June 2021: Congratulations, Chicago—we've made it to official beginning of the city's best season. Celebrate and boost your vitamin D intake this month with some outdoor adventures, like a trip to the stunning, large-scale "Human+Nature" exhibition at the Morton Arboretum in suburban Lisle or a much-needed day in the sun at one of Chicago's newly opened beaches. Plus, check out the Art Institute of Chicago's long-awaited exhibition of the Obama presidential portraits, which debut at the museum on June 18. Summer is here, so make the most of it with the best things to do in Chicago.
No matter where your interests lie, you can always find something to get excited about in this no-nonsense Midwestern metropolis. The best things to do in Chicago run the gamut—from seriously fun to awesomely educational. Looking for culture? Spend a day exploring Chicago museums. Hungry? You've come to the right place. There are tons of amazing restaurants in Chicago that highlight the city's rich and diverse culinary landscape. (And plenty of uniquely Chicago bars that do the trick, too.) We've searched all across the city to assemble this list of the best things to do in Chicago. Follow it and never get bored here again.
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