11. Sneak booze into the Garfield Park Conservatory
Drinking in a tropical climate in February? Yup, it’s possible.
12. Call in sick to work and go to the beach
Again, “summer in Chicago.”
13. Get bottle service
Sure, you can party while singing along to Taylor Swift and waving sparklers around in the comfort of your own home, but you can also do it in a fancy lounge and spend a few hundred dollars more. And then probably never do it again.
14. Live with three other roommates and never spend time in your apartment
One of your roommates will be a drummer and another will be perpetually playing Halo in the living room. Also: cats everywhere. But hey, the rent will be cheap.
Standing for three days straight while being surrounded by neon-clad youngsters can be as comfortable as sticking piping-hot tamales down your pants, so do it while you still have fresh legs. Get in while the getting’s good; this festival will eventually be on a “things to do before you turn 17” list.