Music Mondays in Millenium Park are really one of the best Chicago summer treats. What could be better than sitting in the grass, listening to a free concert, drinking wine, eating cheese and crackers and staring up at the Chicago skyline? I can’t think of too many other things. Last night, while being serenaded by the musical stylings of Richard Thompson, my friends and I compiled our fool-proof list of what to bring in order to have a successful Music Monday.
1. Adult beverages – drinking is not only allowed, but encouraged. Avoid the astronomically priced Goose Island beers and opt for some sparkling wine from Mariano’s.
2. A large brightly colored blanket – big enough for your friends to sit on and bright enough for your friends to find you in the crowd.
3. Snacks for sharing – chips and guac are great and there’s little to no spillage!
4. Wear something light and breezy that you’re comfortable sitting on the ground in – also a light sweater for when the sun goes down.
5. An open mind for new music!
6. A wine opener – or buy a twist off bottle!
8. If you’re really fancy, you can bring a fold out table and chairs.
9. Cheese and crackers!
Though success is not guaranteed if you heed our instructions, we can venture to guess that you’ll have a pretty decent time no matter what. Enjoy! Here are some photos from the evening:
A little bit on Richard Thompson: “Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left the band to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist. His last album Electric, was produced by studio extraordinaire Buddy Miller, and released by New West records in February of 2013. For his Millennium Park debut Mr. Thompson will play a solo acoustic set followed by a full electric set with his trio.” (City of Chicago.org)
Shout out to my contributors on this post: Kate, Megan, Al-Pal and Agnes!