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UPDATE! It's been an eventful summer, but it's not over yet. Here are some fresh tips from RedEye on new spots to check out and new events to hit to help you check off items on your checklist before time runs out.

To help you complete these challenges, RedEye Eat & Drink section editor Lisa Arnett and RedEye nightlife and events reporter Kate Bernot have some tips and other info.

1. Score a patio seat at Big Star
All-summer activity!
(1531 N. Damen Ave.; 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Monday-Friday; 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Sunday)

-Skip the chips and guac--$8 is pretty steep; for that price, you could have almost three more tacos! -KB
-We know it's all about whiskey here, but don't overlook the paloma, made with tequila and Mexican Fresca plus grapefruit and lime juices. Can't beat it on a hot day. -LA
-It's cash only! You'll need at least a 20-spot. -JG

2. Grill on the beach
Open May 25-Sept. 3

-Rules, according to the Chicago Park District: "Grilling or any type of open flame is prohibited in the sand. Grills must be on pavement in a pre-approved location."
-Montrose Beach allows it! Remember to douse hot coals with water when packing up (4400 N. Lake Shore Drive; 11 a.m.-7p.m.).

3. Go to Riot Fest and Carnival in Humboldt Park
Sept. 13-15
(1440 N. Humboldt Drive)

-Hustle to get your tickets--currently $119.98 for a three-day pass and will increase to $149.98 until the fest is sold-out.
-Headliners and acts include Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Blondie, Brand New, Motorhead and more. Full list here.
-Keep an eye out for after-parties to be announced at nearby venues. Perfect way to enjoy the fest on your own terms or to extend the party if you're going. -JG

4. Squat on a curb at a street fest
All-summer activity!

-There are dozens of fests throughout Chicago this summer. Here's a guide for every weekend:
-Get one of those foot-long corn dogs. The line is long and you'll look silly, but ... no regrets. -JG

5. Join a softball team or sub for a game
All-summer activity!

-Try Chicago Sport & Social Club if you're looking to join a league.
-Don't have a team (or money to be on one)? Check Craigslist! Teams are always looking for subs for a few games:

6. Invite yourself over to a friend's rooftop with awesome views
All-summer activity!

-Play these playlists and relax: Lollapalooza 2013 (Lollapalooza 2013), Pitchfork 2013 (Pitchfork Music Fest 2013 Lineup), more to come.
-The sunset in Chicago is just after 8 p.m.
-Sunrise in Chicago is just before 5:30 a.m.

7. Get a lawn spot at Downtown Sound
May 27-July 29
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.; 6:30 p.m.)

-Here's a full guide to the lineup:
-Highlights: Sharon Von Etten (June 3), Dawes (July 8), Dessa (July 29) -JG

8. Go watch the Chicago Fire
All-summer activity!
Toyota Park (7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, Ill.)

-Full season schedule:
-An express bus to the park departs the Orange Line Midway station every 20 minutes two hours before game start times. It costs $1.75, normal Pace fare, or a normal transfer fee is charged. -JG
-For $20, you can hop The Globe Pub's bus to Toyota Park. Includes refreshments! -JG

9. Grab a Mario's Italian Lemonade
All-summer activity!
(1068 W. Taylor St.; 10 a.m.-midnight)

-They don't have a phone number, so don't bother calling before you go. -LA
-"Whatever you do, just don't call it Italian ice." -KB
-So much good grub in that area of Little Italy, too! Here's a short guide from a food trek we took recently if you get hungry afterward:,0,4605676.story -KB

10. House party!
All-summer activity!

-Jell-O shots, please. -JG

11. Free Chicago Parks activities
All-summer activity!

-SummerDance kicks off in Grant Park June 27 (through Sept. 15):
-Millennium Park workouts are bright and early at 7 a.m., June 8 - Aug. 31:

12. Ride the Water Taxi to Chinatown
May 28

-Weekends only until May 28.
-One-way fare is $6 from Michigan Avenue.
-Weekends and holiday are $1 more than daily fare.
-Schedule and times here:

13. Catch a Cubs or Sox game from the bleachers
Now through Sept. 29 (end of regular season)
Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.)
U.S. Cellular Field (333 W. 35th St.)

-Cubs season schedule:
-White Sox season schedule:
-Main entrance to the Wrigley bleacher seats is at Waveland and Sheffield.
-Seats are not assigned! Fend for yourself, but don't try to save rows of seats, jerk.
-No beer vendors out here. Go up to the bar at the top to get served.

14. BYOB at a restaurant patio
All-summer activity!

-25+ patios open now for the season:,0,2957535.photogallery
-Preview: Patios and rooftops opening soon!,0,2957535.photogallery
-"I like Irazu, 90 Miles and Birchwood Kitchen." -KB
-Lastly: Here are some spots to grab some growlers-to-go for your BYOB adventure:

15. See an outdoor movie
June 13-Sept. 14
150 parks throughout Chicago

-Classics like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Birds" will be featured, as well as "The Amazing Spider-Man" and other newer films.
-Full Movies in the Park schedule:
-Must-sees: "The Birds" at Belmont Harbor (June 17), "Spaceballs" at Independence Park (June 21), "The Goonies" at Sauganash Park (June 24), "Jurassic Park" at Wicker Park (July 25)
-P.S.: RedEye *may* be doing our own outdoor movies series this summer ... stay tuned for an announcement on social media!

16. Picnic at Promontory Point
All-summer activity!
Burnham Park (5491 S. Shore Drive; 6 a.m.-11 p.m.)

-A few suggestions on what to pick up for your picnic:

17. Superdawg
All-summer activity!
(6363 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday)

-Superdawgs: $5.50!
-They're kind of fun on Twitter, too: @superdawg

18. Margaritas
All-summer activity!

19. Guzzle Beers at Gene's Sausage Shop's Rooftop Garden
Opens Memorial Day Weekend

-Check the website for updates on summer hours:
-Don't forget to eat, of course. Potato salad! Cole slaw! Sausage!

20. Take the Metra to Ravinia
June 6-Sept. 15

-Arrive as early as humanly possible to stake out a lawn spot so you don't get stuck behind a bunch of bushes or next to a garbage can. Bring a balloon (or something else tall) so your friends can find you if they're meeting you later. -LA
-Ravinia and Ravinia Park are two different train stations. You want to get off at Ravinia Park. -LA
-Full schedule here:

21. Catch the fireworks at Navy Pier
Memorial Day Weekend through Aug. 31
(600 E. Grand Ave.; 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays; 10:15 p.m., Saturdays)

-You'll need a drink (or three) to cope with the crowds. We recommend Harry Caray's Tavern over Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. For wine, there's always Riva. -LA

22. Turtle races at Big Joe's in Lincoln Square
(1818 W. Foster Ave.)

-Drinks get you raffle tickets; when your ticket number is called, you're in to compete in the turtle races in the back room up the stairs!

23. Take a long walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo
Memorial Day-Labor Day (summer hours)
(2001 N. Clark St.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., weekends)

24. Gather a big haul at a farmers market
All-summer activity!

-Holy crap, there are so many. Find one near you with Metromix's guide:
-Most open for the season in June and close in October.
-Open by Memorial Day Weekend: Green City Market (Saturdays), Federal Plaza (Tuesdays), Lincoln Park (Saturdays)

25. Try a new food truck
All-summer activity!

-Here's a guide to Chicago food trucks:,0,7998699.photogallery
-And here's a map of all the approved food truck stands in town:,0,4409306.htmlstory
-600 W. Chicago Ave., the Aon Center, NBC Tower and the DePaul and U of C campuses are popular lunchtime gathering spots for trucks. -LA

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