Get Your Blues On

One of the biggest and best reasons to plan a Chicago travel adventure this summer is the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival. Taking place in Grant Park and Millennium Park on June 13-15, more than 500,000 folks will groove and swoon to the ultimate blues stars. You’ll have every reason to hang out all weekend long, as guests are welcome to try food vendors and interactive activities throughout the festival. Take a seat and listen to blues legends for free. Past performers have included iconic names such as B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles and Buddy Guy, just to name a few.

Eat Outdoors

Although Chicago only gets a few months of perfect weather, everyone can be seen outside as much as possible during the warmer seasons. This especially rings true for meals. Cafes and restaurants will air out their patios and gardens to bring guests into the fold for the ultimate meal with a view. The restaurant Anteprima reigns supreme for Italian eats – nestled inside a courtyard where they grow many of the ingredients themselves. Chicago Cut Steakhouse has excellent food served out on a large patio, and Red Door also has a wooden outdoor space ideal for elegant dining. Don’t miss the city’s Taste of Chicago in July, either – it’s the city’s premier outdoor foodie celebration.

You don’t have to limit your outdoor food exploration to just restaurants. Why not graze one of the farmers markets, which are open from May to October? You can find them in neighborhoods such as the Westside, downtown or along Maxwell Street. Early May, June and July are prime times for delicious items like blueberries, cilantro, peas and cherries. 

Get Active

Take advantage of Chicago parks, Lake Michigan and everything in between this summer. You can do things like catch some rays on the lakeshore, rent bikes at North Avenue Beach or hit the links at one of the area’s many golf courses. There’s no reason to sit still in Chicago with its expansive recreational areas supporting fitness and fun for locals and travelers alike. 

Bring the Kids

Whether you have children along for the ride to Chicago, or you simply want to let your hair down and channel your inner child, Chicago has great options for family fun outside the norm. Have a blast doing kid’s yoga, visiting the planetarium or head to the Legoland Discovery Center. Brighter days bring opportunities for running through the breezy Merrimac Park or taking a Ferris wheel ride at the Navy Pier. Child-centric events seem to pop up everywhere, from the Kids and Kites festival in May to the Summer Film Series that runs June through August.

Plan out your trip with these activities and more to truly immerse yourself and your family in all the fantastic things Chicago has to offer you on a memorable summer getaway.