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City Lights to Country Roads

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Luckily, when I find myself getting a little tightly wound, I feel fortunate enough to be able to take to those country roads with good friends and great music. When I think of Chicago, country music is definitely not the first genre of music that comes to mind. But I do associate the music with feelings of home, family, and breezy good times. So a few weeks ago my friends and I took an hour drive up to Twin Lakes, Wis., where we attended the Country Thunder music festival.

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Even if you aren’t a die hard country music fan (which I must admit, I’m not), it’s a fun summer activity. The bands usually start playing around 4 p.m., which may make you wonder, “What do people do all day until the concert gets started?” During those hot morning and afternoon hours, everyone takes to the beach at Lake Elizabeth (right next to the stages) and enjoys a refreshing plunge in the crystal clear waters. People can also rent boats or Jet Skis–it can actually be pretty cost-effective when a group of friends split the expense. I was fortunate because one of my best friends has a house right on the lake, where we enjoyed our days. We made our way to the each night’s concert to hear headliners like Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town.

Even when you live in a fast-paced city, small town life is closer than you may have thought. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the city lights and head down a country road.


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