When the sun doesn’t set until 8 p.m., Chicago comes alive with an array of exciting activities and events that makes any summer in Chicago truly unforgettable. From lakefront activities to vibrant festivals, Chicago offers something fun for everyone.
Embrace the Lakefront
Lake Michigan’s shoreline provides the perfect backdrop for a day of outdoor fun. Head to North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach to get a tan, swim in the refreshing waters, or participate in a beach volleyball game. Rent a kayak, jet ski, or paddleboard to explore the lake or enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the scenic 20+ mile Lakefront Trail. The lakefront views are truly breathtaking.
Get Some Good Eats
Did you know that Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants in the world? Deep dish pizza is only one of our many famous speciality dishes! Summer provides the perfect opportunity to savor Chicago’s renowned food scene. From diverse international dishes to a Chicago style hot dog to Michelin star hotspots, the city offers a culinary adventure like no other. Explore neighborhoods like Logan Square, Pilsen, Hyde Park, and the West Loop to discover tasty treats and hidden gems.
- Crispy Kataifi Cheese Pie from Andros Taverna in Logan Square
- Any tacos from Rubi’s Tacos in Pilsen
- Burrata from Monte Verde in the West Loop
- Pizza from Paradise Park in Wicker Park
- Any soul food menu item from Virtue in Hyde Park
Attend a Festival
Chicago is home to Lollapalooza, Chicago Blues Festival, Pitchfork, Riot Fest, and more – the list goes on and on. Chicago summers bring in a ton of talent to outdoor music festivals and theater performances. Experience Shakespeare in the Park, where you can enjoy free performances of the Bard’s timeless works in various city parks. Can’t forget to mention the 50+ neighborhood block parties and festivals that bring the community together.
Cruise the Chicago River
Embark on a scenic boat tour along the Chicago River to admire the city’s stunning architecture. Learn about our rich history, iconic buildings, and the fascinating stories behind them. If you’re feeling adventurous, try kayaking the Chicago River. You can also take a nice walk along the renovated River Walk and check out the riverfront restaurants and bars lining the way.
Summer in Chicago is a magical time filled with endless possibilities for fun and exploration. Either as a two-year student, native resident, or weekender – call yourself a Chicagoan for the Summer.