Summer Fun


Many single women dread summer time and seek to hibernate and retreat because of the abundance of families and couples.  This does not have to be the case this summer.  If you live in a big city like me (Chicago) there are many activities and events to partake in.  Many can be enjoyed alone and many can be the catalyst for a girl’s day out or a girl’s get away weekend.  There are literally thousands of events going on around the country that will be great events for singles and for friends; they will also pose a great opportunity to meet more people. 

If you have been waiting for winter to be over as we have here in Chicago, you may have cabin fever.  Of course there are many indoor events you can go to and of course the restaurant scene is always a viable option, but there is nothing like being outside in the fresh air.  Even though there is always a parade going on throughout the year, being able to enjoy an event without a coat and gloves is a welcome change.  So whether you want to enjoy local activities or travel to another area, get ready for May to start the summer fun season.  The fun begins in May with Memphis in May a wonderful music festival near Beale Street.  Check your local newspapers or city websites for more information. 

June is a month where many cities and states have state fairs or county fairs.  This is another activity that can be enjoyed in groups or solo.  County fairs offer music, food, shopping.  One of the biggest celebrations in Chicago in June is Chicago Pride, which has a Parade and other activities throughout the weekend.  This is a weekend to celebrate with LBGT community and enjoy the music, costumes, dancing, food and fun.

July has even more to offer.  While there are neighborhood festivals with food and music all over this city I am sure that wherever you live may have the same offerings.  The biggest summer event in Chicago is the Taste of Chicago.  This event takes place right off of Lake Michigan and has food, music, entertainment tents and events for the entire family.  For house music lovers there will also be the Chosen Few Picnic which is a huge festival in the park with the world’s best and greatest House music DJ’s. 

August in the descent into the fall and though for those with children and those who are school teachers it signals the end of summer and there are just as many events as in June and July.  The Illinois State Fair begins in August.  The Illinois State Fair last year had a wine tasting tent, which provided much needed relief from the sun and a refreshing adult beverage or two to assist with cooling me off. 

While many of these events can be enjoyed in groups or with friends, a single woman can have just as much fun at the events alone.  Don’t forget to check your local listings for what your own offers.  If there is somewhere you want to go do your research and check websites like Frommer’s and other sites that offer tips for singles as well as proposed itineraries.  As we prepare to be out and about for summer remember to have fun, enjoy yourself and most importantly BE SAFE!