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Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

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 a cruise along the Chicago River, and admire the city’s famous skyscrapers from the water’s edge.
  • Couple a sightseeing excursion to Millennium Park with 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 Festival is one of the city’s most popular summer events.
  • Retreat to the Art Institute of Chicago for a cultural immersion when the thermostat soars (or when summer thunderstorms roll in).
  • Enjoy a celestial show at the Adler Planetarium —and go stargazing at its companion Doane Observatory.
  • Sun yourself on one of Lake 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 a food-themed, neighborhood walking tour.
  • Commune with aquatic life during an excursion to the delightful Shedd Aquarium.
  • Indulge in an urban oasis when you visit the blossoms at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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