Chicago Summer Festival Challenge

This weekend I missed Jazzfest and Ribfest for no good reason. I really should have been there and I regret not going. I have decided I will attend as many festivals as possible and share my experience to atone for my past laziness. I have attached a list of Chicago festivals via Metromix

18-21: Fiestas Puertorriquenas | Humboldt Park
19-20: Chicago Ale Fest | Grant Park
19-21: Oakley Festa Pasta Vino | Little Village
19-21: Windy City Lake Shake | Northerly Island
20-21: 6 Corners BBQ Fest | Portage Park
20-21: Green Music Fest | Wicker Park
20-21: Gold Coast Art Festival | Gold Coast
20-21: Chicago Pride Fest | Boystown
21: Make Music Chicago | Various locations
25-28: Back Lot Bash | Andersonville
27-28: World's Largest Block Party | University Village
27-28: Randolph Street Market Festival | West Loop
27-28: Elston Avenue Sausage and Music Festival | Irving Park
28: Pride Parade | Boystown

3-5: African/Caribbean International Festival of Life | Union Park
3-5: Windy City Ribfest | Uptown
8-12: Taste of Chicago | Grant Park
10-12: Ruido Fest | Pilsen
10-12: Square Roots Music Festival | Lincoln Square
10-12: Michigan Avenue Art Festival | Streeterville
10-12: Irish American Heritage Festival | Mayfair
10-12: Windy City Smokeout | River North
11-12: Taste of Lakeview | Lakeview
11-12: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Roscoe Village
11-12: West Fest | West Town
17-19: Taste of River North | River North
17-19: BenFest | North Center
17-19: Pitchfork Music Festival | Union Park
18-19: Sausagefest | Old Town
18-19: Summer on Southport | Lakeview
18-19: Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival | Lincoln Park
18-19: Chicago Craft Beer Festival | Soldier Field
18-19: Celebrate Clark Street Festival | Rogers Park
19: Chinatown Summer Fair | Chinatown
24-26: Jeff Fest and Music Festival | Jefferson Park
25: Chicago Margarita Festival | Northerly Island
25-26: Chicago Hot Sauce Fest | Avondale
25-26: Taste of Lincoln Avenue | Lincoln Avenue
25-26: Randolph Street Market Festival | West Loop
25-26: Wicker Park Fest | Wicker Park
30-8/2: Fiesta del Sol | Pilsen
31-8/2: Lollapalooza | Grant Park

1: Taste of Latin America | Humboldt Park
1-2: Edge Fest | Edgewater
7-9: Chicago Hot Dog Fest | Gold Coast
7-9: Retro on Roscoe | Roscoe Village
8: Bud Billiken Parade | Bronzeville
8-9: Wrigleyville Summerfest | Wrigleyville
8-9: Northalsted Market Days | Boystown
12: Taste of Andersonville | Andersonville
13-16: Festa Italiana | Little Italy
14-16: Edison Park Fest | Edison Park
14-16: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest | Rogers Park
15-16: Chicago Air & Water Show | North Avenue Beach
15-16: Great American Lobster Fest | Navy Pier
15-16: Reggae Fest Chicago | 
20: Clark After Dark | Gold Coast
22-23: Albany Park World Fest | Albany Park
22-23: Chicago Food Social | The Loop
22-23: West Loop Art Fest | West Loop
22-23: Taste of Greektown | Greektown
25-29: Chicago Dancing Festival | Various locations
28-9/7: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival | Mag Mile
29-30: Bucktown Arts Fest | Bucktown
29-30: Chicago Fashion Fest | Ukrainian Village
29-30: Randolph Street Market Festival | West Loop

3-13: Chicago Fringe Festival | Jefferson Park
3-6: Chicago Jazz Festival | Grant Park
3-6: Englewood Jazz Festival | Englewood
4-7: Taste of Polonia | Jefferson Park
4-7: African Festival of the Arts | Washington Park
4-6: North Coast Music Festival | Union Park
11-13: Riot Fest | Humboldt Park
11-13: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Lakeview
11-12: Shock Top Oyster Fest | Roscoe Village
11-12: Windy City Wine Festival | Downtown
11-13: German American Fest | Lincoln Square
11-13: Festival de la Villita | Pilsen
11-12: World Music Festival | Millennium Park
12: Venetian Night | Navy Pier
12-13: Ukrainian Village Fest | Ukrainian Village
12-13: Andersonville City Made Fest | Andersonville
19-20: Ravenswood ArtWalk | Ravenswood
19-20: Lakeview Taco Fest | Lakeview
19-20: Renegade Craft Fair | Wicker Park
20: Logan Square Beer Festival | Logan Square
25-27: Chicago Gourmet | Millennium Park
25-27: Oktoberfest Chicago | Lakeview
26-27: Edgewater Fall Art Fair | Edgwater
26-27: Design Harvest Fest | West Town
26-27: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Hyde Park

Fertile Enough for Love.

If I knew a love as great as this was coming, I would never have settled. I would love to say that I am a girl who has always known her worth and never took off her crown but that would be smoke and mirrors. I have to catch myself when I am tempted to tangle myself in regret or loose my senses in the possibility of a forever love. There is also that task of keeping myself open to the possibility of it, I think if I'm honest it is more like not letting the fear that it will not happen keep me from trying. I have a robust understanding of why self-love is said to be a revolutionary act and being loved gives you courage. 

Love is blooming in ways I would have never imagined because I am now fertile enough to allow it, I want it. I am learning to nurture it and patiently let it grow. A true love forces you to nurture yourself. It demands that you see yourself the way it sees you. Some people need a haphazard, rollercoaster kind of love. 

The love that has grown beside me is peaceful and diligent. You see, he gets up every morning and goes to work, sends a message midday and comes home in the evening. This is the kind of love that shows up humbly at your front down with its hat in its hand placed gently over its heart.

 My son anticipates his arrival like the tetris piece that completes the row. 

There are days when the act of blending a family and learning to let love grow feel a long way away but in the quite moments his dedication is undeniable. Everyday he chooses us and everyday we bask in his light.

Winter 2015

Winter 2015

Summer 2014

Summer 2014