Local Spots for Summer Fun, Social Distancing Style
If there is one thing we have learned in the last three months, it is that your car is far more than just a way to get from one place to another. Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve seen creative new ways to use cars to connect with other people while still practicing social distancing. From the creation of the personal birthday parade, to friends lunching and meeting for coffee in the backs of their SUVs, there is no doubt that the automobile has been the go-to method of socializing from a distance.
Although most states are gradually starting to open some businesses, many of the usual places to find summer fun are still closed for the foreseeable future. We’ve created a list of fun things you can do while still practicing social distancing.
PICNIC IN THE PARK
With state and local parks open to the public, and most restaurants offering to-go service, the summer of 2020 is the perfect time to bring back the popularity of the picnic! Whether you pick up food from your favorite locally owned dining spot or fill your cooler with staples like fried chicken, potato salad and chilled watermelon from your own kitchen, eating al-fresco in a beautiful outdoor setting makes a great date or family friendly outing
Drive-in theaters have faced challenges in recent decades, unable to compete with the technology and amenities at indoor theaters, and many have closed their doors. This summer, the drive-in movie is making a comeback, with some closed theaters re-opening and others popping up in parking lots and other spaces. Check out the Route 34 Drive-In Theater in Earlville, Illinois or the McHenry Outdoor Theater in McHenry, Illinois. Keep an eye on your local Facebook groups and community pages to watch for pop-up theaters like these in Bridgeport and Chicago
LOCAL SIGHTSEEING TRIPS
Most of us view our local roads as a way to get from one spot to another, but you can find some great sightseeing trips right here in Northern Illinois. You can search for all of the murals commenorating Lincoln Highway, which was the nation’s first coast-to-coast road, or dig into the history of Route 66 and drive as closely to the original road as you can. Another great option is the Illinois River Road where you can explore Starved Rock State Park or Matthiessen State Park.
What sort of summer fun did you find in your car? Share your photos on social media. We can’t wait to see where you went!