Top Chicago Destinations in the Summer of 2012

Posted by Ted Guarnero admin on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 4:13pm.

My Summertime "To-Do" List in Chicago

Every year when summer rolls around in Chicago, I always start to think about some of the fun-filled things I plan on doing, but never really seem to accomplish. I lived in downtown Chicago for most of my adult life and there are still a few attractions and activities that are on my to-do list.

Whether it’s because of my busy schedule working in the Chicago real estate business or that summers in Chicago are simply WAY too short, as each season comes and goes, it’s always the same old story.

So in 2012, I’m going to make a change! I’m going to FINALLY enjoy some of the awesome amenities Chicago has to offer and make a serious effort to take advantage of living in the Windy City!

In addition, I’m fairly confident that I’m not the only one who neglects some of Chicago’s top attractions, so I’d love to know what kinds of things are on your to-do list. But in the meantime, here are just a few things I plan on seeing in the summer of 2012:

1)      Chicago Architecture Tour: Chicago has some of the greatest architecture in the world, and knowing that Chicago is home to the very first skyscraper, it’s about time I learn more about what makes up the breathtaking Chicago skyline we get to see each and every day. And besides that, who wouldn’t enjoy being out on the water on a warm summer day with a boat that houses a full bar? I’m checking this one off my list early!

2)      Chicago Botanic Garden: I love horticulture and the various events the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts every summer are fabulous; or so I’ve heard. With 24 unbelievable gardens and 385 acres of beautiful green space, there’s absolutely no way a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden can be disappointing.

3)      Arlington Park: It’s true-I have yet to see a horse race at Arlington Park. Although I’m not a huge gambler, I have to believe that spending an afternoon outside and watching some horse racing while [hopefully] winning a few extra bucks would be a ton of fun. However, much like the Chicago Botanic Garden, it’s the nuisance of driving out to the suburbs that has kept me from such an exciting and one-of-a-kind experience.  

4)      Blackhawks Playoff Game: Well, thanks to the pesky Phoenix Coyotes showing our beloved hockey team an early exit from this year’s postseason, I suppose this one will have to wait until 2013. Seriously, how do you lose every home game in a Round 1 playoff series? Disgraceful.

While there’s obviously more to Chicago that I haven’t experienced than just the few items I mentioned above, these are a few quick ideas I came up with on the spot. If you have something else you’d like to recommend, be sure to let me know so I can tack it on to my ever-growing list of things to do and see in the great city of Chicago!



Ted Guarnero, REALTOR® is a full-time real estate agent with over 1000 homes sold and $400 million in sales.  Working with Compass real estate offering professional and effective real estate services to help you succeed in the local real estate market. Visit for information on downtown Chicago real estate and to get in touch with an expert in the Chicago real estate market. Before you hire your next Realtor call Ted Guarnero 855-See-Chicago, it's on the House !


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