Being born and raised in the Chicagoland Suburbs, and living downtown from the time I was a Freshman in college, I’d like to think that I am a bit of an expert on the city. At one point I moved 10 times, in 10 years.
Chicagoans love the Summer. All Summer we complain about the heat (not me I do wish it was 90 and sunny everyday), and complain all Winter about the cold.
Um yeah- see why.
This weekend is the Air & Water Show, and we are nearing the end of the Summer, so I only think it makes sense for me to share some of my favorite things to do in the Summer in Chicago, and some to skip.
If you love the water:
The Air & Water Show.
I think the Air & Water show is a do. But skip going to North Avenue Beach/Oak Street Beach. While viewing from a boat is the best view, it’s not always possible. Check out a nearby hotel’s rooftop. Many have events and viewing parties.
Rent a Jet Ski, Kayak or Paddle Board. I recommend the Kayak’s along the Chicago River, and Paddle Board’s at Montrose Beach.
Take a water taxi. Much cheaper than an architectural boat tour 😉
The best way to see the Museums.
I personally have a tough time wanting to pay the hefty admission prices so would myself skip all together, and check out street art but that can be your call. But what I do highly recommend is the various events the museums have.
Jazzin At the Shed and The Art Institute at night time for example are great ways to enjoy both the art/venue as well as enjoy the outdoors.
If you are a science buff, be sure to take a bike (don’t worry we have Divvy if you don’t want to formally rent one) and bike down to the Museum of Science & Industry.
Take the 606 or take our 40 some miles of lake path.
While there are festivals like Jazz Fest, Blues Fest etc, we have a bunch of great venues.
The Ravinia- www.ravinia.org
Andy’s Jazz Club- www.andysjazzclub.com
The Green Mill – www.greenmilljazz.com
Concert At Wrigley Field- in the stadium or at a rooftop.
Beer & Spirits-
Take a North Side Beer & Spirits Tour. Here’s my recommendations!
Dovetail (BYO Food + Dog friendly) – www.dovetailbrewery.net
Begyle (BYO Food + Dog friendly) – http://www.begylebrewing.com
Lunch or Dinner & Beers @ Hopleaf. FYI they are famous for their Mussels & Frites. They have a LARGE selection of Belgium beers so I wouldn’t go here 1st. www.hopleafbar.com
Koval for a Spirits Tour- www.koval-distillery.com
Half Acre / Half Acre Taproom. Their Taproom newly serves beer, or you can just taste and buy some to go. www.halfacrebeer.com
Feel free to reach out to me on any other recommendations!