Simply put, this winter season has been rough. Non-stop snow, record low temperatures, and potholes forming by the thousands all over the city, making driving conditions as hazardous as ever. Amongst all the winter chaos, it’s sometimes easy to forget how lucky we are to live in such a great city, so as we sit here and read the dreary weather report for the upcoming weekend (up to 10 inches of new snow possible by Saturday), here’s a friendly reminder of not only some of the wonderful things we can look forward to, but also why it’s always great to be a Chicagoan—no matter the time of year.
Chicago beaches in the summer are as lively and active as any in the country. Whether it’s the water that brings you to the lakefront, the recreation, or you just want a great opportunity to take in some people watching, there’s nothing quite like spending an afternoon at Oak Street Beach, North Avenue Beach, Montrose Beach, or Edgewater Beach right here in Chicago!
THE BASEBALL TEAMS
Ok, so the outlook is pretty grim for the Cubs this season. But despite the poor performance on the field, Wrigley Field is still one of baseball’s iconic stadiums and the best place in the country to catch a game. The atmosphere around Wrigley Field is electric and the environment inside the park certainly speaks for itself. But If you don’t like the Cubs, we still have that other team down on the south side of town.
As one of the most visited tourist destinations in the entire state, Navy Pier is always a great entertainment option and you don’t have to be from out of town to enjoy it. There’s restaurants, mini-golf, a Ferris wheel, live music, and outdoor booze vendors. What’s not to love?
Chicago is home to a wide-variety of world-class museums that many locals often take for granted. If you live here and don’t make a point to visit one or two annually, you’re truly missing out. Here’s a quick list of some of our favorites stops along the Chicago museum tour:Field Museum of Natural History
Museum of Science and Industry
The Shedd Aquarium
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
DuSable Museum of African American History
Art Institute of Chicago
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Smart Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Perhaps the most famous gathering spot in downtown Chicago, Millennium Park is a great place to take in some of the City’s grandest architecture and enjoy hundreds of free cultural events that include concerts, exhibitions and family activities. If you’re reading this and not from Chicago, Millennium Park is one spot you have to visit during your stay in town.
Spending a day out on the water is the best way to pass the time in Chicago. But if you don’t have access to your own boat, there’s plenty of different ways you can still enjoy the open blue waters of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The Chicago Architectural Boat Tour is fabulous but if you’re looking for something a bit more upbeat, try giving the Seadog Cruise a chance.
Although this one’s a bit more obvious, the shopping in Chicago is pretty fantastic. Of course Michigan Avenue is loaded national retailers and high-end fashion stores and if you’re looking for some quaint and unique boutique-style shops, take a stroll down Oak Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast or spend the day over in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods!
Chicago’s restaurant scene rivals any in the country. Restaurant Row over in the West Loop has transformed that entire neighborhood and other great locally owned eateries are scattered all over the city. We would provide some of our favorite lunch and dinner spots, but to be honest, the list is simply way too long.
While I admit Chicago's Theatre District isn't quite Broadway, it's probably a close second. Concerts, plays, musicals, comedy shows and more can all be enjoyed at one of many downtown Chicago theatres. And to keep it fresh, the schedules are always changing; so check to see what's coming up this summer and make it a point to experience the best live entertainment Chicago has to offer!
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