The calendar shows that we are in the final weeks of summer. Many children go back to school this week, with teachers and students diving into math equations, diagramming sentences, dissecting worms and trying to get a grasp on the impact of Columbus discovering the Americas.
Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Courtesy Marvel Studios/MCT)
Specialty recipes from Chicago chefs are also featured during Taste of Chicago.
VALPARAISO | Tuesday's weather couldn't keep everyone away from the Central Park Plaza Market, a farmer's market in downtown Valparaiso.
Region views on summer activities
Danielle Oeding, Valparaiso | "Our son is getting married on Aug. 23, so we'll be planning that for most of the summer."
Samantha Tilja, Highland | "To try different bars in the Chicagoland area. Work as much as possible to make money to donate to the Humane Society's Munster location."
Angel Martin, Valparaiso | "I'm moving to L.A. I got a job as an assistant for a worldwide basketball agency. It's a big international company."
Region views on summer plans
Jake Snider, Valparaiso | "I'll probably be with my friends and my girlfriend.
Chuck Elias, Munster | "I'm going to be the athletic director for the JCY sports day and summer camp program.”
Ann Pekarsky, Munster | "I'm going to vegetate in an air-conditioned cave. I have a cement yard, which is my balcony, and so there's nothing to grow there."
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra performs an annual summer concert series.
Spring is back and so are farmers markets. And that means a whole new chance to make friends with strange and unusual vegetables. Or to rehabilitate some old familiars.
Taste of Chicago is the city's largest and most popular festival.
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