As the temperature in Chicago begins to dwindle, it is clear that fall is upon us. With September just around the corner, it’s time to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer in the city. Though we are sure that your summer has been filled with late nights at rooftop bars, afternoons spent at Oak Street Beach, and mid-mornings brunching on the perfect patios, we want to make sure you get your final fill of summer in Chicago before it ends!
Here is our take on 15 things we think you MUST do in Chicago before the city turns into Chiberia (trust us, it’ll happen sooner than you think).
Dine at City Winery on the riverwalk
Spend some time on the river sipping wine and taking in the city views. There’s no better way to get a good dose of Chicago in the summer than sitting on the river surrounded by our beautiful skyscrapers.
Take your dog to Montrose Dog Beach
Go on a day-date with your pup and play at the Montrose Dog Beach. Chicago pups only get a few more weeks of fun outside before it’s time for booties and doggie sweaters. Let your dog run free as you play in the sand at the Dog Beach.
Rollerblade down the Lake Shore Path
Grab your friends and get moving! Not only are you getting in a great workout, the view of the city just gets better and better the farther you travel down the path.
Spend the whole day at the beach
Pick your favorite beach in the city and spend the day there. Having the option of urban life and beach life right at your fingertips is part of Chicago’s charm— don’t miss out on the last few times to lay in the sand while looking at the skyline.
Hit your favorite rooftop bars
Though many rooftop bars in Chicago have transformed their layouts to be compatible with all types of weather this city throws at us, nothing beats a rooftop in the summer. There is no better feeling than having the whole city right at your fingertips with a cocktail in hand.
Bike the 606
Grab your bike and take a nice, long, and enjoyable ride down the 606 path. As this path weaves in and out of different west-side neighborhoods you can see a whole other side of the city.
Cookout with your friends
Fall can still be a good time for cookouts with friends, but having an end of summer cookout is a great way to bring everyone together and enjoy the summer warmth in the city one last time.
Take a visit to Chinatown
When the winter hits Chicago it’s hard to get the motivation to travel anywhere other than work. Take advantage of the nice weather and explore special neighborhoods in Chicago that you may not think to go to regularly.
Go to a Cubs game
Spend the day in Wrigleyville at Wrigley Field cheering on the Cubs before the weather makes it hard to watch a game of baseball.. outside. Taking a day to be a fan in the bleachers will make summer feel as though it’s never-ending.
Picnic in the park
Whether you want to solo-picnic or picnic with friends, now is the time to go! With tons of parks scattered throughout the city, finding a spot to sit, relax, and snack shouldn’t be a problem!
Go on a Taco crawl
There are so many great places to get tacos in Chicago. A sunny summer day is the perfect time to get your friends together and spend the day finding the best taco joints in the city.
Go see a movie in Millennium Park
Every Tuesday, all summer long, Millennium Park has been screening their favorite movie picks. This Tuesday, August 30, The Dark Knight will be playing, so don’t miss out!
Eat or drink on your favorite patios
We all have our favorite patios to spend time at during the summer. Whether its your own personal patio in your backyard, or the patio at the restaurant down the street, now is the time to sit on those patios and relax!
Visit your local Farmers Market
Though farmers markets still tend to happen into the early days of fall, there’s nothing quite like fresh fruit from a farmers market on a summer morning.
Spend the day at Chicago Jazz Festival
For summer’s final hooray (though the festival is at the beginning of September) get together with your family or friends and go to the Chicago Jazz Festival. The festival will take place September 1-4 in Millennium Park.