Summer festival guide 2009
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If you’re like us, you’re sick of cutting corners—scrimping and scraping on entertainment, food, shopping. Screw the recession: It’s summer in Chicago. For the next four months the music is cheap (or free), dinner should be served on a stick, and drinking beer in a plastic cup is practically required. Summer festivals serve up the ultimate cheap entertainment even when the economy is flourishing, so stop feeling sorry for yourself and start cashing in on the dozens of ways we’ve found to make this season the most inexpensive ever. Come on, let’s take it outside.