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The Best of Summer in Chicago

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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.
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Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Luminous Field did a light display on Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) in Millennium Park. Several hundred people gathered around to watch this free display.
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
After walking the entire city I easily decided Millennium Park is hands-down Chicago's best attribute. I imagine the weather's not always as perfect as it was on my visit, but in the summer that attraction is unbeatable. (Ok, Central Park has it...
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1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
My work takes me to Skokie, IL--a suburb of Chicago--every so often, and on this particular trip I took the time to actually see Chicago. Having only tacked on 48 hours to my stay I crammed in Chi-town's biggest attractions as best I could. To me,...
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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...
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7705 N Eastlake Terrace, Chicago, IL 60626, USA
Pick up your morning coffee at one of the many local coffee shops, and walk to Rogers Beach (known by locals as Lighthouse Beach). The sunrise over Lake Michigan is stunning! Locals fish off the lighthouse pier in the early morning semi-darkness....
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Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
For a lovely view of the Chicago skyline, check out the shore of Lincoln Park. Just watch out for the fog---it can sneak up on you!
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600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier.
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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...
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Illinois Medical District, Chicago, IL, USA
The Wrigley Building
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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...