Things to Do in Chicago This Summer
Chicago makes up for its blustery winters with summer sunshine and high temperatures. Whether you choose to spend a day in the city’s parks, lounge on one of Lake Michigan’s beaches, or retreat to the air-conditioned calm of a museum when the afternoon sun feels particularly strong, here’s how to spend summer in the Windy City.
- Go for acruise along the Chicago River, and admire the city’s famous skyscrapers from the water’s edge.
- Couple asightseeing excursion to Millennium Parkwith a night of music at the Chicago Jazz Festival.
- Enjoy unparalleled fireworks views when you celebrate the Fourth of July aboard an all-night party yacht.
- Head to Grant Park, and come hungry:The Taste of Chicago Festivalis one of the city’s most popular summer events.
- Retreat to theArt Institute of Chicagofor a cultural immersion when the thermostat soars (or when summer thunderstorms roll in).
- Enjoy a celestial show at theAdler Planetarium—and go stargazing at its companion Doane Observatory.
- Sun yourself on one ofLake Michigan’s sandy beaches, such as North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach.
- Combine a fresh-air stroll with the opportunity to chow down during afood-themed, neighborhood walking tour. *Commune with aquatic lifeduring an excursion to the delightful Shedd Aquarium.
- Indulge in an urban oasis when you visit the blossoms at theChicago Botanic Garden.