Chicago Skyline

Chicago is one of the best summer cities! There are so many events, festivals, and beautiful places to explore, making it the ideal summer destination city. Having once lived in Chicago for over 20 years, I have had plenty of summer adventures over the years. Whether you are in a mood for fitness, museums, food, or entertainment, you are bound to find something to suit your interests. Check out my list below. What are some of your favorite Chicago attractions and activities?

1. Walk/bike the Lakefront Trail

This beautiful trail runs for 18 miles along Lake Michigan. Beautiful scenery, beaches, and plenty of fun stops along the way will keep you more than motivated to finish the entire 36 mile course. Some of my favorite stops along the way include Oak Street Beach, The Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Planetarium for the amazing skyline pictures!

Address: 1600 N Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60657
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Views of the skyline from the Chicago Lakefront Path

2. See a Chicago Cubs game

Watching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field is always a fun experience. I recommend sitting in the bleachers for the most authentic experience! The post game bar scene in Wrigleyville is entertaining for both Cubs and non-Cubs fans alike. Take this opportunity to visit the second oldest ballpark in the country (next to Fenway!). An interesting fact: The Chicago Bears used to play at Wrigley Field before they had Soldier Field!

Address: 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
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Chicago Cubs game

3. Spend the day at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is located about 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. Hands down, it is one of the best zoos in the country with a gorgeous leafy layout, amazing indoor exhibits, a unique underwater bear viewing exhibit & a fantastic dolphin show. Brookfield is an all day experience (the zoo is set on a massive 200+ acres) and you can easily spend hours & hours strolling the beautifully landscaped grounds.  Make sure to visit Tropic World, an amazing indoor primate exhibit!

Address: 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513
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Dolphin show at Brookfield Zoo - Chicago

4. Relax at Oak Street Beach

Oak Street is a fun beach located on the Gold Coast, easily accessible via the Lakefront Trail and the perfect stop after a long run/bike ride.  This beach has gorgeous city views! Oak Street is probably your only chance to ever see a palm tree in Chicago :-). Volleyball games, big waves, and a cityscape background: what more could you ask for out of a Chicago beach?

Address:  1000 N Lake Shore Dr  Oak Street Beach, IL 60611
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Oak Street Beach- Chicago

5. Walk the Magnificent Mile

Strolling along N. Michigan Avenue during the summer months is a memorable time with fantastic  shopping, restaurants, and scenery along the way. Some of my favorite stops include Water Tower Place (an elegant, upscale 7 story mall), Tails in the City (an upscale pet boutique store), Macy’s, and Burberry.

Address: N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
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Magnificent Mile Chicago

6. Take fun pictures at Millennium Park

Great scenery and architecture are the highlights of a visit to Millennium Park. Taking a picture of your reflection by the Cloud Gate sculpture is always an entertaining experience for new tourists. The central park is also the site of numerous summer events and concerts. Numerous photography opportunities await you as you are surrounded by stunning architecture and sculptures in every direction. If your visit falls during the winter months, you will want to check out one of the country’s best (and only free) urban ice rinks.

Address: 201 E Randolph  Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Cloud gate at Millennium Park - Chicago