6 Things to Look Forward To In Chicago Springtime

6 Things to Look Forward To In Chicago Springtime

"Living in a city with a beautiful lake walk and beaches..."
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The time is finally here that all of us Chicagoans have been waiting for. The beauty of Chicago is truly captured best when it can be enjoyed with flowers blooming and people laughing underneath the sunshine. The waves crashing against the shoreline and the skyscrapers reflecting the blue skies and blue water are what makes even a walk in the busy areas of Chicago highly enjoyable.

You may never get to escape the hustle and bustle of what makes a big city so great but you can enjoy it for everything else it offers. Here is a list of some of the things that Chicago has to offer.

1. Walk to the lake

Living in a city with a beautiful lake walk and beaches makes it incredibly torturous in the winter as nothing is more tempting than escaping the city to go visit the open seas. Whether all you want to do is drink some margs as you watch the waves or toss a soccer ball in the grass as the wind from the lake blows in your hair, you’ll feel as if you have escaped the busy life you’ve become so accustomed to in the city.

2. Baseball season is coming

Living in a city with two major baseball teams, the games are never a disappointment regardless of the outcome. Knowing your preference of the South Side White Sox or the Wrigleyville Cubs can make or break a friendship… ok, not literally. But there has been a long and harsh feud of which team is the “better” Chicago team.

3. Fashion

After the drab Winter clothing you’ve been forced to wear just to stay a little warm in the frigid Chicago winter comes a relief as you can finally wear mini skirts and light jackets. Winter clothing can oftentimes make you feel as if you’re covered up avoiding flaunting any of your personal flair which means that it’s time to take full advantage of the short Chicago warmth.

4. Grill-outs and parties

This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of Spring because you finally get to see everyone that you’ve been shoved inside for too long for. Hot dogs and cold beer are what I look forward to most when it gets warm out because you get to enjoy those with people that you are having a great time with.

5. Exploring the city

There’s so many unique and exciting places to visit that staying in during the cold winter days don’t allow you to explore. There’s a plethora of coffee shops, museums, and amazing places to walk along that are not as enjoyable if it’s frigid out.

6. Fests and farmers' markets

Last year, I went to a vegan fest and it was the single most interesting fest I have been to. I was able to find a fest with my favorite food and I didn’t have to pick or choose what I could eat out of the menu. It was amazing to see people who have the same preferences come together to enjoy the fact that we are all supporters of vegan-ism. This led me to find other vegan fests around the city which led me to discover some interesting and delicious restaurants and brands I could buy at the supermarket.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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