How many festivals, concerts, beach days, baseball games and road trips can you cram into four short months? After this brutal winter, you deserve a calendar full of things to do in the summer, and we can help you plan the entire season. From major annual blowouts like Lollapalooza to the best restaurants for dining outside, our summer guide lets you make the most of every minute of sunshine.
When and where to spread out a blanket and see a play under the stars
10 best music fests
Lollapalooza is huge, but is it the best? Spoiler: no. See which lineups we say you can't miss.
14 new summer books
Haruki Murakami and Stuart Dybek lead our list of top novels and nonfiction books to tote to the beach
Movies in the Parks
The schedule's best bets, from Rogers Park to Hegewisch
10 best Midwest coasters
You've got all summer to conquer these towering regional thrill rides
Must-see summer films
Here are the faces behind the season’s biggest blockbusters and new films
The best of summer
Here are the 31 things we can't wait to do from late May to Labor Day
Best theater shows
The season's highlights, from big-time visitors—Sting, Michael Cera, Sandra Oh—to Chicago troupes