From A to Z: Scene Summer Recap

A look back at Chicago's summer from a muddy Lollapalooza to anniversary bashes and red carpets.

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Meredith Gregory
A is for the Air and Water Show, always one of the most popular events of the summer.
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B is for boats. People still took to the water, even though the popular Chicago Scene boat party was canceled ...
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... and the Grey Goose yacht parties over the Fourth of July weekend also proved to be quite the draw.
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C is for Cee Lo, who couldn't get enough of Chicago, performing at Lollapalooza, Glamorama and a secret show at Studio Paris.
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D is for dance music -- three days worth of it at the North Coast Music Festival.
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E is for Erin Heatherton, the Victoria's Secret model and Skokie native who was nice enough to come home and party with us for a night.
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F is for Fun, which we had plenty of at Chicago Mag's Summer Lovin' party.
G stands for Glamorama, the city's biggest fashion spectacle.
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H -- Chicago was, is and will always be the heart and soul of House music. Just ask any of the thousands of people who hit the Chosen Few House Music Picnic.
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I is for the renovated "interior" of NoMI, which held a lavish bash to celebrate the new look.
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J is for Jim Belushi, who helped open the new Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.
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K is for Kid Cudi, who threw down at the inaugural Dave Matthews Caravan.
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There's four Ls in the word Lollapalooza alone, so there's no debate who deserves this slot.
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M is for "mud," and all you crazy kids who got down and dirty on Lolla's last day.
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O stands for Oprah, and all of her fans who came out for the final shows at the United Center.
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P is for the Playboy Club, which experienced a resurgence in interest because of the NBC show and plans to bring it back to Chicago. Check out pictures from the audition call for extras. Oh yea, we liked Playboy's Lollapalooza after-party as well.
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Q is for all the "quirky" outfits we witnessed at Pitchfork Music Festival.
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P also stands for The Peninsula hotel, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a lavish bash.
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R stands for Rooftops, and the most popular addition to the scene this summer, Studio Paris.
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S stands for steak, in the form of Michael Jordan's Steak House, setting up shop along the Mag Mile.
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S is for Soul Train, and a summer-long celebration of the native Chicago show, culminating with a huge Millenium Park concert.
T is for Topshop/Topman, which opened its Michigan Avenue store in September and hosted a Lollapalooza after-party.
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U is reserved for U2, who rocked Soldier Field.
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U also stands for The Underground, which continues to be one of the hottest spots to see and be seen.
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V is for Volleywood, the huge annual party on North Avenue Beach.
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W is for the World's Largest Block party ...
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... and Wicker Park Fest.
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X is for the X-clusive red carpet bash featuring Paris Hilton, Barney and friends. Yes, we know it's a stretch but whatever.
Y is for the multiple times we heard "YMCA" at the Gay Pride Parade.
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Z is for the "zoo" Akira put together for its 9th anniversary bash.
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