Want to get exercise while soaking in beautiful views? There’s no better way to build some upper body strength and enjoy the Chicago River than by renting a kayak and paddling on the various branches of the waterway. You can get a kayak in Avondale or along the Chicago Riverwalk—and there's even a dock at Montrose Harbor if you want to get out on the lake. Don't worry if you're a first-timer, because a quick lesson is all the stands between you and an afternoon of paddling.
Winter is brutal around here, but hey—that makes summer in Chicago all the more sweet, right? As soon as the sun starts to peek up, our calendars start filling up with plans to lounge at one of Chicago's best beaches or gather for a meal on a stunning rooftop. You'll find plenty of things to do outside within city limits, whether you want to hop on a bike trail and explore a neighborhood, have a picnic in a gorgeous park or paddle down the Chicago River. We also know you may want to escape the city for an outdoor adventure, such as hiking on beautiful trails or taking a daytrip. So when the sun is out and the days are longer, these are our recommendations on the best things to do outside in Chicago.
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