Summer in the Windy City
Collected by Lara Takenaga, AFAR Contributor
Chicago reveals itself during the summer when locals emerge from hibernation and head outside to swim at the beach, bike along Lake Michigan, watch movies in the park, and drink and dine alfresco. Make the most of the Windy City's warm weather with these activities and sites.
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
Upon wondering around in Millennium Park in Chicago, admiring collection of art and architecture, I couldn't help by notice the landscape design in Lurie Garden. The five-acre garden represents Chicago's urban green living where plants rise taller...
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Visitors take their best Chicago photographs in front of the iconic Millennium Park sculpture called Cloud Gate (known colloquially as the Bean, for its shape). Conceived by British artist Anish Kapoor and constructed from 168 stainless steel...
1521 S Linn White Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Many people who visit the U.S. immediately think of New York as the quintessential American city. But they are missing out. Chicago is a world-class city with so much to offer. From shopping on Michigan Avenue to renowned chefs/dining to the Bean...
954 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Rootstock crafts great drinks and bites with laid-back style and without pretension. Chef Duncan Biddulph pays attention to the details—he focuses on incorporating locally farmed produce whenever possible and produces their wine and beer in...
1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
Steeped in history, loved my many, loathed by some, and sorely in need of a championship, Wrigley Field is a true cornerstone of the always controversial sporting world. No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to this monument to to...
7705 N Eastlake Terrace, Chicago, IL 60626, USA
The northern-most beach in Rogers Park is a gem year round. It's easy to see why this spot is normally crowded with families during the warm months— lifeguards make it safe to swim and the jetty is perfect for a stroll. Lightly populated during...
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the USA. It's bursting at the seams with fantastic restaurants, hole-in-the-wall pubs and bars, world-class stadiums, art galleries, and everything else you'd expect in an Alpha World City, though it retains...
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Anyone who's into model trains should visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Originally opened in 1941, The Great Train Story was the largest model train of its day. After being briefly shuttered in 2002 for extensive additions, this...
20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Holy cow, Batman! The stockyards may be closed; but bovines still roam the streets and even walls of Chicago. I happen to see this one while walking down East Delaware St. on my way to a sensational lunch with a 20 mile view at The Signature Room...
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Yes, there will be crowds, screaming kids and annoying people blocking your view with their lawn chairs, but the Chicago Park District’s free Movies in the Parks series is still one of Chicago’s most endearing summer traditions. Enjoy movies under...
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