June through late September is a fine time to be in Chicago—since summer offers all sorts of exciting escapades. Breezy beaches, events outdoors, refreshing cocktails on rooftops, dining alfresco, and relaxing city tours, definitely keep locals and visitors on the move. So whether you’re traveling from afar or treating yourself to a staycation, here are five things to do this season. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Hit the Beach.
While Chicago may not be the first destination that comes to mind when talking about sun, sand, and surf, to many people’s surprise, the city is home to quite a few lakeside beaches. So dip your toe in the water, play a friendly round of volleyball or work on your tan. Whatever you want to do, there’s a beach for you. Try North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park or the less busy Oak Street Beach near the Gold Coast and Streeterville neighborhoods.
Hear Tunes at an Outdoor Music Festival.
Chicago is festival central during the warmer months, so be sure to keep these upcoming events on the radar. Music fans will certainly be in their element at Pitchfork Music Festival July 19-21, 2019 in Union Park as well as at the headliner of all headliners Lollapaloozahappening at historic Grant Park August 1-4, 2019. Other happenings not to miss include the free Millennium Park Music Series and Grant Park Music Festival, to name a few.
Raise Your Glass on a Rooftop.
The city is known for its soaring skyline and killer views, and what better way to enjoy them than from a lively rooftop bar. Hot spots around town include Devereaux on the 18th floor of the Viceroy Hotel and Cindy’s perched 13 stories overlooking Millennium Park atop the Chicago Athletic Association.
Enjoy a Meal Alfresco.
Sunny days are here and everyone is all about the fresh air, food, and drinks. When in the mood to eat outside, head to Parson’s Chicken and Fish in the Logan Square and Lincoln Park neighborhoods to get comfy under the umbrellas as you dine on Southern and South American cuisine. Boasting a hipster vibe circa the fifties and sixties, Beatnik on the River on N. Wacker offers an eclectic menu of dishes from around the world, not to mention a gorgeous terrace featuring prime waterfront views of the Chicago River.
Take a Tour.
Summer is the best time of year to see the sites thanks to the pleasant weather. There is an experience for everyone, whether you’re into history, architecture, movies, and more. Walking Tours are run by many different Tour Companies. Inside Chicago offers the chance to explore the city inside and out with interesting excursions such as “The World Within: Inside the Dazzling Interiors of the Loop” and “Chicago After Dark: Secret Gardens, Live Music and Fireworks.” Cinema lovers should sign up for the Chicago Film Tour, which offers the chance to see locations from North by Northwest, My Best Friend’s Wedding and more, as well as learn fun facts along the way. If you want the open air experience without the walking try out a Big Bus Double Decker Bus Tour