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Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

Chicago makes up for its blustery winters with summer sunshine and high temperatures. Whether you choose to spend a day in the city’s parks, lounge on one of Lake Michigan’s beaches, or retreat to the air-conditioned calm of a museum when the afternoon sun feels particularly strong, here’s how to spend summer in the Windy City.

  • Go for acruise along the Chicago River, and admire the city’s famous skyscrapers from the water’s edge.
  • Couple asightseeing excursion to Millennium Parkwith a night of music at the Chicago Jazz Festival.
  • Enjoy unparalleled fireworks views when you celebrate the Fourth of July aboard an all-night party yacht.
  • Head to Grant Park, and come hungry:The Taste of Chicago Festivalis one of the city’s most popular summer events.
  • Retreat to theArt Institute of Chicagofor a cultural immersion when the thermostat soars (or when summer thunderstorms roll in).
  • Enjoy a celestial show at theAdler Planetarium—and go stargazing at its companion Doane Observatory.
  • Sun yourself on one ofLake Michigan’s sandy beaches, such as North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach.
  • Combine a fresh-air stroll with the opportunity to chow down during afood-themed, neighborhood walking tour. *Commune with aquatic lifeduring an excursion to the delightful Shedd Aquarium.
  • Indulge in an urban oasis when you visit the blossoms at theChicago Botanic Garden.
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago CityPASS

Chicago CityPASS

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Get the most out of your trip to Chicago as you enjoy discount access to five of the city’s top attractions with the CityPASS. This easy-to-use mobile ticket grants you free entry into top-tier sights including the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, and the Field Museum as well as a choice of the Art Institute of Chicago or Adler Planetarium, and Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Plus enjoy a wealth of useful Chicago tips and savings at a variety of other venues and retailers.
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  • 9 days
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Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour

Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour

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Discover Chicago’s food, history, architecture and culture on this 3-hour, small-group walking tour. Try six of the Windy City’s quintessential staples from local restaurants and specialty food shops like Pizano’s Pizza and the Berghoff, the oldest family run-establishment in Chicago. Taste local favorites including deep-dish pizza,  Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich and chocolates from Fannie May, just to name a few. Along the way, see and learn about the historical, cultural and architectural components that make up this legendary town.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Chicago North Shore Half-Day Tour

Private Chicago North Shore Half-Day Tour

Explore the affluent North Shore of Chicago on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy a scenic ride along Lake Michigan, passing by four cities, plus majestic mansions and historic American homes. Stop in downtown Evanston, with a visit to the Shakespeare Garden and the campus of Northwestern University. See other popular locations like Rogers Park, Loyola University, the Bahai House of Worship, the Chicago Botanic Garden and much more. All entrance fees plus a Chicago hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Chicago Neighborhood Global Food and Culture Tour

Chicago Neighborhood Global Food and Culture Tour

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Savor the flavors of Chicago — the ‘City of Neighborhoods’ — on a guided, ethnic food tour. This 3.5-hour adventure explores two of Chicago's most diverse neighborhoods: Argyle and Andersonville on the city’s North Side. Sample seven distinctly different types of food, visit landmark locations and learn about the local history and culture.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Chicago Bike Rental

Chicago Bike Rental

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Discover Chicago's many delights from the comfort of two wheels. Simply pick up your full-day bike rental with lock, map and helmet and start exploring, either solo or with friends. Make your way through Millennium Park and to historic Wrigley Field, stop for a visit at Navy Pier or spend a couple hours watching sea turtles, penguins and even a piranha at Shedd Aquarium. You get to tour Chicago independently at your own pace and leisure without having to deal with parking or public transit.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

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Experience a colorful side of Chicago history with this Gangsters and Ghosts Tour. With a historian as your guide, you’ll step back to the roaring 20’s, when the Chicago Loop was a hub for bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Visit onetime gangster hangouts and haunted sites like the Palmer House, Congress Hotel, and Death Alley.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago River Kayak Tour

Chicago River Kayak Tour

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Set your paddle into the Chicago River on a leisurely 2.5-hour kayak tour past the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. Both novice and experienced kayakers will be at ease on this excursion past sights such as the Civic Opera Building and the Marina City Towers. Hear fascinating tales of the Windy City as you gaze at a stunning architectural landscape from the water, just how the original Chicago natives originally navigated the area!
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