By: Kelly McGowan
As summer is quickly approaching and warm weather is upon us, it is time to think about new adventures in the city of Chicago. There is a wide range of activities for all ages. Here are examples of some of the most popular attractions.
Kayaking is a popular water activity on a warm and sunny day in Chicago. There are instructor-guided and self-guided tours on the river offered from several companies, such as Urban Kayaks. You can view the beautiful architecture Chicago has to offer up-close, while also people-watching, looking at the many outdoor restaurants along the riverfront, and observing the wide variety of boats that sail passed you.
The boat tours start along the riverfront and lead into Lake Michigan. It is both romantic and family-friendly as all ages are welcome and food and beverages are offered. Wendella Boats, amongst other companies, gives architectural tours of many buildings along the river, informing its customers on their architecture and history. Of the many tours available, the Sunset Cruise travels on the river and heads north onto Lake Michigan where you can view the entire skyline lit up at night – a beautiful sight to see as the skyline reflects off the water.
Music festivals are offered almost every weekend in the summer months and include just about every genre imaginable. Lollapalooza is one of the largest music festivals in the nation held in late July. This venue hosts three full days of different music ranging from rap and pop to orchestra and jazz. Lollapalooza brings in the hottest artists and the music line-up changes every year. This summer, they are hosting The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Tyler The Creator, and Camilla Cabello to name a few.
The city is home to many ethnic neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greek town. To celebrate these cultures, Chicago hosts food festivals where anyone is welcome to try new foods and learn more about each culture, such as Taste of Polonia, Taste of Greektown, and Taylor Street Fiesta Italiana. In addition to cultural food festivals, American cuisine is also offered. Some of these festivals include Windy City Ribfest, Wingout Chicago for meat lovers, Tacos y Tamales Festivale, and the Great American Lobster Fest for seafood lovers.
Every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer months, Navy Pier hosts a free Fireworks Show open to everyone. You can watch the fireworks on the dock or out on a boat on Lake Michigan. Watching all the beautiful colors lit up in the sky at nighttime makes for a memorable date.