Triple day off. Big fun.
What: The owners of the retro Etsy shop have opened a Pilsen storefront, where you can dig up vintage signs, decorations, furniture, and more.
Why: Creative items like a bar cabinet made from a 1960s television and old ladders fashioned into a bookshelf.
When: By appt.
Where: 1837 S. Halsted St., at 19th St. (773-536-9673).
Lakeshore Express Aviation
What: The still-undiscovered charter airline lifts you directly from Midway Airport to Little Traverse Bay, Mich. So you can get near Mackinac Island (biking, sailing, ice cream, B&Bs), Petoskey State Park, and Northwest Michigan’s pretty beaches in one bubbly hour, rather than six.
Why: It leaves from a private terminal, making check-in and security lines a breeze.
When: You catch the summer travel bug.
Where: More info at lakeshoreexpress.com.
Cocktails at Sprout
What: New head bartender Tim Lacey reinvents the restaurant’s bar menu, starting with refreshing fruit-based concoctions.
Why: Try the Watermelon, a summery mix of said melon, prosecco, lemon, celery bitters, and chervil.
When: Tues.-Thurs., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-11 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: 1417 W. Fullerton Ave., at Southport Ave. (773-348-0706).
Fork & the Road Summer Tours
What: The guide-led bike expeditions ($50-$60) get you pedaling everywhere from sausage-curing rooms to Serbian snack joints to artisan bakeries.
Why: You have an appetite for exploration.
When: Full schedule (and reservations) at forkandtheroad.com.
Where: Tours depart from Kitchen Sink, 1107 W. Berwyn Ave., at Winthrop Ave.; Intelligentsia Millennium Park Coffeebar, 53 E. Randolph St., b/t Wabash Ave. & Garland Ct.
What: The home decor haven moves to new digs, with a tighter selection of midcentury modern and locally made furniture, accessories, and art. Its spot-on aesthetic hasn’t strayed.
Why: David Sprecher’s crazy-cool wall installation of razor-blade art.
When: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1818 W. Grand Ave., at Wood St. (312-829-6122).
Photo: Courtesy of Whisky Ginger