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Top 8 Things to Do in Chicago in Summer


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

The big daddy of Chicago summer festivals, the Taste of Chicago attracts millions of visitors every year with its vast amount of good eats and Taste of Chicago entertainment.

Wrigley Field

A cold beverage, a hot dog, and a seat in the bleachers at Chicago's historic Wrigley Field watching the Cubs lose. If that doesn't say "Chicago in the summer" I don't know what does.

Chicago Beaches

We may not have the waves, but with the vast blue water of Lake Michigan and the beautiful people laying out in the sun Chicago's beaches give any in California a run for their money.

Navy Pier

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Chicago, 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

Chicago's most recent landmark 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

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 Day Trip

Lincoln Park's vast 1,200 acres along Lake Michigan is a great spot to spend an entire Chicago day in the summer. There's certainly plenty to do, from the Lincoln Park Zoo, to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to North Avenue Beach to the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water draws over 2 million people to Lake Michigan's shores for one weekend each August, and is the oldest and largest free show of its kind in the United States.
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