Chicago Reader | Issue Archives | May 19, 2016
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  • May 19-25, 2016
  • Vol. 45, No. 32

Summer Guide: Chicago's favorite season is almost here! We've picked the best restaurant patios, beer gardens, music fests, fairs and festivals, farmers' markets, and every cool thing to do from June through August.

Deanna Isaacs on how Rahm’s Riverwalk is still a work in progress. Dining, drinks, and music return to the riverfront—but the big news is improvements to the water. Plus John Greenfield asks if big music fests like Lollapalooza and Riot Fest are a sound use of Chicago parks. The debate is hearing up.

Steve Bogira on summer violence and how Englewood organizations are working towards a peaceful summer in a very violent year. Englewood community groups will try to keep kids occupied and out of harm’s way with youth sports leagues and summer jobs programs.

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