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June 2021 events calendar for Chicago

Jump into summer in Chicago with our picks for the best art, music, beaches, events and festivals

By Zach Long and Emma Krupp

Summer in Chicago doesn't really hit its stride until June, when the days are long and the threat of a late-season cold snap finally feels like a distant memory. And even though things aren't quite back to normal yet (Chicago's summer festivals won't start until July, for example, and some have been canceled entirely), you can bank on celebrating the season in style this year with tons of events, concerts and other cool happenings around the city. Round off your work week with drinks at the best rooftop bars in the city and spend the weekend sunning at one of the many Chicago beaches; we also recommend taking advantage of all the new outdoor programming, from drive-in shows to windowside art exhibits, for more opportunities to enjoy the balmy weather. Give a warm welcome to the summer season with our list of the best things to do in Chicago this June. 

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