Can you feel it? Chicagoans are stirring to bask in the sun. The sprinkling of warm weather is teasing us for the best part of the year. Chicago summer. The best of both worlds; an urban city mixed with beachy vibes; eclectic rooftops, open, sunny views of Lake Michigan and outdoor activities that make you stir crazy sitting at the office.
Gone are the days where you can get a spot at Oak Street Beach on a warm day and God forbid you forgot to make a reservation at your favorite rooftop for a night or even try to go up to Wrigleyville during a Cubs game.
So, I’m here to tell you about a few of my favorite places and spaces, as well as things to do in the summer in and around the city. Like to picnic? I’ve got a spot for you! Want to go to a more secluded beach? Found one!
Not only have I been going here my whole life, now that I’m in my early twenties, there’s absolutely nothing I enjoy more than grabbing a group of 6 people and heading out to Ravinia for a night of listening to music. Take the Metra to the North Suburbs on a night and take it all the way back in to the city. +1 for no drinking and driving!
Another suburb destination, but if you have a car… it’s totally worth the day trip. Grab your beach gear and a picnic and head up to Glencoe for the day and lay on the beach. Getting restless? No worries. The beach also has sailboat rentals, kayaks and more for your day in the sun.
3. Outdoor movie theatres
In the city, Millennium Park showcases a handful of movies in the park. Perfect for date night or even a girls night “out.”
If you’re out in the suburbs, check out McHenry Outdoor Theatre. It has been around since the 1950’s and they still show the hotdog dancing during intermission. *vehicle required.
Although many have been, I still have to put this on my list. The views are amazing. It’s the perfect spot for drinks afterwork during the week.
Brand new! Right next to Prost in Lincoln Park is the newly opened Broken English with a 100 person patio. The margaritas are strong *~beware*~ 😉
Opening end of May the Conrad Hotel’s rooftop, Noyane, is an Asian inspired dream rooftop. Tons of lounge seating, an awesome sushi bar and crazy amazing views of the city. Be sure to check it out when it opens!