Ohhh Chicago in summertime 😍there’s nothing like it! Whether you already live here or if you’re planning a trip this summer (which you should be!), here’s my most updated bucket list of things to do in the city for summer 2018. I have lot of the typical tourist-y things you should do when visiting Chicago [in this older post here] if it’s your first time, but the list below is more of a local’s guide for things to do specifically over the next few months of summer here. ENJOY MY CITY! Tag your travel buddy in the comments of this Instagram post to start planning 🙂
Chicago Bucket List:
1. Boating day on Lake Michigan in the ‘Play Pen’
Rent a boat with friends and head out to the “Playpen” – the no-wake area just south of Oak Street Beach in Lake Michigan (one of the most fun things I’ve done here since moving to Chicago).
2. Millenium Park Summer Film Series
Plan a movie night at Millennium Park to sit, picnic and watch movies on a 40-foot LED screen (June 5 – August 21) see the full movie schedule here.
3. Divvy Bike Day
Rent Divvy bikes for a day to explore the city.
5. Windy City Smokeout
6. Sheffield Music Fest & Garden Walk
July 21 + 22, so excited about this! Lincoln Park residents open up their homes to showcase their home gardens.
7. Cubs Game at Wrigley
Watch the Cubs play then go to the new Big Star across the street after for tacos and margaritas.
8. Castaways at the Beach
9. Rooftop pool at the Viceroy Hotel – Devereaux
10. Rooftop Sushi at Noyane (rooftop of the Conrad)
11. Watch the Air & Water Show
Aug. 18 +19 —> Best view: rooftop of Eugenie Terrace
12. Lincoln Park Farmers Market
13. Free Concerts at Millenium Park
Get the concert schedule here.
14. Navy Pier Fireworks
15. Wicker Park Fest
16. Parson’s Patio
A great summer patio spot with table table tennis & negroni slushies!
17. Rent a Cabana at the beach at Shore Club
18. Punch Bowl Social Game Night
A fun place for music, food, games, and drinks. Where brunch turns into a bowling party and a bowling parties turning into all-you-can-sing karaoke.
19. Drinks at Violet Hour
My favorite spot in my neighborhood for drinks!
20. Night out at The Disco
For a marathon dancing night – check it out here.