Hey Chicago are you hot, yet? Good, because Summers officially here ! Soon you won't even feel the heat because you'll be too busy having fun with lots of summer activities. And good news there's plenty of time for all of them this summer!
Like exploring Chicago's Navy Pier, a hustling...bustling 1.5 mile-long boardwalk, as well as indoors.Attracting well over 8 million visitors per year, Entertaining families throughout the Summer, Fall and early Winter.
Complete with restaurants like Bubba Gump, Billy Goat’s Tavern McDonalds and Capi’s Italian Kitchen. With a mall lined with small shops selling everything from apparel to toys to Chicago souvenirs. While the shops alone can keep you occupied for hours, there are plenty of other activities outside at Navy Pier to fill your day.
Thers various stages for musical performances, all designed around spending time outdoors with the family. And best of all once you have explored the Pier, Leave it the best way possible. By way of the many cruises that depart from Navy Pier. See the fire works on a cruise the night of July 4th.
At the Pier there's cruise ships of varying sizes, offering rides around Lake Michigan or on the Chicago River for anything from a short jaunt to a full multi-hour dinner cruise. An exciting yacht rental in Chicago, Adventure Sea Tours is available for private Chicago events of all kinds. Guests looking to hold a unique Chicago wedding can book the Valara VI for ceremony and receptions.
For the kids, check out the Children’s Museum which offers hundreds of hands-on, stimulating exhibits. Where they can enjoy playing miniature golf on the Piers Amusement Park area, you can ride the 15-story Ferris wheel. This is a larger rendition of the first Ferris wheel, which Chicago made famous during the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. There is also a swing-ride, the Transporter FX virtual reality simulator.
Also calling Navy Pier home, is the Shakespeare Theatre . Where patrons of the arts experience of watching one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces on this theatre’s stage is unlike any other. For a different kind of theater experience, Navy Pier also hosts an IMAX theater, showing current movies on a huge screen.
Navy Pier’s hours are Monday thru Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. For more information, check out Navy Pier’s website, or Chicago Traveler’s Navy Pier Overview or Navy Pier Summary.
Familes can enjoy scenic open air views of Chicago's scenic areas. Located in The Loop in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast theres the Gray Line Tours. It provides a fun and informative, laid-back and convenient tour of the best Chicago attractions. Just remember to reserve your place on the Gray Line Tours Chicago Hop-On, Hop-Off trolley.
Just make sure make sure the Chicago's cuisine experience takes you thru Chicago Pizza Tours, it's the first company to offer both visitors & locals tours designed around Chicago’s riches of the most defining food, pizza available.
Chicago's Loop offers enthusiasts of interior architecture, an opportunity to explore stores and places that even locals don't even know about. While having fun, on a guided walking tours of architecture, history, and culture. Chicago Detours ventures into secret indoor spaces of Chicago architecture and its underground passages. See 1940's gangster Al Capone hide out. All included thanks to, Active Cultural Family Friendly Historic Sights of Chicago Scenic.
Chicago' annual Air & Water Show is the largest free show of it's kind in the United States. You simply can't miss the summers main event in Chicago. There are a variety of aircrafts on display at this yearly event including both civilian and military aircraft. This event is one of the most popular of the summer in Chicago and prime viewing areas do fill up quickly.
Scheduled typically late in August, it can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue being the main viewing point. The event is ideal for families and also for cozying up on the lake with your honey.
All while on a sprawling beach fronts, arguably the best of the beaches, for people watching, planes, boats and other people, Would have to be the centrally located Oak Street Beach. Steps from the top knotch shopping and restaurant magnet and world-famous Magnificent Mile, Oak Street Beach is home to snack shops, lakefront running paths and dozens of volleyball nets available on a first come, first serve basis. It's the ideal place to either curl up on a towel with a book or join in the fun in a pick up game of frisbee or volleyball.
So enjoy this Summer Chicago!