July 4th is one of our favorite party days around here at Block 37. Firstly, the color palette is already done for you (thanks, Uncle Sam) and secondly, you get to eat, drink, and watch colorful explosions in the sky with friends, family, and patriotic strangers. What’s not to love?
This post is in defense of the lake! Because why should coastal beaches have all the fun? Lake Michigan is a cool-down hotbed for swimming, boating, paddle boarding, every-activity-under-the-hot-summer-sunning. And you know what, we think it’s pretty Great! Ok ok, geography jokes aside, with temps reaching the high 80’s and feeling more like 800, lake life is the only thing keeping Chicago from melting off the map. To honor the “Third Coast,” we’ve packed your virtual beach bag with our favorite must-have items for a weekend on the water.
1. Underwater Camera
2. Silver Leather Cutwork Beach Tote
3. St. Tropez Sunshine Ready Kit
4. Havana Beach Radio
5. MIU MIU Sunglasses
Sunglass Hut, $305
6. Swimsuit with Side Knots
7. Indiana Tasseled Cover‐Up
8. Wave Print Bermuda Shorts
9. Captain Mickey Mouse Towel
The Disney Store, $25
10. South Parade Watermelon Slides
11. Mermaid Gazing at the Urban World Earrings
Les Néréides, $99