The Top 9 Summer Activities in Chicago

There is no better place than Chicago in the summer and this year there are endless amounts of events around town. Here are just a few of our favorites!

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Taste of Chicago   

Grant Park
Jackson & Columbus
Chicago, IL 60602

July 10th-12th, 11am-9pm & July 13th-14th, 10am-9pm


Taste of Chicago is a premier outdoor food festival that showcases the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. This wide array of cuisine is accompanied by music and activities for everyone. This lakefront tradition has been a Midwest favorite since 1980 and continues to grow every year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Chicago Cruise Events

Check Website for Various Dates/ Locations

There is nothing quite like being on the water during Chicago’s sunset. Cruise around Chicago’s coast with your friends and family while enjoying happy hour, sunsets, live music, and the occasional firework show. Enjoying Chicago during the summer has never been better.

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606 Urban Hiking Trail)

The 606
Chicago, IL 60647

Chicago’s version of New York’s High Line is finally here and it may just be better. This old train line has been reconstructed to become 2.7 miles of multi-use recreational trail and park. It is a space that brings together arts, history, design, and trails for all the Chicagoans.

The Second City

1616 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614

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The Second City is home to many of your favorite celebrity comedians and Saturday Night Live cast members. They have grown to become a leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy and put on great shows. Some of our favorite comedians to come out of The Second City are Tina Fey and Steve Carell! So go to a show and you may just be seeing the next big comedian perform on stage.

Millennium Park FREE Summer Movie Series

Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Tuesdays, June 4th–August 20th, 2019 at 6:30pm

Get cozy on the on the Great Lawn or take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to watch a lineup of classic and recent movies. Movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You, The Wiz, and The Music Man will be shown on a state of the art, 40-foot LED screen.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Outside Experience

McCormick Place, Lakeside Center Building
Chicago, IL 60616                                                                                                                                                                                           

July 13th-14th, 2019

Summer is meant for the outdoors! This Outside Experience is along the coast of Lake Michigan where you can do and find anything related to the outdoors. Find the latest gear, adventure vehicles, paddle on lake, demo anything you could imagine, and more!

Sangria Festival

Humboldt Park (main entry on Division Street)
1400 N Humboldt Dr.
Chicago, IL 60622                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

August 17th & 18th from 12-10pm

A little taste of Spain is coming right to your backyard. Bring your friends and family to have a sip in the park. There are of course endless amounts of craft sangria, food, flamenco dancers, live music, and painting!

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

July 6th & 7th, 10am-5pm

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Stroll the beautiful garden with 90 artists on the esplanade. This is a one of a kind art festival in Chicago. You will find botanic inspiration everywhere, such as in photographs, paintings, ceramics, and more. No one will be able to leave empty handed.

Chicago’s Little Italy Festa

1431 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

August 15th, 5-10pm, August 16th, 5-11pm, August 17th, 12-11pm, August 18th, 12-9pm

There is no better spot to have a full Italian experience than in little Italy itself!  From the late 1800s to the 1950s, Taylor Street was a hub for Italian immigrant families. You will be able to celebrate their rich culture with fabulous food, entertainment, and merchandise from Italy!

Visit Fletcher Jones Audi

To start your summer off right, visit Fletcher Jones Audi! Choose from our large selection of inventory, including the 2019 Q5 and 2019 Q7 SUVs to fit all your friends and family in. Don’t forget to also check out our new Audi e-tron, an all-electric SUV!

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