Summer in the City: 5 things to do in Chicago this summer
Summer is hands down the best season in the Windy City. The days are longer, the temperatures are higher, and the notorious Chicago winters are a distant memory. Whether you are a native Chicagoan or a visitor, Chicago will not bore you with its rich urban and cultural offerings this summer. It’ll be Fall again before you know it, so make sure you take advantage. Read on for our suggestions on how to make your summer in the city the Best. One. Ever.
Listen to music under the stars.
Summer in Chicago offers ample opportunities for your ears to indulge on beautiful music while enjoying the weather. Concert lovers flock from out-of-state for the famous Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, but you don’t need to break the bank for ultimate music happiness. There are free concerts in Millennium Park all summer every Monday and Thursday, and too many festivals to name – check out the totally free Chicago Blues Festival, the eco-friendly Green Music Fest, and the punk-centric Riot Fest.
Gorge on incredible Chicago bites.
For foodies, there’s no occasion like Taste of Chicago, an annual summer festival showcasing the best of Chicago’s dining community. For more than three decades, beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival. With food trucks, pop-up restaurants, celebrity chef-du-jours in every kind of cuisine and price range you can imagine, your stomach will say thank you.
Spend a lazy day on the beach.
Lake Michigan has blessed Chicago with numerous sandy spots dotting the eastern coast of the city, free and open to the public all summer. Check out Time Out’s list of best beaches to find the perfect spot near your neighborhood to sunbathe, kayak, swim, play beach volleyball and whatever else you can imagine.
Sip a cocktail on a rooftop.
If you’re in the mood for something swanky, just head to one of downtown Chicago’s many rooftop bars and sip a fancy drink while enjoying the picturesque skyline. Perfect for a date night – the experience is sure to impress any date. Eater Chicago has a map of the hottest spots for you.
Catch a show on TodayTix.
When the hot days get long, you can always find refuge in the air-conditioned indoors enjoying a great piece of theater. TodayTix is thrilled to present discounted tickets to some quintessential summer offerings: the athletic, fierce Moby Dick at Lookingglass, returning by popular demand. The Chicago stop of the national tour of The King and I, the Tony-Award winning revival of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. For suburbanites, the beautiful Writers Theatre in Glencoe is presenting the critically acclaimed play The Mystery of Love & Sex.