It’s glorious summertime in Chicago: August, in fact, the hottest and thus the most summery month of the year. It’s a great time to be outside. In Chicago, there’s a general “get it while you can” feel to these summer months; it’s a short season in Chicago, not all of it warm and some of it rainy – this year especially.
During these “dog days of summer,” if you are in Chicago or anywhere up north, take this opportunity to revel in the outdoors. Now that we’re nearing the end of August, the sun is setting notably sooner and mornings and nights are chillier. Super hot and humid days have been replaced by one like today where light jackets were common during this morning’s commute in the 60’s. It feels like autumn is already on its way.
Most of us cannot spend our summer days in Chicago’s many parks or at the fabulous beaches. Employment in the Chicago Loop usually involves working in towering office buildings that don’t have windows that open and are generally overly air-conditioned. But one way to get the most out of summer while it’s still with us — while at the same time getting some exercise and some Vitamin D from the sun — is to take a walk during lunch hour.
If you work in downtown Chicago, consider strolling the impressive Wacker Drive corridor, the land of tall, modern buildings with gigantic entryways, and stopping to grab lunch at one of the food trucks parked in the shadow of Willis Tower. The corner of Wacker and Adams is vibrant and alive with various food truck vendors.
Food trucks are everywhere around Chicago. Click here for a weekly schedule of where to find them. The City of Chicago recently hosted a Food Trust Fest at Daley Plaza.
Come winter, it will be tempting to sequester ourselves indoors again to stay warm, and we will experience a return to limited options — namely, the same old indoor eateries and fast food places with which we may be rather bored. But now, while it’s the height of summertime and the weather is gorgeous, there’s no reason not to visit many of the interesting food trucks for something different.
Also of note: Food trucks are small businesses, and what could be more gratifying than supporting local vendors. It’s not easy being a food truck owner/operator. The laws are stringent.
Food trucks became legitimized a few years ago. Now food carts are struggling for rights, though there is talk the city wants to shut them all down.
Not only do food trucks – and food carts – add variety to our food options, they add a shot of color, character and extra flavor to our city — and a great reason to spend your lunch time outdoors.