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Things to do in the summer in Chicago

Check out the best festivals, concerts and more things to do in the summer in Chicago to make the most of every minute

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Cram all the festivals, concerts, lazy beach days, baseball games and road trips you can into Chicago's four short summer months. Our guide is packed with the best things to do in the summer, complete with amazing seasonal events, activities and fun plans to add to your calendar of burger cookouts. From major annual blowouts like Lollapalooza to the best place to drink a cocktail outside, our summer guide lets you make the most of every minute of sunshine.

Things to do in the summer in Chicago

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Things to do

Go to the beautiful beach(es)

Rhe beach is one of the most popular places in Chicago

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Bars

Drink at the best rooftop bars

Drink with a great view of the city

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Music

Attend a summer music festival

Chicago is the capital of summer music festivals

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Things to do

Check out food and street fests

Looking for things to do? There's a festival for that.

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Bars

Hang out in a beer garden

There's no better place to spend Chicago's glorious summer than a beer garden

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Bars

Eat outdoors all season

The patios are ready and waiting...

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Things to do

Watch Movies in the Parks

This year's schedule includes over 200 screenings in parks across the city

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Museums

Find Chicago's most beautiful buildings

Discover Chicago's most popular and hidden wonders

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Things to do

Wind down on a boat tour

Appreciate architectural wonders from a new vantage point

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Wind up in a helicopter tour

Get the best view of Chicago's picturesque urban sprawl

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Theater

Attend outdoor theater shows

Enjoy the outdoor stage while you can

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Things to do

Go to the best summer events

Make this the best summer ever

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Eating and drinking

Bars

The best rooftop bars

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Restaurants

The best outdoor dining

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Bars

The best outdoor bars

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Bars

The best beer gardens in Chicago

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46 dog-friendly patios

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Restaurants

Chicago farmers market guide

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Restaurants

Patios that don't require a wait

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Restaurants

The latest restaurant reviews

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See a ballgame

Sports and fitness

Chicago Cubs guide

Find sports bars, regular bars and pre- or post-game grub in Wrigleyville

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Sports and fitness

Chicago White Sox guide

Enjoy the Cell's superior bathroom facilities and stadium food options

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Music festivals

Music

Lollapalooza

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Music

Pitchfork

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Music

Riot Fest

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Music

Spring Awakening

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Find more summer music festivals

Outdoor fun

Travel

Weekend getaways from Chicago

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Things to do

Best Chicago pools

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Kids

Top 5 playgrounds for water features

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Kids

8 great playgrounds

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Events by month

Things to do

Chicago events in June

Start your summer by hitting the beach or taking to the street for Taste of Randolph

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Chicago events in July

Fireworks, giant balloons and the smell of barbecue fill the air in July

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Chicago events in August

Enjoy summer's last month by partying with the masses at Lolla or taking a trip to the State Fair

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Chicago events in September

Close out the last days of pool weather with Jazz Fest and German celebrations

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Concerts by month

Music

June concert calendar

Flight of the Conchords, Tame Impala, Florence + the Machine and more heat up your June

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Music

July concert calendar

Adele, Drake and Chicago's biggest summer music festivals reign over summer.

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Music

August concert calendar

Wilco, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Billy Joel close out summer music festival season

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Music

September concert calendar

Concerts might be moving indoors, but that's no cause for complaint

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Archive things to do in the summer coverage

Blog

Summer in Chicago is the greatest

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Bars

Frozen summer cocktails

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Blog

This summer, Navy Pier could actually be...cool?

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Shopping

What to bring to the beach in Chicago

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