The WISCH LIST
By Dave Wischnowsky
Summers are cool in Chicago.
These days, that’s both figuratively and literally.
One year ago, we experienced an unseasonably brisk June, July and August, and this time around both June and July have followed suit.
Now, perhaps August will break the trend, but whether the weather truly gets hot or not, summer is still the best time of the year in Chicago. And this month offers plenty of opportunities for you to find fun.
Bud Billiken Day Parade
In 1929, Robert S. Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender newspaper, came up with the character of Bud Billiken, named after the Billiken – the guardian angel of all children, according to Chinese legend.
He then launched a parade named after his brainchild, which has since grown to become the nation’s second largest parade and a fixture in Chicago’s African-American community.
Focused as always on the message of “Back to School,” this year’s parade begins at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood and continues south to 55th Street at Washington Park, which is the site of a celebratory picnic.
For more information, visit budbillikenparade.org.