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5 Ways to Enjoy the Last Gasp of Summer on Oak Street

Chicago SummerSeptember is soon approaching, and many in the Windy City are feeling real remorse for not making the most of their summer.

But the good news is that there’s still one last gasp of gorgeous warmth ahead, so why not make the most of it?  Whether work or a great summer season of your favorite television show has been keeping you indoors, it’s time to get out and get moving!

We’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to enjoy the last gasp of Chicago summer to get you started.

Dress Up & Dine Alfresco

Fig and Olive is well known for its open-exhibition kitchen, but it also offers an expansive open-air terrace where you can dine under the stars on delicious, authentic European cuisine. Le Colonial is another amazing alfresco dining destination, with 1920’s sophistication and a seductive bar and lounge complete with a charming terrace and gorgeous view. If neither of those suit your fancy, you can always take a trip down to Carmine’s, for some classics: perfectly seared steak, chops, and seafood with an Italian edge.

Get Away for the Weekend

Even if you live in Chicago, take a two-day trip to the Four Seasons or Park Hyatt Chicago where you’ll find five star views of the city’s famous scenic waterfront. Spend your days out on the water, soaking up the sun, but keep in mind that the fun doesn’t have to end at dusk. Both hotels are simply steps away from sophisticated spas, superior shopping on Oak Street, and some of the city’s very best night clubs and bars.

Go See Something New

Where Chicago Publications can help you choose where to go and what to do. As the affluent travelers’ local information resource, Where Traveler can supply you with fresh inspiration on the coolest new things to do in Chicago.

Shake Up Your Wardrobe

Enjoy the warm weather and soft sunshine as you stroll from shop to shop. Oak Street is the biggest and best luxury shopping destination in Chicago. Enjoy seasonal sales and high end clothing, shoes, and accessories from brands like Jimmy Choo, Emporio Armani, Prada, and Agent Provocateur.

Prepare for the New Season

Being on a mission to enjoy the last few days of summer doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to Fall! Embrace change. Take a trip down to one of Oak Street’s many salons and spas to upgrade your look. Salon O Sixty-Five offers full nail services, as well as hair coloring, Brazilian Keratin Treatments and eyelash extensions. At the Elysian Spa and Health Club, you’ll be able to relax to the fullest with facials, massages, and a full fitness facility. Finally, Marianne Strokirk Salon specializes in sleek and easy-to-manage cuts perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

You can also pick up some new home décor to breath new live into your surroundings just in time for the start of a new season at Barneys, Kate Spade or Tory Burch.  And the most ambitious among you may even want to get a very early jump on your holiday shopping so that you’ll have nothing to worry about come December.

The last gasp of Chicago summer poses a plethora of unique opportunities; don’t let it pass you by! Whether you’re wandering from shop to shop, seeking out a new style, or simply catching some much needed R & R at a local spa, Oak Street has plenty of ways to soak up your summer to the very last drop.

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