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.
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.
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.
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.
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
, 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.
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.