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Chicago Summer 1978

Now that it’s summer, I was thinking about my childhood summers in the 1970s back in Chicago. What the season meant:

  • hot, humid days

  • mosquitoes

  • sleepovers

  • long days at the pool

  • Baskin Robbins ice cream

  • mowing lawns for pocket money

  • watching the Chicago Cubs (lose)

  • playing Ghost in the Graveyard at night with neighborhood kids

And it meant rock concerts at Comiskey Park and Soldier Field for the cool teens who had enough money for tickets.

While Mary Donahue and I most likely would not have been friends — she runs with a scary crowd — we’d agree on one thing: summers in Chicago rocked.

Were you a rock concert-going teen? Who’d you see, where and when?


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