Last Call: What post-quarantine plans are you most looking forward to?

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Depending on where you live, what your line of work is, and how healthy you feel, you might be halfway through week one of self-imposed quarantine or week three. And depending on how strictly you chose to adhere to social distancing guidelines before they became shelter-in-place mandates, you might have preemptively canceled a whole lot of plans while others were still heading out for one last hurrah at Disneyland or wherever. Weddings, vacations, the James Beard Awards—events that so recently seemed absolute and immovable have become let’s-wait-and-see affairs. The point is, we’ve all had to take fun stuff off the docket. What are you most excited to ink into your calendars once more, when the time comes?

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I’ve seen more than a few tweets mentioning how great it’ll be to just head to a bar to drink a beer among other people at some point in the future. The camaraderie factor we’re all missing right now is certainly understandable, as is the need for ambiance that you didn’t create in your own living room with a city neighborhoods map poster and various Target Room Essentials. My own version of that pipe dream is to attend one of the half dozen concerts that have been canceled at some of my favorite Chicago music venues this season. While some people feel claustrophobic in the crowds of a general admission show, I tend to find those crowds equal parts anonymizing and relaxing. And depending on the venue, the beer selection can be pretty good, too.

And, of course, the restaurants. The farmers markets. The ever-so-browsable candy stores. All the places that sell you a sense of place as much as a bag of produce or nonpareils. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then I hope that fondness doesn’t fade with presence. Once we’re reunited with our local treasures again, I hope we can find ways to stay grateful.

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So, what are you antsy for?

Marnie Shure is editor in chief of The Takeout.

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EVERYTHING!! I live in WI and people pretty much hibernate from November through March. But once spring hits everyone, and I mean everyone heads outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather. The student union at UW is basically this giant biergarten on the lake where you and hundreds or occasionally thousands of other people can get together and drink pitchers of beer while you watch the sailboats go by (or go sailing yourself).

Or 6 times per year there are concerts at the state Capital building where ~30,000 people picnic on the lawn and eat good food, drink wine or local craft beer, and just enjoy the weather.

I feel like the crummy winters make everyone appreciate the summers more, and so it’s basically a huge party between May and September.  Honestly I don’t know what to think if this stretches on in to the summer months and people are forced to stay self-quarantined in the gorgeous weather.