10 Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

Chicago is beautiful all year round, but it especially shines in the summer, with endless food and music festivals, music events, on-the-water activities and more. If you’re staying around the city this summer, here’s a list of things to do!

#1 Movies in the Park

People sitting on lawn watching a film on a large backdropChicago has many, many parks and they all offer fun activities for the summer! One of the most popular is Movies in the Park, in which a number of parks open up their spaces at night for showings of some all-time classics and new blockbuster hits. Be sure to check back at the link above for 2018 dates and times!

#2 Street Festivals

Street festival surrounded by skyscrapersEnjoy fests like the Hyde Park Brew Fest, the 57th Street Art Fair, Ribfest, the Taste of Chicago and so much more.

#3 Local Farmers Markets

Variety of vegetable assortments in bags and boxesThere’s nothing better than biting into that fresh fruit or vegetable. Well, don’t delay — head on over to any of the local farmers markets and pick up some fresh produce!

#4 Beach Days

People playing sand volleyball with cityscape in background

North Ave. Beach Volleyball

What better way to relax this summer than by spending the day at one of the many beaches here in the city. Chicago Park District offers activities around the waterfront such as volleyball, jet skiing and kayaking. If you’re looking for something less strenuous, just sit back, relax and enjoy the warm weather.

#5 Grant Park Music Festival

Audience sitting on lawn at Pritzker Pavilion listening to a concertEvery Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting June 13, Grant Park offers special classical music performances all summer long. Head across the street from Roosevelt with your friends and enjoy a picnic while listening to great music from plenty of featured guests.

#6 Workouts on the Great Lawn

People on lawn working out in syncStarting in June, Millennium Park offers free workout classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. From pilates and yoga to strength training sessions and Zumba, you can get your fitness on in a number of ways, all with a stunning downtown view.

#7 Navy Pier

Navy Pier lighted up at night with ferris wheel spinning and fireworks in the skyIf you like long walks on the pier, then Navy Pier is the place for you. Catch a boat ride, take a spin on the Ferris Wheel, or enjoy a nice lakefront dinner!

#8 Outdoor Patios

People chatting and eating during the evening

Outdoor eat at Small Cheval

Everyone’s favorite time of the year is patio season. It’s a whole new experience when you enjoy a great meal or drink at Chicago restaurants and bars outside!

#9 Explore the Neighborhoods

Mural of puerto rican parading and waving Puerto Rico flags

Humboldt Park Neighborhood – “Sea of Flags” mural by G. Ramirez honoring Puerto Rican culture

Each Chicago neighborhood holds its own gems, so go explore them. That’s what makes Chicago great — you’ll always find something new to do.

#10 Take an Online Class at Roosevelt

Roosevelt students working at computer labLooking to get ahead in the classroom? Take an online class at Roosevelt this summer! Roosevelt’s Summer Session lets you earn some extra credits and get you closer to graduation, all while enjoying the great summer weather.

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