Chicago in summer is a sight to behold -- the parks are lush, Lake Michigan glimmers in the hot sun, and the streets bustle with tourists and locals who managed to have the fortitude to survive a Chicago winter. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Chicago in the summer.
Taste of Chicago attracts millions of visitors every year with its vast amount of good eats and Taste of Chicago entertainment.
Wrigley Field watching the Cubs lose. If that doesn't say "Chicago in the summer" I don't know what does.
Chicago's beaches give any in California a run for their money.
Navy Pier offers tons of summer fun such as a 150-foot high Ferris wheel, Lake Michigan boat cruises, live entertainment on the Skyline Stage, and fireworks shows twice a week.
Millennium Park is definitely worth a stroll in the summer months, if nothing else but to cool off by dipping your toes along the Lurie Garden foot bridge, or letting the kids get drenched in the Crown Fountain.
Buckingham Fountain, one of Chicago's most recognizable landmarks, has a large 20 minute water display during the summer months at the top of every hour. Make sure to visit it at least once at night, when the display also includes multi-colored lights and music.
Lincoln Park Zoo, to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to North Avenue Beach to the Lincoln Park Conservatory.