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Things To Do In Chicago During Summer

Chicago is known for its windy, cold weather in the winter, but no one ever seems to mention how truly incredible it is in the summer! There are always tons of things to do in this city, but when the weather is 75 degrees and the clouds are gone, the list of activities only gets longer. Below are 5 things you can do this summer in Chicago, and have a great time while you’re at it!

1. Enjoy A Fireworks Show At Navy Pier

When anyone thinks of summer, fireworks are definitely one of the things that pop into mind. Who doesn’t love getting their favorite ice cream and sitting back to watch an awesome fireworks show?

So, if you’re looking for a nighttime summer activity that won’t take too much work but will still be a blast, check out the fireworks show at the Navy Pier, you won’t be disappointed. The show usually goes on on Wednesday’s around 9:00pm-9:30pm and Saturdays around 10:00pm-10:15pm. Make sure to check their schedule to get a more detailed time for this event! Oh! And the best thing about this summer activity? It’s free.

2. Explore Chicago’s Festivals

So now you’re looking for an adventurous daytime activity. Well, here’s a suggestion: checking out any of Chicago’s food festivals. This summer activity is especially good for foodies who want to figure out a few good restaurant spots.

Different Chicago neighborhoods feature food festivals displaying their unique style and taste, which means you can try out almost every restaurant in the area in just a few hours! There are also tons of other different festivals that go on throughout the summer such as; Chicago Blues Festival, Puerto Rican Festival, Millennium Park Music Series, and the Chicago Air and Water Show. Any festival is just as amazing as the next, it simply depends on what you’d like to experience more of! And luckily for you, there is an array of festivals to choose from.

3. Take A Ride On The Chicago Water Taxi

Want to take a look at Chicago while enjoying a ride on a boat? Well, the Chicago Water Taxi might be the summer choice for you. It’s inexpensive, relaxing, and fun, all while giving you a little tour of the city. This taxi was designed to be efficient and accessible, stopping at many tourist-y attractions and neighborhoods like Chinatown and Goose Island. With tickets starting as low as $6, anyone can hitch a ride and get to where they need to go quickly. Check this fun activity out on their website and get boating!

4. Tour A Brewery

For those of you who would rather spend their summer indoors, blasted by cool AC, touring a brewery might be a fun thing to do. Grab your closest group of buddies and head over to some local Chicago breweries for an interesting night. This big city has lots of different beer tastings and brewery atmospheres to choose from, but some of the biggest suggestions are: Lagunitas Brewing Company, Half Acre Brewery, and Dovetail Brewery.

5. Visit Chicago’s High Rise Restaurants And Bars

Finally, get all dressed up with your special date and take them on a beautiful restaurant rooftop like Signature Room. If you’re looking for panoramic city views and exquisite dining, this is the place to go. Luckily, it’s not the only one of its kind, there are plenty of choices to choose from: Cindy’s Rooftop, London House Rooftop, and Deveraux. This is a luxurious choice, but a great way to spend a warm summer evening. So, get your fanciest dress or suit on, grab your date by the arm, and surprise them with these fancy choices!

There you have it, 5 different activity ideas to get your Chicago summer rolling. There’s lots to do in the windy city, and the wonderful weather makes each event even more special. Try these activities out with friends, family, and/or your special someone.

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