The best cheap things to do this summer
Millennium Park’s slate of free concerts is filled with music for all fans. Highlights of the lineup include Brazilian guitarist Rodrigo Amarante (June 13), the Afropop rhythms of King Sunny Adé (July 18) and hushed Swedish folk singer José González (August 1). 201 E Randolph St (cityofchicago.org). Mon, Thu at 6:30pm
Tour Revolution Brewery’s Avondale facility Wednesday through Sunday for a free taste of its suds while you check out the canning lines plus the tanks for hot liquor and fermentation. Don’t know what any of that means? You will soon. 3340 N Kedzie Ave (revbrew.com/brewery). Wed–Fri at 6, 7pm; Sat, Sun at 3, 4, 5, 6pm
Free Zumba and more in Millennium Park
Free tai chi, yoga, Pilates and Zumba mean you’re out of excuses for skipping your workout. Get outside in Millennium Park every Saturday and Wednesday. cityofchicago.com/city. Sat 7–11am, Wed 7:30–815am
Summer’s ripe for a frozen treat, so head to the bright-pink paletas spot in Pilsen to choose from a variety of flavors. The lime is super refreshing, while the blackberry is creamy and delightful. 1855 S Blue Island Ave (312-226-9600, facebook.com/lamichoacanapremiumdelpanda)
The best day trips from Chicago
Caught with a bad case of summer wanderlust and a short supply of vacation time? Luckily, Chicago is the perfect launching spot for a host of one-day escapes, from nautical adventures in Wisconsin and beaches in Indiana to sipping craft beer and spirits in Michigan and dining farmstead-style in central Illinois. Add one—or more—of these adventures to your list of things to do in the summer.