Theresa L. Goodrich

Hi [FIRST NAME GOES HERE]! Chicago in Summer! Wanderlust Weekly, May 18, 2023

Published 11 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader!

Summer's nearly here! I'm not one to say I "can't wait" for something, because I don't want to wish my life away, but I do so enjoy being outside. Since I also get numb digits when the temps are below 40 and I live in northern Illinois, that makes Summer a Big Deal.

If you're new here, you wouldn't know that I started The Local Tourist as a guide to a downtown Chicago neighborhood in 2002. I covered the city almost exclusively until 2016. While now I'm focused more on writing travel stories and tips (especially about road trips), I've also got a lot of content highlighting why, 21 years after moving here, I still love the Windy City.

Case in point: my Chicago in Summer guide. This is one of those posts that could have kept going, and going, and going. Every time I look at it, I think, "I need to add {insert something awesome}." But, I know these massive posts can get to be so unwieldy they're not useful. Later this year, I'll have a city guide that includes all the Chicago content to make it easy to plan your visit.

I've also added summer festivals and the schedule for the Millennium Park Summer Music Series.

After all that Chicago love, I'm going to switch gears for the next week. I've still got a lot of stories to tell from last year's travel extravaganza. I'm also plugging away on Betrayed at the Beach, my next Alex Paige mystery. AND (because apparently I can't help myself and I still have more to say), I'm starting Diary of a Cockeyed Optimist, a behind-the-scenes look at a creative entrepreneur's life. That'll be on Substack and I'll let you know when it launches.

Whew! I was chatty today. Hope I didn't wear you out!

Until next week,

Love and wanderlust,

Theresa L. Goodrich

Theresa L. Goodrich

Theresa L. Goodrich is the force behind, a site dedicated to telling in-depth stories of magnificent, quirky, and unique places. Theresa is an Emmy-winning author who is slightly obsessed with road trips, camping, and history. She’s turned these passions into the Two Lane Gems book series, first-person travelogues highlighting the beauty and diversity of the U.S.A. She's also a contributor and publisher of Midwest Road Trip Adventures, 2nd Edition and Midwest State Park Adventures. She’s the author of Living Landmarks of Chicago, Planning Your Perfect Road Trip, and the Alex Paige cozy mystery series. She's spoken across the country at the Travel and Adventure Show and the Chicago Auto Show, mentored at Bloghouse, and leads the Midwest Travel Network's Writing Workshop. She’s driven, often literally, to inspire you to get off the interstates and explore the towns and communities that make this country a constant and welcome surprise.

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