, then Wisconsin will be hosting two concert series that focus solely on the southern genre. Country USA is in Oshkosh, while Country Thunder is in Twin Lakes, both offering the wide-open country feel for anyone who wants to sing along with some country twang. Country Thunder spans four days, while Country USA spans five days, giving everyone more than enough entertainment — and possibly sunburn. Both country music festivals will be hosting some great artists like Jake Owen, Brad Paisley and Eric Church. Country USA starts June 25, and Country Thunder begins July 18.

#5: Chicago Air & Water Show

If you are looking for something that is easier to fit in a tight budget, then the Chicago Air and Water Show is a perfect solution. The air and water show is free for anyone to attend, and takes place on the lakefront of North Avenue Beach. The two-day event showcases daredevil pilots, parachute teams, jets flying in formation and even water-skiing and boat jumps. Entering its 55th year, the Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the United States. For those looking for a different yet entertaining show to attend, the Chicago Air and Water Show is Aug. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brent Sumner

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