If you’re planning a trip to Chicago in the summertime, you’re in for a real treat. Chicago summers are beautiful, and there’s plenty to do outdoors so you can stay active and enjoy ever moment of the sun.
Plus, it’s a great city for traveling for work or taking a family vacation, as there are several family-fun attractions and outdoor festivals going on throughout the summertime. Here’s your ultimate summertime guide to Chicago, so can make every second count.
Spend Time Along the Riverwalk
Whether you’re in Chicago with a large group or flying solo, there’s a way to enjoy the Riverwalk for anyone, no matter the company. You can take a run or leisurely walk to take in some breathtaking views of the city, or you can grab a bite or drink at one of the restaurants on the strip with co-workers or family. Try City Winery—the wine and food pairings are fantastic!
Go to Millennium Park
Spend an afternoon exploring Millenium Park or head there for an event or performance. You can try The Millennium Park Summer Film Series, going on on Tuesday evenings, or Millennium Park Music Series, which boasts a variety of genres. For the daytime, take in a bite along Michigan Avenue and a dip in the Crown Fountain to cool off.
Head to Navy Pier
Navy Pier is the ultimate playground in the summertime in Chicago, as it’s always bursting with high energy and fun. Take a ride on the renowned Ferris wheel and stop into the attractions at Navy Pier with the family or with your buds. Those hours will fly by! Head to the movie theater, the restaurants and bars, and even the Chicago Children’s Museum, if you have some little ones with you.
Take a Bike Ride
Ditch the car and travel by foot or bike in the summertime.
The bike has an advantage—you get in a pretty good workout and can save time on
the commute, so you can visit more neighborhoods.
The Lakeshore trail is the prime spot for a bike ride that’s got some stellar views. What’s more, you can even try Bobby’s Bike Hike Tours, which include biking, scenery, and spots at some of Chicago’s best restaurants, for a fun activity that’ll give you the real “local” package.
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