Want some exercise and some beautiful views? There no better way to build some upper body strength while enjoying 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.
We spend much of the winter keeping warm indoors, so when the temperature begins to rise and the days get longer, Chicagoans head outdoors. And while we love sipping drinks at rooftop bars or dining alfresco at outdoor restaurants, finding ways to enjoy nature (and maybe break a sweat while we're at it) is also important. You'll find plenty of things to do outside within city limits, whether you want to hop on a bike and explore a neighborhood, have a picnic in a park or paddle down the Chicago River. If you're willing to (briefly) leave Chicago, you can also find beautiful trails to hike and epic ziplines to ride. You'll always have time for things to do indoors, but when summer arrives, these are the things to do outside that are worth working into your busy schedule.