Best things to do in downtown Chicago this Summer
As the temperature gets warmer (and hotter!), there’s no reason for us to celebrate! Chicago have a lot of activities and it’s about time for us to take advantage of Summer season. You can go out and start stretching your legs on the trails or parks or have a blast in a beer summer festival or take a side trip to concerts and festivities.
If you are planning to go to Chicago this Summer, make sure you check out of the best things to do:
1. Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
See the iconic Chicago Skyline above 200 feet. Navy Pier’s Centennial wheel has an excellent view of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
2. Millennium Park
Enjoy free outdoor concerts, movies and fitness activities. Millennium Park is one of the best place to visit this Summer.
3. 360 Chicago
Also known as John Hancock Observatory, you can’t miss the view on top of 94th floor. Capture Michigan Avenue and discover the history of Chicago in 360 degrees. Don’t forget to try TILT, wherein you’ll able to stand in a glass floor and tilted you outward in 45 degrees.
4. Willis Tower (Sear’s Tower)
A 108 story, 1,450 foot skyscraper in Chicago. The Ledge is one of the best attraction, this is glass balcony extended outside of Willis Tower.
5. Architectural Boat Tour
A boat ride along Chicago River and discover the history of Chicago’s best architectural designs (buildings and historical places) narrated by your boat tour guide.
6. Money Museum
Learn more about banking system, money history and hands on exhibits. Kids are going to love the activities inside the museum.
7. Magnificent Mile
Shop, eat and walk around Mag Mile. Chicago’s premiere shopping and dining destination. Walk around near Chicago river walk to Water Tower along Michigan Avenue.
8. United Center, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field
Visit Chicago’s sporting venues. Make sure you purchase your tickets to see the Cubs!
9. Lake Michigan
Check out the nearest beaches and relax along Chicago’s lakefront
10. Other destinations include: Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Tech, and a lot more outdoor and park attractions.
There are more stuff to do during Summer so make sure you’ll able to plan ahead of time before visiting to Chicago. I know hotels in Chicago were fully booked during Summer so you have to make advance bookings or stay somewhere near downtown like Rosemont or O’Hare and take a L train commute going downtown.
Here’s the video of our Chicago adventure together with my Mom, Auntie and Cousins (Venga Girls) from California and Texas!