Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Guide to Summer in Chicago

In Chicago, the three months of beautiful weather make up for the other 9 months that consist of cloudy skies and frigid temps. Chicago summers are full of beach days, drinks on rooftops and nights exploring new restaurants and bars. If you're visiting Chicago or have been here forever and need inspiration, here are a few of my favorite things to do over a Chicago summer.

Days at the ledge. Beaches are fun, but in Chicago they are normally super crowded. Instead of huddling around on the beach, I prefer going to the ledge, a concrete path along the lake that allows you to still get a summer glow without all the sand. The picture above is taken there – it has the best view!

Taste of Chicago. Taste of Chicago is one of the biggest food festivals and it's full of an array of amazing Chicago foods. This year, the festival is from July 11th to 15th, and though it normally is unbearably hot, it's a must-see. Literally everything there tastes like heaven!

Rooftop bars. Considering Chicago is cold 3/4 of the year, it's kind of surprising that we have so many rooftop bars but we do! They are all so beautiful with incredible views, and though drinks can be expensive, I always have a ton of fun. I personally love the J.Parker – at night there's great music and it's actually more laid back than you would think!

Food trucks. Can you tell I'm obsessed with food yet? Food trucks are such a warm weather staple, and a bunch of them park right near my office – it's dangerous! Food trucks carry some of the best food in the city, you have to check them out for a quick outside lunch if you have time!

Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Not only is Millennium Park a nice place to hang out in the summer, but they also show movies throughout the summer. It's the perfect time to gather your friends, pack a picnic and bring bottles of wine to watch a fun movie in the park. 

Chill by the Riverwalk. Chicago has more than just Lake Michigan. With high rises all along the Chicago River, it’s beautiful to walk around in the summer. There’s an abundance of restaurants along the river too, so you can dine with a view of the city all summer long. 

Street Festivals. I've already mentioned Taste of Chicago, but there are a TON of other festivals in Chicago throughout the year. Beyond Lollapalooza, in July alone, there’s Pitchfork Music Festival, a Thai Festival, Art Fest on Michigan Avenue, Taste of River North, South Loop Beer & Cider Fest and so many more. There are always a dozen pages on Facebook dedicated to all of the food festivals on Chicago, so check out some more of the events near you each weekend. 

What's your favorite thing to do in the summer in your city? Sound off in the comments!

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