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Things to do in the summer in Chicago

Experience the summer in Chicago you deserve with our guide to festivals, beaches, rooftops and more

Written by Zach Long in association with Good News
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This is the summer in Chicago you've been waiting for. We're all making up for lost time this year, taking every opportunity to enjoy picture-perfect weather and take advantage of all the events we missed out on. As the city continues to reopen, we're preparing to join the crowds at Chicago music festivals, plan an afternoon at the beach and visit some of the remaining drive-in movie theaters. Not sure what to do with yourself now that the weather is warm, the sun is shining and social-distancing isn't as much of a concern? We've put together a summer bucket list packed with activities that are better in the sun, whether you're looking for outdoor concerts, towering art installations or a trail to ride your bike on. What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy summer in Chicago right this second.

Things to do in the summer in Chicago

Dine by the water

Dine by the water

Snag food and drinks by the river or lake at these waterfront spots.

Devour a burger outside

Devour a burger outside

If you don't feel like grilling your own, Chicago restaurants are happy to serve you a patty.