What Eighth Blackbird Flutist Nathalie Joachim Loves About Summer in Chicago

By Heidi Mitchell | May 7, 2019 | People

Edgewater-based musician Nathalie Joachim dishes on her summer favorites.

Courtesy photo by Arthur Moeller

The flutist for the four-time Grammy Award-winning contemporary chamber music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, Nathalie Joachim spends most of her time in Chicago performing (look for her and her five compatriots on May 17 and 18 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, and on June 18 at the free Rush Hour Concert series at St. James Cathedral). So it’s no surprise that Joachim relishes seeing fellow artists performing outdoors in the glorious sunshine. “The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Tuesdays on the Terrace jazz concerts are really good,” she says. “Chicago is known for having great jazz, and if the weather is great, it’s such a great way to have a glass of wine in the early evening and hear great music while interacting with people interested in the same culture you are.”

Since moving to Edgewater four years ago, the 35-year-old Brooklyn native has also been blown away by her ability to kayak, paddleboard and sunbathe steps from her home at Kathy Osterman Beach. But she’ll venture farther inland for serious eats. “In Humboldt Park, right by the park, there are lines of food trucks just along the park. In true Chicago style, you can get the best Mexican food there in summer.”

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