“Hot town, summer in the city,” sang The Lovin Spoonful in 1966, and while the band wasn’t thinking of Evanston per se, that’s what we are: hot, hot, hot! Not just the weather but the molten energy of great things to see, hear and enjoy, which happily constitute a plethora of pleasantries and a multitude of marvels.

Start with our wonderful beaches, where swimmers and sun bathers flock on a daily basis: Evanston is blessed with miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and half a dozen first-class swimming spots, including the newly public Lincoln Street beach (see page 3).

For theater lovers, there’s “Top Dog/Underdog” at Fleetwood-Jourdain (see page 11) and Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” at Ridgeville Park (page 12).

Music lovers can visit the renovated and delightful Fountain Square space to hear free music on a weekly basis. Plus there are Starlight Concerts at local parks.

The library hosts sing-a-longs, reading groups, book clubs and story time sessions for toddlers, teens and adults. Evanston author Steven Vicks talks about his new book “Social Consciousness” at the main branch (page 12).

Dawes House is featuring its annual ice cream social. There’s an art gallery talk and Starlight movies at Northwestern.  “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” screens at Penny Park. Plus an art reception at Alley Gallery.

And of course our famous and delightful Farmers market every Saturday.

Overwhelmed? Check out all the offerings over just the next fortnight in the calendar on page 19 to sort out, look up and pencil in an assortment of cultural delights.

Time to feast on summer in the city!